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U.S. retailer Urban Outfitters told analysts that was equipping all of its stores with iPad and iPod touch-based payment systems, and never buying another cash register again.

According to a report by Business Insider, the retail chain's chief information officer, Calvin Hollinger, said that equipping stores would iPad sales systems would save both space and money while allowing for more customer interaction.

Hollinger said an iPad cost the organization one-fifth as much as a conventional cash register and can be installed to pivot to face the customer, who can then view the order, add their personal information, and perform tasks such as creating a gift registry.

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When not in use, an iPad can be quickly detached, freeing counter space for inventory use or merchandise packing.

In addition to setting up iPads at checkout, Urban Outfitters will also be equipping salespeople with smaller iPod touch systems, similar to those used by Apple's retail stores and an increasing number of other retailers.

The Philadelphia-based Urban Outfitters operates more than 400 stores under the brands Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain and BHLDN.
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And the beat goes on... By the time Microsoft gets their act together and a tablet out the door, monkey boy will need a walker to do his dance.

 

I predict that we will live long enough to see the last desktop PC go dark. Many of us will be able to tell our grandchildren that we remember when people spent up to an hour traveling to a job in big building where everyone sat in tiny cubes and spent their time typing on keyboards while looking at CRTs and complaining about carpel tunnel injury and back and neck pain." Our grandchildren will look at us in awe and then ask, "What's a 'job'?"

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"It's just a toy"

"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

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Uh oh. Wait for it...

"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

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post #5 of 48
And so it begins.

I still think Apple should start their own bank.
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Remember all of the ignorant fools who took offense to Steve Job's statement when speaking about the Post-PC era?

 

Well, as usual, who are the fools now?

 

iPads are taking over everywhere! Note that I didn't mention tablets, I mentioned iPads, because there is no tablet market, there's only an iPad market. People only buy iPads, virtually nobody (besides a few poor people and a couple of Apple haters) are buying the other junky and cheap, inferior, ripoff tablets.

 

The days of desktop PC's are over. Certain pros, businesses and content creators will still be using desktop PC's, but the average person, which means the majority of all people, will not be buying any more desktop PC's.

 

iPads are only going to become more and more prevalent while traditional PC's will continue to decline, as they have been doing for a while now.

 

As soon as the first iPad was released, I instantly knew that it was going to be a huge hit, and so did quite a few other people. Do you remember how many moronic fools were dissing the first iPad? These people are truly ignorant and they wouldn't recognize a revolutionary product if it landed right on top of their thick heads.

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but where's the cash box?
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Just reinforcing the Apple/hipster relationship...
 

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but where's the cash box?

Who uses cash anymore?

 

People who don't have a credit card or debit card to their name do not deserve to purchase any goods in 2012.

 

But, if somebody does pay with cash, then I'm sure that they have some sort of metal cash box or something underneath the counter for those sorts of customers.

 

Cash money is filthy, and I try to stay away from it. 

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but but but..it's just an oversized IPod..it will fail

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And so it begins.
I still think Apple should start their own bank.

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but where's the cash box?

When you visit an Apple Retail Store if you are observant and patient, someone might pay with cash and you may get a chance to see there is a hidden cash drawer built right into those wooden merchandise display tables.

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Android is winning...oh wait.
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Cash money is filthy, and I try to stay away from it. 

I hoard it up to a point in case of emergencies like earthquakes or other natural disasters that could interrupt electricity or conventional electronic commerce.

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Who uses cash anymore?

 

People who don't have a credit card or debit card to their name do not deserve to purchase any goods in 2012.

 

But, if somebody does pay with cash, then I'm sure that they have some sort of metal cash box or something underneath the counter for those sorts of customers.

 

Cash money is filthy, and I try to stay away from it. 

I doubt the metal cash box.  my guess is the store 'main' server has a full PoS system with a cash drawer.   

 

Cash may be a lot of things, it's also the least expensive way for a retailer to close a transaction. 

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I hoard it up to a point in case of emergencies like earthquakes or other natural disasters that could interrupt electricity or conventional electronic commerce.

Yeah, I guess that's a good idea. If the shit ever hits the fan and most of your money is in a bank, and the ATM machines are down, you're kind of shit out of luck.

 

I do always keep a few dollars in real money in my pocket, but I only use it in those cases when I must, like a street vendor, a deli, a weed dealer, etc.

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Cash may be a lot of things, it's also the least expensive way for a retailer to close a transaction. 

