Let's Take New Gun Laws....

Every time a crazy goes in and kills people there is usually an out cry from the Gun Control group to do something. 

I was not disappointed to almost immediately here the cry from the media that something must be done to control the amount of and access to guns. I will admit that one of the articles was at least honest that other than an outright ban on guns nothing would have stopped this tragedy.

The perp who committed this last despicable act was of legal age to buy a gun. The gun was purchased with a background check. As Karl Rove put it the only thing that would have stopped this nut would have been the repeal of the 2nd amendment.

Now this tragedy has brought up an issue that the media and feel gooders could get behind and that is the banning, or removal of the confederate flag. The gun control lobby has been moved to the 2nd row as the debate over the confederate flag blusters on.



Politics of the day....

What am I waiting to know regarding our politic's this week? No special order but here it is....

  1. Supreme Court Rulings - Obamacare, Gay Marriage, Census to count citizen's or just people. The last one maybe the sleeper here.
  2. What gun control laws will the politicians come up with to solve the violence? Karl Rove has already stated that the only way to stop the violence is to repeal the 2nd Amendment.
  3. Appeals Court Texas ruling on immigration.
  4. TPA and the Senate.
  5. What will Donald Trump say this week to piss someone off?

Let Down Is Not So Bad

This morning I had a chance at obtaining the iPhone 6, not the 6+. I did not as I am still thinking this one over. I just read a review on Forbes that discussed the issue of size which is my concern. The 5s was a good size for me as it fit in my pocket and with a wallet case was not too large. The 6+ just seems big and I tell myself this is about the camera. I am not sure which side will win out, so I continue to read reviews.

Apple Let Me Down....

So the past 5 years I have upgraded to the new iPhone. This year I arrived earlier at the Apple Store than many years prior. I do not pre-order as I enjoy the event, speaking with fellow Apple Fans.

As I walked into the mall entrance at 4:30 am I knew something was not right. In all the past years the line for an event goes down the Apple store wall and then wraps down a cove area where there are some smaller shops. Usually this area can hold 300 or so people. Not this year the line wrapped down the main artery of the mall. The difference is now there is one long line that is broken by segments for the crosswalks from one side of the mall to the other. 

This created an issue for security as the line now spanned ⅓ of the mall artery instead of all being in a cove. This also made the Media with their video camera's have to traverse the mall looking for a story.

The next thing I noticed was all the Asian's which has been increasing each year. I would say almost half the line was composed of Asians. I have nothing against Asians. What this signaled to me was that this group and I remember many of them are here to buy phones and ship them to China where the iPhone 6 is not yet released.

You can't blame the NYC contingent as I call them, because they have driven up from NYC which is about a 2hr drive. Why the group drives up is that the NYC Apple stores lines are 12 blocks. This group comes up early the day before the release and they are guaranteed a phone. In NYC people started lining up two weeks ago.

How much money can be made? Here is what I am finding either on news stories or my conversations with the NYC contingent. An iPhone 6 will cost $600-$800 Unlocked. That same phone will go for $2600 to $3600 in China/Hong Kong. Not bad, each person can get 2 If there are there is a group of 100 individuals getting phones that is 200 phones. Average the cost of the phones at $14,000, now the average sale value of $3,000 per phone with 200 they make gross $600,000. Now the individuals in the store are not making the money but some so the final profit will erode due to expenses, but that potential profit is a motivator.

I roughly counted the people in line and out of the 300 individuals in front of me, half had the NYC contingency look to them. I left the mall when they announced the 6+ was out.

Right before the announcement I saw a group of officers taking out some individuals who were out of control. 

Not sure if I will go to the Apple store anymore for events. I like the atmosphere but this last trip is convincing me it is not worth it anymore. The system has been coopted for export with good incentives, the mall made a mistake and I have never seen the police having to arrest people in line before.