Unless you are a complete deadbeat you can get a debit card at most any bank without any fees.
This is a discussion on Apple Refuses Cash Payment for iPad within the Apple iPad News forums, part of the Apple iPad Forums category; Unless you are a complete deadbeat you can get a debit card at most any bank without any fees....
My thoughts from another thread on this video in the iPad discussion forum...
Lol...pretty funny...but silly of course...
Up until about a year ago we did not have an Apple store in Fort Worth, so I assume there are many places still that do not have one. So I guess this "advocate" would want to make Apple put stores everywhere to give access to their products?
Best buy, comes to mind.... Gee CNN, are you guys too elite to suggest she go to Best Buy (or other Apple reseller)? Does she have no one, family or friend, that would take her cash and use their debit card to purchase the iPad? Without a bank account (a bank account would of course give her a debit card, so I assume she does not have one) how is she going to pay for WIFI or 3G service?
As is so often the case, it is easier to whine, than do something simple and get it done.
Of course I disagree with Apple policy, but if you want something sometimes you have to jump through some hoops.... It's part of being an adult.....just deal with it...
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The late Sam Kinison used to do a great bit on world hunger. He talked about how he'd see those beautifully shot commercials for starving children and think "Why can't the camera crew give the kid a sandwich? But you know the director is saying 'No, don't feed him - he has to look hungry!'
Along those same lines, which would be more difficult? For CNN to send a van of highly paid staff to film the tragedy as it unfolds, or send an intern down there with a credit card, take the woman's cash and ring up the iPad and give her the receipt? Hell, depending on the card, he/she would even earn points on the purchase.
Thanks to San Francisco's Michael Finney. ABC News Channel 7. And his investigative report Apple changed their policy. They hand delivered an ipod to the lady today. And gave it to her for NO CASH. FREE
This was not a medical, hunger or safety issue. This was a person having trouble buying a luxury item at a high end consumer electronics store...... And so the cycle of dependency continues....
I guess when she get it home and finds out she doesn't automatically have Internet access, then Apple will have to provide her with WIFI.
I have worked as an advocate for elderly and mentally challenged. There are real needs, and real problems out there. This was far from such a case....
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Glad to hear that the Apple Store saw the error in how they handled that situation, and compensated the potential customer for their embarrassment. I think they must have realized that their elitist attitude was sending the wrong message to a lot of potential customers. I know lots of older folks who see the Debit Card as a Credit Card, and have not adapted to the "New" way of spending. I find it easier, but I just couldn't convince my 85 year old mother it was the way to go, when I did her shopping. It was easier for her to grasp that I could be put on her signature card at her bank so I could sign her checks, than it was to grasp that the little plastic card was like a check. Just too many new concepts for an older mind. And I personally found it very satisfying to buy my iMac in cash money, counting out the bills and taking the Paid In Full receipt! I felt very empowered by the act! In fact, I hope to do the same thing when I get my iPad 3G in a few months. Although, I WILL call the store in advance to be sure they still accept money!
well Apple did give a sister a break, and a free iPad, all is well that ends well
Yeah, but Bremen's right - it lowers the bar again. Maybe this woman really did have an alternative, and maybe she didn't, but the next person to try this might be doing it just to work the system and not because of any true needs. And that'll make it harder for regular ol' paying customers like me to do business somewhere or other.
for those of a people who are in a low income area it is really hard to get the basic debt card from a bank at times...i can see where a person walking in and asking for 25 ipad would trigger a alarm with the sales person..but a single person asking for one ipad and will to pay cash you need to rethink your prostion a little bit ..it a little of common sense here people ..
for a lot of people who live on a fixed income does not mean that it a welfare type of person ..just means she could been hurt at work and the work doctors say no more or in a really bad car wreck or she was hit by a car and no longer can work ..you going to disablty now ..