I was dumb and fought the crowds this morning. We had a single location in Vancouver (and BC I assume) the Moonswatches would be available
Swatch store is located in a big mall that opens at 10am. The swatch clerk told me to maybe try to come in for 7:30? But wasn’t sure if or when we could get into the mall… but to try lineup near the store once inside. There are about 20 different mall entrances and no one knows when or which doors will open, she figured that most open by 8am even though no stores open till 10.
0630 arrival - stood in huge line in underground parking lot at a locked entrance for ~30 minutes
0700 - saw in distance what appeared to be an alternate entrance that looked unlocked
Risking it all, left current line and ran a few minutes to other door - and found a way into the mall! Yippee! I’m winning 🏆
Dash upstairs - and I’m at the end of another huge line snaking out of site. Disheartening volume of people, but.. now I’m in the mall, in the real line! Whoop 🙌 I’ll settle in for the long haul. Deploy Folding chair! Still winning 🏆
After a while I’m getting annoyed as the single dude in front keeps getting joined by more friends. When it hits 4+ people I tell him “lineups grow from back and to please have some care and courtesy for others “
“Everybody does it!” Thanks, 🤬
Waiting, waiting… and a report drifts down line - there are at least 2 other massive lineups in different parts of the mall. Nobody knows which is ‘correct line’… but Im solidly in this line so can’t risk leaving in search of alternates now. Hmmm 😬.
Wait longer - eventually Security shows up - this is the wrong line - we should all run to Macdonald’s area (a third line nobody knew about?). Some argue that they are wrong - swatch staff said we lineup inside the mall ..
As argument cont, gradually the thousands around me dash off to join another huge line, I don’t know where? - and my desire to fight for a plastic quartz finally self immolates
So: back to car, back to home, back to quiet morning coffee and NYT. 😓😑
Now in Retrospect - glad it didn’t work out - just watched the Jenni Elle review and I wasn’t impressed. And yes, 100% will revenge buy something else nicer 🤠
I’m a mechanical watch nerd who intermittently wears Garmin triathlon watches. Explore the ocean and the mountains in my free time. I’m from Vancouver BC, and live here now. Also lived in Japan for a...