Apple Axes 'No Cash' Policy for iPad Sales

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    Earlier this week, the spotlight was put on Apple for its policy prohibiting customers from purchasing iPads with cash by a report from KGO-TV in San Francisco noting the case of a woman on fixed income who had saved up cash over a period of weeks to purchase an iPad as her first computer.
    With no credit or debit card in her name, she was unable to purchase her iPad, the victim of an Apple policy designed to help prevent customers from circumventing purchase limits in place to deal with tight supplies of the popular device.

    Apple initially stood by its policy, but today Apple Senior Vice President for Retail Ron Johnson announced that the company has changed its policy to allow customers to purchase iPads with cash if they set up an Apple account in the store at the time of purchase.
    As a gesture of goodwill toward Diane Campbell, the woman whose experience brought the issue considerable publicity, two employees visited her home today to offer her an iPad free of charge.
    Apple's "no cash" policy was not unique to the iPad, as the company has introduced it in October 2007 for the iPhone in order to deal with high demand.

    Article Link: Apple Axes 'No Cash' Policy for iPad Sales
     
  2. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    Apple can't stand bad news. they make sure to kill it as soon as possible
     
  3. reden macrumors 6502a

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    I tried to buy mine with cash too, where's my free iPad? Damnit.
     
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    Wow! free iPad! That is a nice gesture on Apple's part.
     
  5. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    taht lady is going to need to buy a computer now...to even use it
     
  6. LurchNC macrumors regular

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    That's what I was thinking.
     
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  8. Xavier macrumors 68030

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    So she wants to have technology... why not use a debit card?
     
  9. mastrorj68 macrumors newbie

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    maybe someone should have stopped her from buying one as her first computer, bc u actually need a computer to use the thing. Atleast thats what a mac sales person told me. They said its in an agreement that u sign that u have to have a computer b4 buying an IPAD.

    She has no debit card in her name...ok u can go to almost ne bank with bad credit and mine is bad still open up a checking account and get a debit card. In fact TD bank lets u do all of that including have the card ready in 5 min. Or **** go to the gas station and get a money order lol. Am i missing something here?
     
  10. doubleatheman macrumors 6502a

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    So happy the stupid no cash deal with apple is over....
     
  11. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Sigh. Pending the definition of "fixed income", I'm willing to bet there are better things she could have spent her money on. [flame war initiate]

    On the other hand, it's nice to see them come up with a compromise solution.

    If she set up her account in the store, one would reasonably assume that she activated the iPad there as well.
     
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    ^ this, at least to activate it...

    Step one: Set ridiculous policy
    Step two: Receive bad press
    Step three: Reverse ridiculous policy, hand out free gadget to eldery, crowned as saints
    Step four: ???
    Step five : Profit
     
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    Maybe Apple should have thought about that and brought her a nice new 8-core Mac Pro with a cinema display!!


    Apple is now a slave to news..A good thing imho.
     
  14. NGL macrumors member

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    Not true, as far as I'm aware. It needs to be hooked up with iTunes once to activate it (one of the employees could have done it with their laptop) then it's good to go.

    -Nick
     
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    I do question how one can even function in a society without a mere checking account? I mean, I can not think of a single employer who pays cash instead of checks....and if you get paid via check then you must have a checking account.

    Even if she did not have one, she could have gotten one for free with a debit card and been able to circumvent this

    Or maybe she is isn't the brightest bulb in the box...


    Help me think of a way to illustrate an Apple policy as bad so I can get a free product!
     
  16. briankwest77 macrumors member

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    Since when is an apple account needed to own an iPad?
     
  17. enzo thecat macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, this story is bs on so many levels. Typical propaganda agenda-driven Bull Sh**. And poor Apple has to bend on its knees.
     
  18. pukifloyd macrumors 6502a

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    This is awesome! It was a nice thing by apple to give her a free ipad...:)
     
  19. MacFan25863 macrumors 6502a

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    You're forgetting this is Apple.

    Step one: Set ridiculous policy
    Step two: Profit
    Step three: Receive bad press
    Step four: Profit
    Step five: Reverse ridiculous policy, hand out free gadget to eldery, crowned as saints
    Step six: Profit
    Step seven : Profit some more
    Step eight: Release next version/big thing
    Step nine: Return to step one. Profit.
     
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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone 3GS (OS4.0b3): Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_0 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8A274b Safari/6531.22.7)

    Indeed. Can you say 'fan for life'? :)

    Seriously though, good PR for Apple. They certainly need it these days ...
     
  21. anthny680 macrumors member

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    Great. How about gift cards? Are Apple retail stores also changing policy to accept Apple gift cards for purchase of an iPad?
     
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    **Or maybe she is isn't the brightest bulb in the box...** she thought an IPAD would be a great choice for her first computer. ITs like saying i want a computer that i can edit movies...excuse me sir, can u show me where the netbooks are? lol
     
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    Free iPad?! :eek: I need to think of some clever scheme that gives Apple bad publicity so I can get a free iMac or something.
     
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    i needed one for my ipod touch when i first got it...in 2007
     

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