Apple fans in Toronto line up more than 12 hours early to buy an iPad

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Eighteen-year-old Toronto resident Delaan Ruban finally got his hands on an iPad this morning.
All it took was a 13 hour wait in line.
Ruban was at the front of the queue at the downtown Eaton Centre mall, where he began camping out Thursday at 7 p.m.
He was one of about eight shoppers who stayed up all night to ensure they'd get the chance to buy one of the tablet computers, which range in price from $549 to $879.
By Friday morning, as the Apple store was about to open, more than 120 others were behind Ruban.
In addition to Canada, the iPad is also being launched today in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and Britain.
The iPad was released in the U.S. about eight weeks ago and quickly sold more than a million units.
Many customers were cross-border shopping Canadians, who couldn't wait to get their hands on the latest, greatest tech toy.
The iPads are $50 cheaper in the U.S.
Ruban said he tried to buy one in the U.S. but they were sold out everywhere. And so he decided he'd have to get to the Toronto store early.
"I've been excited for a long time about this so I figured I either order it online and wait ... or just line up and get my hands on one."
He figured 7 p.m. on Thursday was a "reasonable" time to start waiting in line and didn't expect to be the first. The second person in line arrived about an hour later.
Rogers and Bell have announced data plans for the 3G models of the iPads and neither is offering an unlimited option.
Both are charging $15 for 250 megabytes of data or $35 for five gigabytes of data.
The iPad is also being sold at Best Buy and Future Shop stores across the country.

Organizations: Apple, Eaton Centre, Bell Best Buy and Future Shop

Geographic location: Toronto, U.S., Canada Australia France Germany Italy Japan Spain Switzerland Britain

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  • EJCM
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    There was only a dozen or so people at Futureshop this morning at opening. Walked in and got myself one.

  • EJCM
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    There was only a dozen or so people at Futureshop this morning at opening. Walked in and got myself one.