Originally Posted by Apple ][
It would work better than cash. It would be much harder for the organized, group buying of iPads, where a whole bunch of people are in line, buying up iPads with somebody else's cash and being directed by a sleazy ring leader.
THey could just not take cash or pre paid debit cards.
Despite any bad PR it is totally legal for Apple to restrict forms of payment. Hell it might be legal for them to require a photo ID and to record numbers in a system and cut you off after two. Even if it is grey area they might try.
In the end, I still maintain that they should switch to a no walk in system. From day one. Reservations only and send them out scaled to what the store can handle in a day. yeah it means that some folks will have to wait a few more days but really if you know when your day is and that for sure it will be there that seems like a way better move.
The only reason the woman got anything was cause of the PR issue. There were tons of folks that didn't go screaming to the press that didn't get to buy with cash or get a free case even.
And despite the station trying to make it sound like they got Apple to reverse the rule I suspect it was simply that the scalpers were either sated or the international roll out was kicking up so the big market was gone as was the need to be concerned.
Originally Posted by syracuse
Just went to the Apple store in Santa Monica, 15mins after opening, and they sold all of their IPad 2s that they received last night. I asked for details, like how many they sold, what time did people get in line, would they have more in the next few days? I got the same answer for all my questions "We are SOLD OUT". It was a little cold, but it sounds like they have been instructed to say the same thing to every customer that wants one.
Of course that is what they have been told to do. You could be a reporter and they are not allowed to give you details (at the risk of their jobs). Or you could be a thief trying to find out when to be there to try to rob the trucks.