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Apple customers in Turkey are being turned away at retail stores by staff following the halt of online product sales in the country, although the exact reason for the in-store sales halt is unclear.

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According to macReports, the halt is due to rapid currency fluctuations as the Turkish lira has declined significantly in recent days, and store staff are telling customers that normal sale operations will resume once the Turkish economy stabilizes.

Other Turkish sources have claimed that the stores have been selling products today and that any halt is simply due the stores running out of available stock to sell, a supply chain situation that has been ongoing for some time and has regularly resulted in Apple stores limiting in-store sales.

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Images shared by macReports show customers waiting outside two Apple Stores in the country's largest city, Istanbul. According to the report, customers with service appointments are being attended to, while customers looking to purchase products are being turned away. Retail staff is also reportedly telling customers that once sales resume, a price hike can be expected for products due to the Turkish lira collapsing.

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Apple stopped the sale of products in Turkey yesterday following a historic economic collapse which resulted in the Turkish lira dropping 15%. At the time of writing, a Turkish lira is equivalent to approximately 0.082 U.S. dollars. We've reached out to Apple for a statement.

Article Link: Apple Customers in Turkey Being Turned Away at Retail Stores as Halt on Product Sales Continues
 
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MLVC

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They need that many people to process the appointments? I don't think all of them are technicians.
Not sure why you think there are a lot of employees in that store, as I really can't make that up from those pics. Anyway, they showed up to work and were told not to sell anything. At least that's my guess.
 

davidjschloss

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"...although the exact reason for the in-store sales halt is unclear."

a few paragraphs later

"Apple stopped the sale of products in Turkey yesterday following a historic economic collapse which resulted in the Turkish lira dropping 15%. At the time of writing, a Turkish lira is equivalent to approximately 0.082 U.S. dollars. We've reached out to Apple for a statement"

I think the reason is pretty clear. Apple stopped sales after the currency crashed because the Lira is now useless and they sell expensive products.
 

ilikewhey

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"...although the exact reason for the in-store sales halt is unclear."

a few paragraphs later

"Apple stopped the sale of products in Turkey yesterday following a historic economic collapse which resulted in the Turkish lira dropping 15%. At the time of writing, a Turkish lira is equivalent to approximately 0.082 U.S. dollars. We've reached out to Apple for a statement"

I think the reason is pretty clear. Apple stopped sales after the currency crashed because the Lira is now useless and they sell expensive products.
its not useless if you're a tourist.
 

FreeWoRLD83

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The volatility was so high that at some point, some Apple products were cheaper to buy in Turkey than their USD equivalence, since Apple did not update the prices (or rather would not be able to keep up with such daily changes). Of course some greedy ones wanted to take advantage of the situation and massive purchase attempts were made.

This is why they stopped selling.

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deaglecat

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Apple products as a proxy for a hard currency. LoL.

This is what inflation looks like. Turkey wont be the last…I expect price increases in other markets in 2022 if not outright closures.
 
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now i see it

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I think at this juncture, anyone who wants an iPhone, already has a perfectly functioning one - they just want something newer to get that warm fuzzy feeling. Of course some people definitely need to buy a new iphone, but that crowd of people at that mall probably only has 15 people at tops in that category.
 
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