 

Yeah, there's this Chinese restaurant nearby me, and if you pay with cash, you get a 5 or 10% rebate on the bill.

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The only non-iPad news of any kind was that American Airlines were using Samsung tablets for in-flight ordering.  Considering how crappy that airline is, it seemed like a perfect match.

Other than that, it's all iPads and iPhone/touches I see being used in retail.  

Screw the iHaters and Fandroids that whined how the iPad was "just a toy".

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You can still have cash counter at the store, though this allows sellers to deal with customers directly if they don't need cash.
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The only non-iPad news of any kind was that American Airlines were using Samsung tablets for in-flight ordering.  Considering how crappy that airline is, it seemed like a perfect match.

Other than that, it's all iPads and iPhone/touches I see being used in retail.  

Screw the iHaters and Fandroids that whined how the iPad was "just a toy".

 

When the telephone was first starting out a lot of people resisted it with , "No self-respecting adult would be caught talking to a box on the wall."

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Shoulder tattoos aren't attractive.

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That place is still a hipster paradise and nothing more, but even a broken clock is right twice a day.

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"monkey boy will need a walker to do his dance."

made me laugh.
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Who uses cash anymore?

 

People who don't have a credit card or debit card to their name do not deserve to purchase any goods in 2012.

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Cash money is filthy, and I try to stay away from it. 

 

I was going to respond with a simple big F.U., but I get a kick out of some of your posts.

 

Let me instead make some small adjustments:


Who is stupid enough to use plastic?  It causes the merchants to pay extra fees that are passed along to the customer for little-to-no benefit, just padding the pockets of the banks.  On top of that, all your transactions are logged, analyzed and archived forever in our new big brother society.  Under the guise of convenience, we have given up the greatest freedom of all, our privacy.  It's pitiful.

 

People who don't have enough money to their name to carry around enough cash for regular purchases don't deserve to purchase any goods in 2012 (or any year).

 

Credit cards are filthy, and I DO stay away from them.

 

Oh, and btw, I do have credit (used in very rare cases), and probably a high credit score than (almost) everyone on this board.  But when you come to realize that all plastic transactions are feeding large database profiles of your habits, whereabouts and general personality traits, then you realize how filthy credit cards are. The tiny convenience they provide over cash, 99% of the time, is a drop in the bucket compared to what we are throwing away.

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Yeah, there's this Chinese restaurant nearby me, and if you pay with cash, you get a 5 or 10% rebate on the bill.

 

Yup, my point exactly, this is an establishment that lets its customers decide if they want to actually pay their own weight for the "convenience" of plastic!  

 

Of course if they're actually doing a 10% discount, that's more than they're paying in bank card services, so they're pocketing some of it on the side. ;-)

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Shoulder tattoos aren't attractive.

Tattoos aren't attractive.

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[...] The days of desktop PC's are over. Certain pros, businesses and content creators will still be using desktop PC's, but the average person, which means the majority of all people, will not be buying any more desktop PC's.

 

It really does seem weird to see people buying computers to do nothing more than email and Facebook.

 

Maybe, just maybe, if we can get the masses using tablets for day-to-day "ordinary people" stuff, computer makers can go back to building machines that pros, businesses and content creators actually want.  Y'know, like portable computers with 17" screens and gobs of user-replaceable storage instead of designs that put "cute" and "convenient" ahead of utility and power...

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but where's the cash box?

First response: What's cash?

Second response: Cash drawer, if needed, is installed under the counter and controlled by BT from a button on the iPad screen...

We were doing this with Apple ][s in the late 1970s (serial then, no BT).
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post #29 of 48
@apple ][
what's wrong with you? somebody doesn't have that. you can't just blame people who you don't know. it's insult. even I have many credit cards, I don't really use that much. I use cash a lot because I get discount price if I pay cash. you have no idea the difference between cash and credit payment. there is extra interesting you need to pay if you use credit card. so cash is all the way. as many as you use credit card, you are possibly vlunerable to expose your entire information all over the place. I don't want that. who is smart, moron?
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I was going to respond with a simple big F.U., but I get a kick out of some of your posts.

 

Let me instead make some small adjustments:

 

Oh, and btw, I do have credit (used in very rare cases), and probably a high credit score than (almost) everyone on this board.  But when you come to realize that all plastic transactions are feeding large database profiles of your habits, whereabouts and general personality traits, then you realize how filthy credit cards are. The tiny convenience they provide over cash, 99% of the time, is a drop in the bucket compared to what we are throwing away.

