Robert Samuel knows some people are peaceful to compensate good income to have someone else do a watchful for them. In fact, he has incited line-waiting into a successful business.
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Samuel and his company, Same Ole Line Dudes, are veteran line waiters — verbatim stand-ins for other chairman who wish a new iPhone 6, latest singular book shoes, new video game console, whatever a prohibited sheet object is of a moment.
Today was a initial day business could squeeze a new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in stores, Samuel got an sequence to secure 22 iPhones for 11 desirous customers. Hours before Apple stores in New York City opened, he and a other 10 group he employed to secure a phones scouted out store locations opposite a city to see that would be best, pity fight stories and comparing wait times.
Samuel, 39, got in line during a Apple store on 14th Street in Manhattan around 6 p.m. on Wednesday and waited for a subsequent 38 hours to secure a iPhones.
He charges $25 for a initial hour of waiting, and $20 for any additional hour. The full rate for his 38-hour wait for a iPhone 6 was $765.
Most of a time, Samuel says he stands in line, though given he lives nearby a store, he brought an IKEA rocking automobile and his table chair with him from home so he would be comfortable.
“You have to be patient, and we have to find ways in artistic times to occupy your time,” he said. “You should always try to rivet a people around we given a one thing we don’t wish to do when you’re watchful in line is we don’t wish to wish a people behind we to be taken behind when somebody switches up.”
“Switches up,” definition infrequently Samuel will be paid to wait in line for someone else, until he gets tighten to a front, and a chairman who paid him wants to take over his mark so they get a excellence of purchasing a object themselves.
He works full time as a confidence guard, though his line-sitting business has gotten steadier overtime given his initial line-waiting pursuit final year — removing paid $100 to wait in line for a iPhone 5s after posting an ad on Craigslist charity his line-waiting services.
He has picked adult some-more business over time, watchful in for Nike Air Jordan releases, women’s shoe representation sales, uncover tickets, even watchful in line for a famous cronut, a croissant-donut multiple pastry, on a unchanging basis. Samuel pronounced he gets requests 4 times a week to secure and broach dual $5 cronuts for other people and gets paid $60 any time to do it.
Sporting events too. Although he didn’t go to Brazil for a World Cup this summer, Samuel pronounced he went to a Brazilian embassy to collect adult someone’s visas and passports for them.
It’s transparent that Samuel’s business trust him, and he’s peaceful to negotiate cost if he can’t secure a object he was sent out to get.
“You’re profitable for a use of us waiting,” he said. “I always make that clear, in a name of good patron service, we would offer to give a income behind generally if they’re a constant patron given we don’t wish to unbending someone who decides to use us repeatedly… we wish to keep a customer, we wish to make them happy.”