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Jobs To iPhone Customers: Drop Dead

So, you waited in line for 48 hours so you could spend 600 bucks to be the first on your block to buy an iPhone. Now your neighbor Jerry can buy one for $200 less, and you feel, well, jobbed. And you think people should feel sorry for you?
So, you waited in line for 48 hours so you could spend 600 bucks to be the first on your block to buy an iPhone. Now your neighbor Jerry can buy one for $200 less, and you feel, well, jobbed. And you think people should feel sorry for you?"I feel like a looser," wrote "Shane," a commenter on the InformationWeek message board. Well, Shane, if feel that way, and you can't spell "loser," who are we to argue with you?

Now, waiting in line for tickets to see The Police reunion tour, that I can understand. Waiting in line to view the Elgin Marbles, Ok. But camping out for an overpriced consumer device that every tech blogger who's covered the business for more than five minutes had been saying for months would be discounted almost immediately post-launch? There's one born every minute, pal, and you're one of 'em.

And don't get the idea that just because Steve Jobs posted a pseudo-apology on the Apple Web site, and is offering another $100 so you can buy more cool overpriced stuff from your local Apple store, that he feels bad. ("I tried to tell [Larry Ellison] that it was secretly our plan all along," confides Fake Steve Jobs, "and how it's really super clever because we get to bring these iTards back into the stores all over again to spend their hundred bucks.") Jobs is no more capable of feeling sorry for his customers (who after all have the privilege of paying hundreds of dollars for the stuff he sells) than I am.

Read the Jobs letter again. Here's what it says: