Apple turns customers away at retail stores in Turkey

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in General Discussion edited November 24
Lines are forming outside of Turkey's three Apple Stores, with employees reportedly turning away potential customers looking to buy Apple devices.

Turkey Apple Store


On Tuesday, Apple halted online sales in Turkey as the country grapples with fallout from a controversial economic strategy enacted by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

According to macReports, the tech giant has extended the sales stoppage to its brick-and-mortar locations in the country. The outlet claims employees are turning away customers looking to buy Apple devices, while those with Genius Support appointments are allowed to enter.

Some staff told visitors that sales will resume when the lira stabilizes, though product prices will increase to account for exchange rate fluctuations, the report says.

Other accounts posted to Twitter and spotted by MacRumors dispute the claims, noting that Apple's retail locations conducted normal operations on Wednesday -- the supposed halt to sales chalked up to depleted stock.

The situation in Turkey is volatile. On Tuesday, the Turkish lira crashed 15% on news that Erdogan had no plans to reverse contentious monetary policy that has seen the country's central bank make multiple interest rates cuts as inflation rates soar to nearly 20%, Reuters reported at the time. The lira shed 45% of its value this year and sat at 12.86 against the dollar late yesterday.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 5,823member
    Is it too much to just put a "closed" sign on the front door?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 7
    sphericspheric Posts: 2,108member
    sflocal said:
    Is it too much to just put a "closed" sign on the front door?
    Yes, since they’re actually open for Genius Bar appointments. 
    ronnrepressthisGeorgeBMacwatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 7
    That is just sad. But with a president like that, what can you expect?

    Let’s hope it won’t be another Venezuela.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 7
    radarthekatradarthekat Posts: 3,403moderator
    Better accept only dollars or Euros.  I wonder how that would go over.  
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 7
    Better accept only dollars or Euros.  I wonder how that would go over.  
    Bitcoins?
  • Reply 6 of 7
    saareksaarek Posts: 1,341member
    I’m definitely going on holiday to Turkey next year. It was cheap before this crash.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 7
    ...
    The lira shed 45% of its value this year and sat at 12.86 against the dollar late yesterday.

    Read on AppleInsider
    I can't even imagination what life would be like if that would happen to the dollar.  Or should that be "when"?

    We've been using the dollar as the primary weapon to fight off the effects of back-to-back major economic crashes -- and misusing it that way has become the norm.

    macplusplus
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