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Apple Rejects Cold, Hard Cash at its Own Stores

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May 19, 2010 1:10:33 PM

Welcome to the Socialist State of Apple! All hail the mighty iPad!

This has to be one of the most ...... things I have ever heard of!

Just another reason to boycott Apple.
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May 19, 2010 1:12:38 PM

Sounds like a case of discrimination to me.

If you don't have the income level or credit to get a credit card, you can't buy an iPad.
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May 19, 2010 1:12:39 PM

And this is why we in the US fail.. When companies can reject legal tender for payment..
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May 19, 2010 1:12:40 PM

... pwnd !
Grandma, get yerself a pc with some neat Radeon or Nvidia card!
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May 19, 2010 1:12:49 PM

I know there are some businesses that do not accept cash for a variety of reasons.

However, those businesses are usually smaller and don't want the liability of losing the cash. I wonder what reason(s) Apple has for rejecting cash?
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May 19, 2010 1:15:12 PM

What will they take instead, liver? Kidney or perhaps a lung they charge enough for cheaply produced crap as it is. Also are my dollars/euros not good enough in cash? Then don't ask for RFID chip. Directed at Apple , we all know they read the articles and comment sections.
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May 19, 2010 1:17:06 PM

If I was in her position, I would tell the cashier to go and I would never buy again from apple. In fact, I never did, and never will.
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May 19, 2010 1:17:58 PM

This is not that big of a deal, its apple's loss.
You all should be glad they are throwing profits aways like idiots that they truly are.
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May 19, 2010 1:19:56 PM

My god, why does ANYONE do business with that company?! I swear, Steve Jobs is so uptight!
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Anonymous
May 19, 2010 1:19:56 PM

I can hear Job's jackboots in the back round!

aerodrome
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May 19, 2010 1:23:46 PM

Seems like every piece of news about apple just makes me hate them more!
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May 19, 2010 1:25:40 PM

I think US currency is 'legal tender' I didn't think it could be refused. She should just keep going to the store and purchasing the iPad and then offering the cash.
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May 19, 2010 1:26:53 PM

I'm wondering if it's a theft-deterrent. They might still have people stealing those iPads, but it would make it difficult to stick up the register for cash with a gun at one of those places...
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May 19, 2010 1:27:00 PM

this is ridiculous!
apple is the stupidest. most retarded company i have ever heard of.
i sold the macbook someone gave me brand new for christmas within half a year cuz it was total JUNK!!!
just like anything apple makes
oops i have ann iphone (btu i didnt buy it) but that thing doesnt work too well weither . it crashes all the time.

as i sadi before, who would buy from that stupid company?
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May 19, 2010 1:28:16 PM

funny they dont want cash but debit cards are totally fine cause really its the same thing as cash with out holding it on you
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May 19, 2010 1:28:19 PM

Apple gets dumber by the Minute i swear..........

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May 19, 2010 1:28:38 PM

seems like a form of discrimination to me since not everyone can have credit cards or debt cards.... I got feeling some lawyer gonna pick this up and its gonna be a easy victory in her favor. She disabled so its not like she could get out to a bank all the time anyway (depending on what the disability is). But i still think there should be a law against them not taking dollar thats just stupid
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May 19, 2010 1:29:02 PM

Steve jobs was potty trained at gunpoint
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May 19, 2010 1:29:18 PM

Wouldn't apple make $10 more by not paying credit card fees?

I can't imagine refusing to take someone's cash.

What an arrogant company.
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May 19, 2010 1:30:19 PM

slayer10000funny they dont want cash but debit cards are totally fine cause really its the same thing as cash with out holding it on you
and to top it off what would stop them from buying one and still selling it overseas?
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May 19, 2010 1:38:19 PM

Don't need credit for a debit card. Just a bank account. Could also pay a stranger to use their debit card on the spot, luck willing.
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May 19, 2010 1:39:18 PM

It's to track the sale. If you use a credit card Apple will store that info, and cross check to see if you've bought multiple iPads, which is against their policy. For some reason they feel morally obligated to prevent people from buying large numbers of iPads and selling them in countries where iPads are not available at a profit. In my country, it is ILLEGAL for businesses to not accept cash. They CAN reject credit cards and other fraud-prone pay vehicles.
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May 19, 2010 1:40:26 PM

