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Apple Won’t Take Cash for iPads



The iPad is a hot commodity. So hot in fact that Apple won’t trade iPads for cash. A San Francisco Bay Area woman that lives on a fixed income scratched and saved $600 to buy an iPad. She stuffed it into her backpack and went to the Palo Alto Apple store, which happens to be where I buy a lot of my Apple gear. When she told the salesperson she wanted to pay for her iPad in cash she was told “Sorry, we Don’t Take Cash.”

According to Apple’s iPad sale policy, consumers are limited to two iPads and they must pay with plastic. Gift cards aren’t accepted either. The policy is presumably in place to prevent people from buying iPads in mass quantities and selling them for a profit.

“Mr. Jobs, give a sister a break,” said Diane Campbell.

Now one thing that wasn’t mentioned in the report is that Apple probably did Mrs. Campbell a big favor. She wanted to buy the iPad to surf the Internet and learn more songs to play on her guitar. In the report it’s pointed out that the iPad would be her first computer. The reporter says that the iPad is a perfect fit for Mrs. Campbell because “It’s small, mobile, perfect for her needs.” Of course she wouldn’t be able to actually fire up the iPad unless she had a PC or Mac to synch it to.



  1. Strodtbeck

    05/18/2010 at 12:28 pm

    Classic. . . in all fairness many companies are going “cashless” due to security concerns, but they should really look at what the banks and credit card services are doing.

    LOVE the point about this being her first computer and needing to sync it!

    • acerbic

      05/18/2010 at 1:46 pm

      How would a non-geek person know that you need an actual old fashioned computer to be able to do anything with this thing that countless fanboi pundits have only breathlessly declared to be perfect, complete and the future of computing?

      • Sumocat

        05/18/2010 at 1:52 pm

        I would suggest reading the system requirements, but that would require being geek enough to understand what those two words mean. :)

  2. CBONE

    05/18/2010 at 3:02 pm

    How stupid. That didn’t stop grey marketeers at all.

  3. John in Norway

    05/19/2010 at 2:42 am

    My Kohjinsha SC3 hasn’t stopped laughing since a friend of mine tried to convince me that his ipad he’d bought in America was the best thing since sliced bread. I asked him to show me all the pictures and videos he’d taken and he sheepishly said he needed a computer to be able to copy them over to his ipad! That can’t be right, can it?

  4. AP

    05/19/2010 at 8:42 am

    Apple did her a big favor. Person why does a person who is on a fixed income and has to save money to buy it needs an ipad especially in this economy and that too a $600 one.

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