A group of mostly international students lined up outside of the Aloha Center to purchase iMac desktops on sale at the BYU-Hawaii Bookstore during the early morning on Friday, July 14. On Wednesday, the Bookstore posted on Facebook about the sale, revealing there were less than 10 available that would be sold for $100 on a first come, first serve basis.
Some students lined up the night before, one claiming to be as early as 4 p.m., but said they were asked to leave by Campus Security after curfew hours. Students returned as others jointed them around 5 a.m. the morning of the sale. They came with camp chairs, pillows, and electronic devices to kill time. Around 30-40 students were waiting outside by 5:30 a.m.
The sale attracted single students and TVA couples; some parents brought their children with them as early as 5 a.m. Among the students was a local community member who goes by the name of Alohi. She said she came in hopes of buying a computer for her kids. She said, “I am really grateful that BYUH is offering their old computers. I have seven kids and three of them are teenagers. We only have this one small laptop, and all of them have to use it to do their homework.”
A couple of students said they thought the sale should’ve only applied to students. Marvin Latchumanan, a Malaysian freshman studying exercise and sports science, said, “I don’t think locals should be part of this. If this were a national bookstore then yes, but because this is a college bookstore it should prioritize it’s students.” Munkhtulga Mandakhnar, a senior from Mongolia studying business management, also said he wanted the Bookstore to prioritize student needs. He said it should clarify when these types of deals are only for students or open to the local community as well.
Students added the Bookstore should coordinate with Campus Security to ensure a time when they can start lining up. In addition to the iMacs, other computers were available such as Intel desktops, two laptops, and one monitor.