HLO Apple Store Marathon Stop 3: Chadstone

applestorechadstone Chadstone is one of the biggest shopping centres in the Southern Hemisphere, so with post-school crowds I figured there should be plenty of people hanging around for my third and final Apple Retail Store of the day.

Getting to Chadstone (in Melbourne) from Chatswood (in Sydney) was, of course, rather complex, involving three separate train trips, two bus rides and a plane journey. On the plus side, the plane was bang on time. On the minus side, Cityrail in Sydney were having an all-too-common meltdown when it came to deciding which train would actually head to the airport, which platform it might use and whether any actual paying customers needed to be given that information.

Also the helpful suggestion by one reader to try washing my defunct Qantas card with soapy water sadly didn't bring it back to life. But I made the journey without any real dramas or delays.

I'd expected that the Chadstone store would architecturally be similar to Chatswood — an Apple interface on a standard retail box. That pretty much proved to be right. And the crowds were also there — in force.

This was a nice way to finish the day — after visiting one store that was half-empty and one shopping centre that was not overflowing with non-Apple customers, it was good to see a bit of activity. No offer of a plastic bag (or an email receipt) this time around, but I took the gift card envelope just for the sake of variety.

So now I'm armed with all three iTunes cards and can face the evening's laundry. But readers have until the end of Friday to enter our competition to win one of the cards, so get your playlist in if you haven't already. The winners will be revealed on Monday May 11, and then I'll decide if it's worth trying the whole thing again with the added complication of the new Robina store.

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Throughout May 2009, Lifehacker Australia editor Angus Kidman will be travelling throughout Australia with just one carry-on bag for the Hand Luggage Only project.

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