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Apple Won’t Sell You an iPad…

I am not one to take jabs at companies… wait… WHO AM I KIDDING?!?!?!? I love jabbing companies! Well anyway, as I was saying… Lately companies have really been surprising me with some of their antics. My rants stretch back from AOL to Microsoft and today the latest crazy chicken on the chopping block is Apple, again. This time, they are refusing to sell you an iPad!

It has been reported by ABC News that a disabled woman was turned away from buying an iPad because she wanted to pay in cash!

After saving for some time, a bit here and a bit there, Diane Campbell finally saved enough money to purchase her first computer.  The iPad was a perfect fit because of its ease of use and portability.  She walked into the store, walked up to the counter, told the clerk she wanted to buy an iPad, whipped out her cash, and was DENIED!

“It took quite a long time for me to just save up this small amount of money to go down and purchase one,” she said. “I had my cash in the backpack and I went up proudly to the counter and told them, ‘I would like to purchase an iPad.'”

She thought the clerk was joking when she was denied, but the Palo Alto Apple Store Clerk was absolutely serious.

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4 comments

  1. "Apple products are for tree hugging hippies."

    Broad generalizations are for people with narrow minds.

    I'm not sure what hens you think are coming home to roost but they must have gotten lost on the way to the hen house :p

    Also more classic projection:

    "you’re going to realize that you’re not better than everybody when your fruity computer fad wears off!"

    Apple never said they were better than everyone, just that they focus on making the best products they can for everyone. I'm not sure why that tends to get peoples panties in a bunch so much. Probably because with pesky Apple raising the bar and taking the cream of the profits companies might actually have to put some effort into polishing their products and actually paying attention to their users likes, needs and desires? Even if you don't care for Apple and never buy their products, you are benefiting from their presence in the industry. As somone who owned and used Palm, Windows Mobile and Blackberry before the iPhone, the post iPhone era is night and day. Android before the iPhone was a blackberry clone – talk about copying more failed concepts.

    Love them or hate them, Apple is disruptive – and in a good way for everyone.

    And the "fad" comments are my favorite of all – I've been hearing those since the 80's. You don't top Microsoft in market cap value with "fads" (style) – you do it with actual products that people want because of the merit of the products themselves (substance).

    While the Apple stores are a little too yuppie infested for my taste as well and I wish they just had a d#mn cash register I could walk up to instead of chasing someone down, in the end they have no impact on how I use Apple products on a day to day basis. indeed, because I can get local support and often have a problem resolved before I leave the store, my experience with Apple products is that much more enhanced. The same can be said for the Microsoft stores – just because they are boring, lifeless copies of the Apple store, they don't impact my enjoyment of my Xbox 360. I never understood this reliance on evaluating a product based on the moods of or how other people use the product. I bought an iPad because I wanted it, not because certain people do or don't use it, or certain people do or don't think it's cool. I'm not buying it for them (or to spite them), I'm buying it for me. I bought an Xbox360 because at the time it was (and still is to me) the best console platform – the fact that there are tons of people on the Internet who irrationally hate Microsoft and spell it Mickey$oft means nothing to me.

    How restricting it must be to go around life evaluating purchase decisions based on superficial perceptions of companies and products before looking at them for their fundamental merits. Talk about missing out on lots of great products out there (and not just from Apple).

    To simply dismiss a companies products because of some broad generalizations that are generally based in ignorance and bias is just plain irrational. Same goes for people who diss all Microsoft products just because they come from Microsoft. It's just so sophomoric…

  2. Dickie Beavers

    Oh my God, where to even begin! I am a proud Anti-Apple Activist. This just makes me hate them even more. I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Apple products are for tree hugging hippies. They're totally marketing to the yuppie culture. they're not a company for the everyman. Again, I'll re-iterate, every time I walk past that damn store in the mall, all of those fancy dressed hipsters (wink! I'm trying to be as PC as possible) look at people walking by like they're so much better than them. YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW, STEVE JOBBS!!! The hens are coming home to roost, Apple. Pretty soon you're going to realize that you're not better than everybody when your fruity computer fad wears off!

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