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  • Are You Aware of Apple's Lifetime Limit on iPad Purchases?



    I wasn't aware of it. My friends weren't either. How about you?

    Of course, we're all aware of Apple's limit of two iPad purchases per customer. But who knew this "limit" was iron clad for life?

    After all, if we have a booklet full of identical coupons valid one per customer, every day we can use one coupon - ultimately redeeming the full value of the booklet on a day-by-day basis as a lone customer. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that Apple plays by similar rules. And while most of us will never have a good reason to buy more than two iPads, those of us who have such needs are apparently out of luck.

    Case in point: a medical student recently chronicled his encounter with Apple's lifetime limit in his blog entitled "Protocol Snow." In a nutshell, the dude was simply buying iPads for his buddies who lived out of the country but still wanted (or needed) Apple's cool new tablet. To set the record straight, he wasn't buying the iPads and reselling them for a profit. Instead, he was reimbursed the exact cost of the purchase and shipping.

    Although the guy ultimately got away with more than two iPad purchases, the watchful eye of Apple eventually took notice. And on one fateful return trip to the Apple store to pick up an iPad that had been reserved online, the young man was promptly informed by an Apple Store employee that he couldn't buy the device. Here's how the sales rep allegedly put it: "All I can say is that you have reached your lifetime limit of iPads and will not be allowed to buy any more.

    Perhaps the reason none of us were aware of the lifetime limit of two iPads is because the "real" lifetime limit - according to one Apple Store employee "in the know" - is actually ten. Not two. It appears the sales rep in the story got confused between the daily limit and the lifetime limit.

    So now you know. You can go crazy and buy ten iPad's if you'd really like to. You'll just have to make five trips to the Apple Store to complete your life's work.

    Image via San Francisco Chronicle
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Are You Aware of Apple's Lifetime Limit on iPad Purchases? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 52 Comments
    1. motorhead's Avatar
      motorhead -
      So if you buy 10 iPads, which is a crazy amount, but lets say your buying them as gifts. When you reach that 10 lifetime limit you wouldn't be able to buy another iPad EVER AGAIN from the Apple store? Did I read that correctly? Now I know that you could buy more of them from Beat Buy or eBay.
    1. mgebara's Avatar
      mgebara -
      Why are all of you making such a big deal over this? All Apple did was make a BS policy so they could turn away people who were obviously buying iPads to ship overseas. I mean, it is a crime to resell concert/sport event tickets isn't it?

      All Apple is trying to do here is simply to protect their sales interest overseas. Why should a British customer be able to easily purchase an iPad for $500 US from overseas when it's probably going to be at least 50% more by the time it's available in the UK?

      Apple is in business to make money. They always were. I guess since SJ stopped taking LSD sabbaticals, Apple just got better at it!
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      I was wondering the same thing. Are you capped for life on just that model?
    1. lexquiles's Avatar
      lexquiles -
      Quote Originally Posted by jordbrett View Post
      Best buy?
      If he really wanted to do it he could just go through best buy! Best Buy will keep taking your money no questions asked
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      thats really weird...
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      Keine Keine zwei IPAD nur Schweinehund, vielleicht zehn, wir sind Apple. Heil Jobs

      English: No No two iPad's only pigdog, maybe ten, we are Apple. Hail Jobs
    1. cypherpunk's Avatar
      cypherpunk -
      Quote Originally Posted by mgebara View Post
      All Apple is trying to do here is simply to protect their sales interest overseas. Why should a British customer be able to easily purchase an iPad for $500 US from overseas when it's probably going to be at least 50% more by the time it's available in the UK?
      It's called free trade. Also, I doubt that they'd raise the base price of the unit by much if at all, for two reasons: firstly, there's nothing to suggest the people overseas have anymore disposable income than those in the US, hence aren't likely to be willing to pay more, and secondly, there's nothing to prevent someone overseas from simply ordering one online from a major retailer (whom this limit doesn't affect - it only hinders individuals taking advantage of the demand to make a quick buck). Most of the price increases overseas are actually caused by tax laws.
    1. LiaFiorano's Avatar
      LiaFiorano -
      Steve Jobs:Hmm...how do we stop people from jailbreaking?
      Apple Worker: What if....we sell less iPads!
      Steve Jobs: GENIUS!
      Apple worker: Then they won't have the iPad's to jailbreak...
      +1

      Hilarious!
    1. bignighttrain's Avatar
      bignighttrain -
      Apple is protecting it self from all the hacks and copy cats out their. I'm sure they have our best intrest in mind when they make rules for us to follow thanks.
    1. DarkOmen53's Avatar
      DarkOmen53 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cow_King View Post
      Lol just wait until apple takes over the word and you hear "sorry you have reached your lifetime limit of 10 doctor visits" lol why do I love and hate apple so much

      "world"
      LMAO! I can see this on a random clip of family guy.
    1. Luife's Avatar
      Luife -
      Quote Originally Posted by reznor9 View Post
      That's funny.

      Please take my money apple...
      Apple: no
      Please, just take it!
      Apple: no, we have already taken enough money from you in this lifetime. I'm sorry. Your just going to have to spend it on something else.
      jajajajajajajajaja lol
    1. soderberg's Avatar
      soderberg -
      Quote Originally Posted by smr891 View Post
      Could you not just go into the apple store and pay cash?
      i'd rather credit card