KILL Apple now, they are a rotten apple.
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May 19, 2010 1:42:19 PM

apple not accepting cash does not affect me, i refuse to spend a penny on a single one of their products
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May 19, 2010 1:43:43 PM

So, what good is an iPad without a 3g contract or at least WiFi from an ISP? How would she pay for those?
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May 19, 2010 1:49:14 PM

What . She should have dotted his eye with her cane.
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May 19, 2010 1:51:16 PM

I don't use credit cards. Any business that doesn't accept check/cash will find themselves with 1 less customer.
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May 19, 2010 1:51:18 PM

figgusSo, what good is an iPad without a 3g contract or at least WiFi from an ISP? How would she pay for those?
Uh, I don't know, maybe the ISP could send a paper bill to her home every month? Companies still do that, ya know...
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May 19, 2010 2:04:25 PM

Most of you seem unable to read and comprehend properly. There is no legal requirement for Apple to accept cash. Why, if so many of you hate Apple, do you click on Apple related links, misunderstand the news item and still make fatuous comments?
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May 19, 2010 2:09:54 PM

donovandsIt's to track the sale. If you use a credit card Apple will store that info, and cross check to see if you've bought multiple iPads, which is against their policy.


You're right on that.

But if apple is not taking in consideration some other countries, how are they supposed to acquire any product?

ipads are sold here in Mexico at a premium price of 12,000 pesos (930 USD) for the 32gb 3G version, and that because of it isn't yet on mexican apple stores.

donovandsFor some reason they feel morally obligated to prevent people from buying large numbers of iPads and selling them in countries where iPads are not available at a profit.


maybe they want to be the only ones price-raping people... who knows?
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May 19, 2010 2:13:22 PM

chunkymonsterWelcome to the Socialist State of Apple! All hail the mighty iPad!This has to be one of the most ...... things I have ever heard of!Just another reason to boycott Apple.


This tactic is commonly used to fight the black market, and this was stated in the article. There was a time when US forces overseas used MPC and not green backs for money, and you had a ration control plate (plastic) that was used to track all purchases. It was as late as 1973. Why? To control the black market.

Also, it really has nothing to do with socialism. Why is our society so bent on calling everything they do not agree with as being 'socialist?' In the 50's and 60's we used 'communism.' Seems like history does repeat itself.
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May 19, 2010 2:47:31 PM

... do apple know, what wee don't know... that a dollar bill is just a hyperinflated monopoly money...
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May 19, 2010 2:48:25 PM

matt314Seems like every piece of news about apple just makes me hate them more!

They are also cruel to children, animals and old people, racist, sexist and anti-semetic.

Oddly enough they are not homophobic though, as Apple is just gay
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May 19, 2010 3:31:12 PM

chunkymonsterWelcome to the Socialist State of Apple!

What do the two things have to do with each other? (Other than ignorance from readers like this one?)
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May 19, 2010 3:31:22 PM

My dollar says "This Note is Legal Tender For All Debts, Public and Private" personally I think it should be illegal to not accept it.
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May 19, 2010 3:37:46 PM

I had an Ipod stolen that I had purchased from the apple store. It was a 4g video. I had it stolen two days after I bought it. I also had my golf clubs stolen at the same time. Here is the thing. I called apple and explained my situation. I asked them if they could help me track it, because when it is hooked up to itunes it can read the serial number. They saw that I purchased it through their online store days earlier. They refused. I offered to send them a copy of the police report and everything. I also gave them the number of the officer that came to investigate. They tried to sell me a new ipod instead.
That is the day I quit buying apple.

Here is an article about how tomshardware started it is an interesting read, and just thought I would share it with you even though its off topic. http://hubpages.com/hub/How-Toms-Hardware-Guide-pwnd-th...
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May 19, 2010 3:43:36 PM

I'm almost 100% sure that in Europe this is illegal. Cold hard cash is the minimum common denominator, it is the only means of payment that MUST be accepted.

Anything else is discriminatory. You must have a bank account to have a check book or a debit or credit card. Is there anything in the United States Constitution stating that it is an obligation for people to open a bank account ? No ? Then I guess the chances of winning this in court are very high.

The only reason a store can refuse it is if it's unreasonable, like for example, someone wanting to pay a € 10 bill with a € 500 note (the store may not have change or be left without any).
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May 19, 2010 3:45:56 PM

chunkymonsterUh, I don't know, maybe the ISP could send a paper bill to her home every month? Companies still do that, ya know...


