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iPhone 6 debuts next week; People paid $7,000 to lineup early at NYC Apple store

Technically the iPhone 6 isn’t out yet. That doesn’t matter to some folks who are already in line, five days early mind you, to pick up the new phone. In what has become a symbolic status symbol, the upcoming iPhone is going to be in the hands of some users who need it now. According to The Verge on Thursday, the people waiting are being paid to secure the top spots in advance so they can pick up the new phone first.

In this photo illustration, a woman uses the Uber app on an Samsung smartphone on September 2, 2014 in Berlin, Germany
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So how much does a person get paid to line up early outside of an Apple store? Well, like any other job there is a premium fee for being first and it appears to be as much as $7,000. CNBC reports on Wednesday that in the past that it isn't unheard of big money being exchanged for the coveted spots.

Camping in front of an Apple store isn’t as glamorous as it might sound. The individuals are left to sit in lawn chairs and watch life go by on the streets of Manhattan as they mingle until Tuesday. Apparently, this includes being out in the middle of the night as well as during the day so their place in line is not taken. Then, closer to Tuesday, the store will round up everyone and the final stretch offers the chance to get the merchandise for their clients and get paid.

The fun of camping out to see a celebrity perform a live concert might be worth it as an experience can never be replaced. Yet, the idea to camp out for an object that will be easily purchased weeks from now seems a bit obsessive. Then again $7,000 for less than a week’s worth of work is a great haul.