Flexo of Consumerism Commentary retweeted a story from a local ABC affiliate website that made my jaw hit the floor.
In order to purchase an Apple iPad, you CANNOT pay in cash.
Are you kidding me?
A disabled woman in Palo Alto, Calif., had saved up her money to buy an iPad, which is small and mobile and would fit her needs perfectly. She went into an Apple store and presented the cash to purchase the item. Instead of going home with an iPad, she was told her money wasn’t any good there. Why? Because you can only pay for one with a credit card or a debit card.
Gift cards don’t work, either, so she couldn’t convert her cash into Apple plastic.
I don’t know exactly what Apple’s aim is here, but encouraging people to put something on credit just seems insane. Of course, debt cards are something many consumers have nowadays (and are linked directly to a checking/savings account, so similiar to cash), but then again, not everyone wants to carry one.
Apple refused to comment on the store policy (piss-poor PR, by the way), but the ABC story says the store clerk believes it’s to “prevent con artists from buying lots of iPads selling them overseas.”
The policy is only for iPads and iPhones, apparently — but you’re “allowed” to use a gift card for the iPhone purchase.
Apple, shame on you for encouraging people to use credit in this day and age.