Cash at Apple Store?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by MacVault, Dec 14, 2006.

  1. MacVault macrumors 65816

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    I want to go buy a new Macbook. Does anyone know if I can walk into an Apple Store and pay [anonymously] with cash???
     
  2. ftaok macrumors 601

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    Of course you can pay with cash. If they ask for any information (i.e. phone number, zip code), simply decline to provide any info. I guess they have cameras in the store, so I don't know if you're 100% anonymous, but they won't have a credit card trail on you.

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  3. mufflon macrumors 6502

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    dunno if that was what he was actually asking, anonymity and all that might be relevant, but what I think the OP was asking was whether or not an apple store is a normal store or not - the answer is indeed yes - albeit run by apple :)
     
  4. crazycat macrumors 65816

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    Why would they not accept cash?

    I bought a macpro from the apple store in London via cash without any problems, i dont see why you should have any.
     
  5. MacVault thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yea, I was just wanting to know if I could actually buy a Macbook without having a credit card trail tied to the MAC address of the network card(s).
     
  6. crazycat macrumors 65816

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    I would not think that Apple would be keeping records such as the ones your thinking. If you want to buy using your CC you can go via amazon or other online stores.
     
  7. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    Paranoid are we?
     
  8. MacVault thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I don't know for sure, but I would be surprised if they don't record the serial number of the computer with the order or credit card transaction. From the serial number they can find out the MAC address - at least the one the unit shipped with. I spoofed the Airport MAC in my iBook, but it's been so long I forget how ;)
     
  9. MacVault thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Not really paranoid, but I just read George Owell's 1984.

    Speaking of being paranoid... is there any way to physically switch the microphone on/off in the Macbook?

    :D ;) :D
     
  10. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    Yep, that'll do it...carry on

    Yeah, throw it out the window of a 5+ story building...or give it to me.
     
  11. MattyMac macrumors 68000

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    hahah yeah you can...I bought my 12in PB, applecare, printer, and iPod mini all at once in cash. The guy was like...uhhhh OK, but of course there wasn't any problem.

    IT'S MONEY!
     
  12. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    I had a kid pay for an iPod in all singles. His grandfather gave the $300 in singles to him for Christmas as a joke, I jokingly told the kid to tell his grandfather that I didn't think it was a very funny joke.
     
  13. MacVault thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Oh, and I not only read 1984, but I'm actually seeing it come to pass - especially in this United States of Bush, or United States of RIAA, MPAA, etc.
     
  14. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    Welcome to 5 years ago...

    I'd suggest we leave it there before this gets moved to the Political threads...
     
  15. MacVault thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Exactly!
    nuff said.
     
  16. MattyMac macrumors 68000

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    Hahah good story!
    ...and you work at an apple store, cool!

    Just out of curiousity...how old was he?
     
  17. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    fixed.

    He was like 9
     
  18. mr_matalino macrumors 6502a

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    Record the Mac address? Switch off microphones? Tell me you don't actually think that Apple has some conspiracy theory for tracking Macs, do you??
     
  19. MacVault thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm not saying Apple has motive to track people down, but it looks to me like the serial number of a computer and the MAC address are linked in their systems as those two numbers appear on the labels on the computer boxes. If they link the serial number to the sales transaction, which is linked to the credit card, then they (RIAA, CIA, or whoever) has a trail from the MAC address to the purchaser.

    As for the microphone... http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/09/03/2148216&from=rss
     
  20. skye12 macrumors 65816

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    You do know they will follow you to your car and get the
    license number. Thats what hapened to me.
     
  21. MacVault thread starter macrumors 65816

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    What's the unix command to spoof my license plate #?

    :D :D
     
  22. jruc4871 macrumors regular

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    Is there a unix command to settle the anxiety attack this thread is giving me?
     
  23. MacVault thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ha! You need one since you're in D.C.

    :D :D
     
  24. OldSkoolNJ macrumors 6502

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    When you got to register your computer it will put in your name to the serial number. If it does not you will not have your one year warranty.

    Why dod I get this bad feeling I could end up in court in like 3 years. SO when the defendant asked for advice to hide his identity you amoung others helped him on this so called forum. "uhhmm ... uhmmm .. nooo"

    :eek:
    Kevin
     
  25. joshwest macrumors 65816

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    If you went into the store and paid with over 10k worth of stuff in cash i think you would have to fill out a form, i know car dealerships have to
     

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