Apple No Cash For iPad Policy

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Battlestar, May 15, 2010.

  1. Battlestar macrumors 6502

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    While Apple has decided not to accept cash for iPads in any of its own retail locations what about Best Buy?

    Has anyone gone into a Best Buy lately and purchased an iPad using cash?
     
  2. Ca$hflow macrumors 6502

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    Why are they not accepting cash? That is so retarded.:rolleyes:
     
  3. JeffMorse macrumors regular

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    I paid cash for my wifi ipad on release day. Nobody batted an eye about it.
     
  4. Battlestar thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Because they want to track how many iPads a person buys. There is a life time purchase limit. They are probably doing this to cut down on people overseas getting gouged on eBay.
     
  5. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    Because of the 2 per person limit. They want to keep tabs on you.

    As for BB, they'll take what ever payment type you have -- maybe even food stamps... OK kidding on that one. They'll gladly accept drug money though -- just don't tell 'em.

    Problem is, you have to find a BB with one in stock. That part is not so easy. They get in like 4 a week or something silly.
     
  6. fishmoose macrumors 68000

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    Anyone knows if this policy will be forever? I'm going to NY in August and I would prefer to pay cash instead of with my Visa card.
     
  7. jb1280 macrumors 6502a

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    I doubt it will be forever, but it will be quite sometime before all models are shipping in 24h worldwide.
     
  8. jerkstore99 macrumors member

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    If they give you problems about paying with cash, just buy several Apple gift cards with the cash and use those to buy your iPad.
     
  9. me2000 macrumors 6502

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    You cant use gift cards either.
     
  10. Grimace macrumors 68040

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    You can't use Apple gift cards either. It has to be a credit or debit card.

    Because of supplies, Apple limits the number of iPads purchased at one time to 2 units, and 5 in a lifetime on one credit/debit card. They can't track cash or gift cards so those are not accepted.

    It was the same way with the iPhone for a while, until international sales were robust and people weren't flipping them on eBay.
     
  11. fishmoose macrumors 68000

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    Thanks for the answers, I'll guess I will try to find out if the policy is still in effect come August. If it is I'll just have to use my Visa. Do they accept international cards/buyers? It's the Wifi model I'm looking to get.
     
  12. Apple all life macrumors 6502

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    I dont get this. I live on long island in NY and I paid for my ipad in cash. I just paid and went home. I think it varies with apple stores.
     
  13. Julien macrumors G3

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    One reason is handing cash in a business is a giant PIA. You must monitor, count, balance, create deposits/withdraws, securely store, keep other monies on hand for change and hire a compony to shuffle it to and from the bank.

    Plus it's one more GIANT security risk to expose your emploies to. Apple likely get an insurance discount by not handling cash.
     
  14. lionheartednyhc macrumors 65816

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    Due to the current stock levels, they have changed the policy to "Not accepting any form of payment for ipad"
    :D
     
  15. alana22 macrumors regular

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    This is not true. I bought my iPad with cash, no problem at all.

    ETA: Bought from Apple Store, not BB
     
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  17. Runt888 macrumors 6502a

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    The manager of one of my local apple stores says that the official Apple policy is to only take debit or credit cards - however, a lot of managers decide to unofficially accept cash, since currently Apple corporate isn't cracking down on it.
     
  18. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    I paid cash for mine. All in 20's looked retarded but it all went fine. 16gb WiFi
     
  19. gatearray macrumors 65816

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    :)

    That's a very creative and interesting theory, but it is not true at all. Like all retail businesses, Apple takes cash all day long, just not for iPads at this time for the afore mentioned reasons in this thread and the several other threads in these forums...

    If you really need to pay in cash, and you're buying just one for yourself and not to resell on eBay, any Apple store manager worth his salt should be able to recognize that and they will bend on the official policy currently in place, period.
     
  20. JefferyShin macrumors regular

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    Don't they HAVE to take cash?

    I mean, they can't not accept it, it's legal tender.
     
  21. iSingandiDance macrumors 6502a

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    Haven't seen any at Best Buy.

    I think you should just open up a checking account.

    If your credit is jacked, purchase a pre-paid visa, wait a week to get the official card in the mail, and then try the Apple Store again.

    Or you can wait until after they're released in Europe. The cash sanction should be lifted shortly thereafter.
     
  22. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    For paying debts, not to buy a gadget. :cool:
     
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  24. me2000 macrumors 6502

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    A business can choose to take whatever form of payment they wish.
     
  25. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Well, not exactly. :D

    Cash is legal tender for all DEBTS, public or private. The issue here is that Apple is under no obligation to enter into a transaction with you. No transaction, no debt.

    If however you were to incur some debt, say, for example, you knocked over an expensive iPad display at the store and you broke it, if they asked you to pay for it, they would have to accept cash.

    Don't try this at home. :cool:
     

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