Your Cash is Good! Apple Reverses Payment Policy
If you have little, bad, or no credit at all, cash - when available - is likely a trusted ally and your lifeblood for any and all purchases you make. Even for those with perfect credit, some simply choose to can the credit card and manage their budgets will cash in hand as a way to avoid over-spending. No matter your reason or excuse for using cash, Apple hasn't cared for cash. At least not until now.
When the iPad was released last month, some of us heard rumblings about friends and relatives being turned away at the neighborhood Apple Store because they attempted to purchase an iPad with a wad of cash. Unfortunately, they were all unceremoniously turned away upon learning that Apple doesn't accept cash for iPad purchases. It's a "plastic world" at Apple, with only credit or debit cards accepted for iPad purchases.
But Apple has apparently now reversed this policy. And we have new iPad owner Diane Campbell to thank for the change. Campbell, who was similarly turned away for trying to buy an iPad with cash, was profiled in the media for her less than satisfactory consumer experience. As a result, Apple senior vice president of retail Ron Johnson got wind of the situation. The next thing you know, the press was there to cover the arrival of a free iPad to Campbell's door with a note of apology.
That's great for her... but what about everyone else that couldn't buy their iPads with cash? Will Apple now give them a free iPad too? Or is this just a clever PR stunt to make Apple appear to have a heart? Nonetheless, if you were ever turned away for attempting to purchase an iPad with cash, feel free to return to your nearest Apple Store with cash in hand. The new corporate policy now allows for cash payments of the tablet.
According to legal analysts who weighed in on the matter, Apple was always within its legal means to forbid cash transactions. But whatever is bad for Apple's image is apparently also bad for business. And so your cash is now welcome.
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