Cash Not King with Apple iPad Purchases

apple_moneyA woman goes to the Apple store and orders up an iPad. She proudly presents the clerk the cash she’s been saving for months, only to be told her cash is no good. What sounds at first like a bad joke actually happened to Diane Campbell when she tried to purchase the iPad at a Palo Alto Apple store.

“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. “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.’”

“They said, ‘Sorry, we don’t take cash.’ And, so I looked at her and I said OK she’s kidding,” Campbell recalled.

“When you save for months and then you say OK I finally get to do it, finally get to have some type of internet, and all of a sudden no you don’t,” Campbell said.

Apple is attempting to thwart black market pirates who would by up huge lots of its hottest commodity. Apple stores limit iPad purchases to 2 per person and require customers to swipe their credit or debit card.

“Come on Mr. Jobs, give a sister a break, okay,” she says. “I’m not going to go sell my iPad.”

The Government apparently is powerless to interfere. According to theĀ  ABC news article, “The U.S. Treasury Department says there is nothing in the law that requires companies to accept cash as payment, even though it is “legal tender.” The Apple no-cash policy applies only to iPads and iPhones, although you can at least use a gift card to buy an iPhone.”

I guess the value of a US dollar is even lower in the land of Apple than it is on the world market, which is hard to believe. Let’s hope this is not a trend. I quite like spending my hard earned American dollar. Guess it just means I won’t carry $400 in cash with me into an AppleĀ  store…wait, I’d never do that anyway.

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