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Apple Rejects Cold, Hard Cash at its Own Stores

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 168 comments

Physical money isn't good enough to buy an iPad.

The iPad is opening up computing possibilities for many other non-traditional users, such as dogs, cats and even those nearing 100 years old.

Diane Campbell, who is disabled and on a fixed income, wishes to go onto YouTube to learn some new songs to play on her guitar. Instead of getting a computer, she's been saving up for an iPad. Slowly she saved up $600 in cash and proceeded to the Apple Store in Palo Alto, Calif.

"It took quite a long time for me to just save up this small amount of money to go down and purchase one," she said to ABC local station KGO. "I had my cash in the backpack and I went up proudly to the counter and told them, 'I would like to purchase an iPad.'"

To her surprise, the Apple store workers told her that cash wasn't a suitable form of payment for the iPad.

"They said, 'Sorry, we don't take cash.' And, so I looked at her and I said OK she's kidding," Campbell recalled. But Apple wasn't kidding, and she wasn't allowed to purchase an iPad without plastic.

The ABC station contacted Apple and was told that the policy is "a limit of two iPads per customer and you must pay by credit or debit card. Gift cards will not work either."

Apple declined to explain its policies, but store workers said it was to curb grey market sales of customers buying iPads in large quantities and selling them overseas at a profit.

Despite cash being "legal tender," the U.S. Treasury Department says that there is nothing in the law that requires businesses to accept cash as payment.

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    jchoefer , May 19, 2010 1:12 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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    chunkymonster , May 19, 2010 1:10 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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    Jerky_san , May 19, 2010 1:12 PM
    And this is why we in the US fail.. When companies can reject legal tender for payment..
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  • 53 Hide
    chunkymonster , May 19, 2010 1:10 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.
  • 53 Hide
    jchoefer , May 19, 2010 1:12 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.
  • 46 Hide
    Jerky_san , May 19, 2010 1:12 PM
    And this is why we in the US fail.. When companies can reject legal tender for payment..
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    jquarter06 , May 19, 2010 1:12 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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    nforce4max , May 19, 2010 1:15 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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    cichy69 , May 19, 2010 1:17 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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    laweinhander , May 19, 2010 1:17 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.
  • 40 Hide
    jellico , May 19, 2010 1:19 PM
    My god, why does ANYONE do business with that company?! I swear, Steve Jobs is so uptight!
  • 8 Hide
    Anonymous , May 19, 2010 1:19 PM
    I can hear Job's jackboots in the back round!

    aerodrome
  • 33 Hide
    matt314 , May 19, 2010 1:23 PM
    Seems like every piece of news about apple just makes me hate them more!
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    lamorpa , May 19, 2010 1:25 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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    Tmanishere , May 19, 2010 1:26 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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    shovenose , May 19, 2010 1:27 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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    slayer10000 , May 19, 2010 1:28 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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    hakesterman , May 19, 2010 1:28 PM
    Apple gets dumber by the Minute i swear..........

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    hotroderx , May 19, 2010 1:28 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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    TunaSoda , May 19, 2010 1:29 PM
    Steve jobs was potty trained at gunpoint
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    hillarymakesmecry , May 19, 2010 1:29 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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    slayer10000 , May 19, 2010 1:30 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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