 

When I meant that cash is filthy, I meant it literally. 

 

I'd rather not handle cash money that has been passed around between countless fingers and god knows how many dirty people, money which contains germs, bacteria, diseases and other nice surprises. There have been numerous tests done where random dollars were collected and some of them even had the influenza virus on them. I don't have the time to be sick in bed with the flu.

 

I also don't mind that there is a record of my purchases being kept, as I find it convenient to be able to check up on all of my purchases online. If I were a mass murdering serial rapist on the run from the law with something to hide, then I could see why somebody might want to stick to cash only. You can either choose to join the present day or continue to live in the past, because cash is disappearing in this increasingly e-commerce world.

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 you can't just blame people who you don't know. 

Sure I can, I do it all of the time.

 

I am merely expressing my opinion, and if you disagree with it, then I'm ok with that.lol.gif

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That place is still a hipster paradise and nothing more, but even a broken clock is right twice a day.


Now that they have more Apple products, yes, it's a hipster's paradise.  http://www.craveonline.com/comedy/articles/169527-hipsters-a-apple-a-dark-symbiosis

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[" url="/t/152972/urban-outfitters-drops-cash-registers-for-apples-ipad-in-400-stores#post_2201160"]Who uses cash anymore?

People who don't have a credit card or debit card to their name do not deserve to purchase any goods in 2012.

But, if somebody does pay with cash, then I'm sure that they have some sort of metal cash box or something underneath the counter for those sorts of customers.

Cash money is filthy, and I try to stay away from it. 

I used to feel the same. This week someone stole my debit card number. I had the joy of watching my account magically shrink in $500 increments. About 4 months ago it happened to my wife. For me, the risk out weighs the conviance, so cash from now on.
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I used to feel the same. This week someone stole my debit card number. I had the joy of watching my account magically shrink in $500 increments. About 4 months ago it happened to my wife. For me, the risk out weighs the conviance, so cash from now on.


Why were you watching your balance shrink instead of calling your bank and cancelling the card the second you realized it was gone?  In most cases banks won't hold you responsible for any theft on your credit or debit card.  Did you contact them about their policy related to card theft?

 

Any American who travels abroad should have an Visa/Mastercard ATM & Debit card.  If you take dollars and hope to change them you're going to pay massive fees at a bank or get ripped off wholesale at a foreign currency exchange.

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Cash may be a lot of things, it's also the least expensive way for a retailer to close a transaction. 

 

While I'm sure it costs less, I do wonder how much it costs for lockable cash drawers, a cash-drop safe with multi-user access keypad, and an armored truck service to pick up the dough once a week.

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I was going to respond with a simple big F.U., but I get a kick out of some of your posts.

Let me instead make some small adjustments:

Oh, and btw, I do have credit (used in very rare cases), and probably a high credit score than (almost) everyone on this board.  But when you come to realize that all plastic transactions are feeding large database profiles of your habits, whereabouts and general personality traits, then you realize how filthy credit cards are. The tiny convenience they provide over cash, 99% of the time, is a drop in the bucket compared to what we are throwing away.
You have to use credit in order to build credit, so I fail to understand how you went about securing a credit score that is higher than anyone on this board by building credit in only 'very rare cases'.

Getting Saturday off to a good start with the bold and ignorant assertions...
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When I meant that cash is filthy, I meant it literally. 

 

I'd rather not handle cash money that has been passed around between countless fingers and god knows how many dirty people, money which contains germs, bacteria, diseases and other nice surprises. There have been numerous tests done where random dollars were collected and some of them even had the influenza virus on them. I don't have the time to be sick in bed with the flu.\

 

Dude,if you're that worried, it's called Purell. You should be washing your hands regularly anyway.

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While I'm sure it costs less, I do wonder how much it costs for lockable cash drawers, a cash-drop safe with multi-user access keypad, and an armored truck service to pick up the dough once a week.
...as well as the cost of compensating and managing all of the people who touch it between receipt and the bank deposit.
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Tattoos aren't attractive.

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Shoulder tattoos aren't attractive.

Tattoo's aren't attractive to YOU! Thankfully, people don't fall into one kind of group. I think if tastefully done, tattoos are beautiful expressions of art and beliefs.

In her case, it looks great on her and her public display of self-expression (IMHO) makes her totally hot. 1smile.gif

I so waiting for someone to spin my words into pro-Android propaganda. 1smile.gif
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Oh great. When there are no customers available, everyone congregate to the "cash register" to surf the internet.

 

Yay for productivity.

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