If she SLOWLY saved $600, where would she come up with the cash to pay the paper bill?

It seems like she wanted to buy this but never really thought about being able to use it.
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May 19, 2010 3:46:08 PM

I would think money would be the primary way to pay a store for something. Next their gonna tell people you need to buy from them via online, wait a few weeks for it to come to you, and then call back to request missing parts such as a charger and usb cord.
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May 19, 2010 3:46:28 PM

The real question is not what federal law is but what state law is. The Treasury specifically states on the web that businesses can be required to accept cash by states. Even if there is only a state law requiring a minimum be accepted as change (i.e. a retailer must accept up to $5 in change) then the retailer must accept cash. Apple most likely violates the law with this policy in more than one state.


--- I'm not a lawyer, your mileage may vary.
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May 19, 2010 3:53:10 PM

I've actually encountered two other businesses that wouldn't except cash as my payment. I thought it was complete BS, but in the end it was their loss not mine.

As for buying an iPad, he should just go to Best Buy.
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May 19, 2010 3:55:36 PM

First off, let's straighten out the "good for all debts public and private" asopect of cold hard cash - one needs to focus on the "debt" part of that statement. You are not walking into an Apple store with a "debt" to pay...rather to enter into a contract to purchase an item they are selling...and if you don't like the Terms of Sale (debit/credit only) - don't enter into the agreement and do not buy the iPad.
OK, so that does away with the socialist(?), illegal nonsense. It's not illegal to set Terms of Sale. Now, had you "owed" ATT money on your 3G account, they, on the other hand, would be compelled to accept cash as that is paying a debt.
BUT, and as Jeremy Clarkson would say, "it's a great, big, full-bodied BUTT", it is beyond inane to not accept cash. Foolish. Arrogant. Elitist. STUPID.
Not a bright move, Apple.
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May 19, 2010 3:55:52 PM

I think you guys are making too much of this.

a- a company can set it's own policies (and in this case they did).
b- this lady saved $600 (which she considers a lot of money) just to drop it to Apple? Sounds like they're doing her a favor by not accepting it.
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May 19, 2010 3:56:15 PM

That is totally messed up. I think they just want to keep your credit card number so they can sell you more of there products.
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May 19, 2010 3:56:31 PM

Freedom is what we all want but we don't live in a perfect world where freedom is the answer to everything just because of the same old reason: "abuse". Trying to come with a way to control or reduce the abuse is also a way to restrict the freedom from legal buyers. Where are we with this constant fight between abusers and "legal" practices or procedures or burocracy if you prefer? Well, we need unique keys, we need unique ID numbers and legal documents, we need certificates, titles, etc. What is all this? Validation. And we live with that everyday so don't be naive.

I don't have a problem with the policy in general as I understand what Apple is trying to do with it but I think Apple should also have other ways to validate its buyers. But I am not a legal consultant. Anyway, this restriction could not be considered as a way of discrimination in the same way when police ask you for an ID and you provide a document. If you don't have one, are you going to accuse the police with discrimination?

In the future, maybe a very distant one, we should live in a society with better ways to distinguish true legal and human rights from abuse but don't be so "surprised" with today's methods.
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May 19, 2010 3:56:54 PM

Having worked a bit in retail, I think think of a couple of good reasons not to accept cash. 1. Most apple store workers are pretty young. 2. You don't have to count anything at the end of store closing, it's all done by the machine.

With that said, I still think it's bad business practice for a retail store to not accept cash. It limits you and your customers.
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May 19, 2010 4:01:41 PM

Legal tender or forced tender is an offered payment that, by law, cannot be refused in settlement of a debt, and have the debt remain in force.
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May 19, 2010 4:02:19 PM

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In my country, it is ILLEGAL for businesses to not accept cash.


In MY country it's illegal as well. I live in the U.S.A. and our currency says, "THIS NOTE IS LEGAL TENDER FOR ALL DEBTS, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE." I'm a fan (but not a fanboy) of Apple, but I think the Feds wouldn't care much for this tactic. I'm sure there's lots of other ways to ensure that there's not multiple sales. (Think: the Kindle fiasco a few months back....)
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May 19, 2010 4:03:22 PM

waylanderWith that said, I still think it's bad business practice for a retail store to not accept cash. It limits you and your customers.


Bravo. Well said.
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