iPhone Pre-Order - Pay In Cash?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Seraphx17, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. Seraphx17 macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2009
    I was hoping to buy the iPhone 5 with cash instead of a credit card. Is this possible?

    I had planned on picking it up in store; could they just place an authorization hold on a credit card when pre-ordering online and then pay in cash once I pick it up in store?
  2. batting1000 macrumors 604

    Sep 4, 2011
    No. Pre-orders occur online only and you can't schedule a pick-up for a pre-order. Hence the word pre-order.
  3. Seraphx17 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2009
    I know that's not true. I have always pre-ordered iPhones online in the past to pick them up in the store. And I know for a fact that they don't charge the credit card until you pick up the phone (they actually ask for the card in the store).

    Anyone else know?
  4. youslippin macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2011
    I think Apple has a no cash policy on iPhones (to limit the amount of resellers) I could be wrong though
  5. dave006 Contributor


    Jul 3, 2008
    Just West of East
    Sorry but you are incorrect.

    You are confusing the previous in-store reserve with a pre-order. We don't know yet if Apple will offer a reserve for in-store pickup until they announce the options.

  6. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    Sorry, can't be "always;" perhaps you meant "until the 4S," b/c they stopped doing it with the 4S.

    You can pre-order and have it shipped or go to the store and wait in line. Your choice.
  7. Seraphx17 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2009
    I heard about the no iPhone cash policy, but it seems they stopped doing that after the iPhone 4. There was a way to circumvent it by purchasing a gift card with the money and then using the gift card to buy the phone.

    If they do offer a reserve for in-store pickup, do they require a credit card for purchase? Or can you pay in cash once you get there? I have a credit card I can use to reserve, but I'd prefer cash.

    EDIT: You're right, I had them ship my 4S. I was one of the lucky few who were able to reserve for the iPad 3rd gen for in-store pickup (but paid with CC then too).

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