Snapshots from the NYC iPhone line: Sellouts and power hounds

Several people offer to sell their spots in line for several thousand dollars; another, determined to stay, brings a portable generator to power his laptop.

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Considering this guy was somewhere in the 60s or 70s, place-wise, I doubt anyone would fork over five G's for his spot. Caroline McCarthy/CNET Networks

With under six hours to go, some people in line for the iPhone in New York are seeing if they could make a few bucks off the product hype by selling their places in line. As far as I can tell, there have not yet been any takers.

I wonder if it'd be worth it for the free mattress? Caroline McCarthy/CNET Networks

Considering the exorbitant amounts they're asking, you wonder if they're actually serious about it.

This guy's probably willing to wait an extra five days or so. Caroline McCarthy/CNET Networks

iLiner #12 (software consultant Scott Conley), however, has been in it for the long haul. In order to power his MacBook Pro, he brought a portable generator. He's able to tap into the Apple store's free Wi-Fi network as a result.