Apple announces a new line of iPhones, and the annoying pretentious yuppies all descend on the Apple Store in New York.
Apparently, middle men are paying poor people $30-$60 above the sale price for the phones — so I can sympathize with the people standing in line. With the police treating them with contempt, not so much.
Maybe what Apple should do is have a price that changes over time: charge $10K per phone on the first day of release to gouge the status-seekers who just have to have the latest phone (which really isn’t that much better than the last version — I’m still using an iPhone 4, which is a great piece of technology, and adequate for my needs), and then drop the price by a little bit each day, until it drops to the semi-exorbitant normal cost. Apple would make more money, the rich people would be thrilled, normal middle-class people wouldn’t lose anything by waiting six months. We all win!
Except the poor people, who lose a chance to get paid a few bucks to sleep on the sidewalk. But they always lose, anyway.