You are ready to give Apple $17,000 for a wristwatch, and you are ready to be rewarded for that loyalty. You want people to see you cutting the line, sitting in the comfy chairs, enjoying the Apple Geniuses undivided attention. You plan on making ample use of the device’s exclusive 24/7 support and video conferencing.
Today is the day.
You wander into the gray and glass scene of an Apple retail store, perhaps the giant glass cube on 5th Avenue in Manhattan. Your fox fur coat sweeps the floor as you toss nickels to the iPhone-holding masses who crawl at your feet.
A Brooks Brothers-clad Apple Store employee wanders up to you and he knows. You’re here to buy the Apple Watch Edition.
You are ushered ahead of the plebes crowding the store. They with their simple iPad questions, their iPhone reset issues. “Out of our way!” the Apple Genius bellows, protecting you in a Heisman-like stance as you both make your way to the back. A red velvet rope is brought out to protect you from the commons. He cracks open the in-store safe and pulls out two Apple Watches for you to try on. As you stand on the special mat, your assistant who is sitting on the Apple Watch Edition stool tries to bother you from the custom stools with some important news. “Not now,” you say. “I’ve only been here for 30 minutes.”
15 minutes later, you’ve finally settled on the “red modern band” and you’re ready to make a purchase. After swiping your black card, you hop in your Uber SUV and go home to set up your new timepiece. You make your assistant video conference with the Apple employee assigned to your set up. You eat thousands of Acai berries.
Your assistant slips the red band onto your wrist. It matches your Louboutins.
You try to track your heartbeat. Nothing’s there. You call up the 24/7 hotline, furious with rage.
“Ma’am, I think you need to charge it first.”