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Apple Imposing A Lifetime Limit On iPad Purchases?

by on April 23rd, 2010

This is definitely one of those “what the…” stories.

So apparently if you buy more than two iPads, as right now the maximum limit per person per purchase is two, Apple puts what they call a “Lifetime Limit” on you. Yes, lifetime, as in forever and apparently this is what happened to a blogger from Protocol Snow.

He wasn’t trying to buy more than two at a time, so he was keeping with the rules, but he still received a ban. Here’s how the story goes.

The PS blogger was doing his NeoGAF forum buddies a favor by picking up some iPads for them since the international launch has been pushed to May 2010. After having already purchased two iPads at a time over several visits, this last visit was rather unique.

When the Apple Store representative went to process the transaction, the customer was told the following:

“All I can say is that you have reached your lifetime limit of iPads and will not be allowed to buy any more.”

When asked how many iPads is the limit, the customer was told that the information is not available. This customer has effectively been banned from purchasing iPads!

Guy #1 — “I’m sorry sir, but you have reached your lifetime limit of iPad purchases and will not be allowed to buy any more.”

Me (anticipating that statement) — “Is the iPad limit per person? Per credit card? Per household?”

Guy #1 — “All I can say is that you have reached your lifetime limit.”

Me — “What does that mean? Can I use a different credit card to buy it? I’m buying this for a friend.”

Guy #1 — “You are not allowed to buy this iPad.”

Me — “Uhh… is it ok if I have a family member or friend come to buy it for me? My reservation doesn’t expire until 6:00 PM.”

Guy #1 — “All I can say is that you have reached your lifetime limit.”

Me (suddenly realizing what he’s saying) — “Wait, what? Lifetime? What does that mean?”

Guy #1 — “All I can say is that you have reached your lifetime limit of iPads and will not be allowed to buy any more.”

Me — “I’m banned from buying iPads? I know there’s a shortage right now, but I can’t buy any more once there’s plenty of stock?”

Guy #1 — “All I can say is that you have reached your lifetime limit.”

I highly recommend you read this entire article. Besides being completely ridiculous to have a “lifetime limit” imposed on a paying customer, the article is very amusing!

Lifetime limit…unbelievable!

[Protocol Snow]

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  • loupetron

    In order to stop people from going over the two iPad limit, their systems have to “ban” customers from purchasing again. Their systems probably do not have a temporary “ban” function. Once the International launch is complete and stock has normalized, the “ban” will be lifted.

    I am kinda glad Apple is sticking by the two iPad limit. It stops hoarders and allows a fair amount of people to get them even with a constrained stock.

  • Hyrules

    I will also prevent ebay sellers to buy a batch and sell them at twice the price because of the shortage. Anyway it's rare that normal people will buy more than one or 2 ipad.

  • Wuju

    a lifetime limit is a bit much. But say 2 ipads per year makes more sense.

  • Dustin

    Possibe Steve Jobs response if the guy emailed him about it ….

    Just get a friend to buy you future iPad's.
    Steve
    Sent From My iPad

  • http://cityhues.com/blog Cityhues

    I suspect this only being imposed to keep the unscrupulous eBay iPad resellers from buying and selling during the present shortage. I doubt you will hear about it again once the current supply shortage abates.

  • Justin

    I would break it down for them to their 3 possible options…

    1. Sell me this iPad

    2. Show me the store or corporate policy, in writing, that details why I can'not buy this iPad.

    3. Have me removed from your store, as per your private property rights, and then explain to the media why you did so.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    LOL

    Make sure it's filmed for immediate upload to YouTube too.

    Gary

    Sent from my iPad

  • http://ipad2000.com/ Daniel Boucher
  • Gtasscarlo

    This will piss. A lot of people of at least 2 per month, how about that guy doesn't buy any apple products because of that they can't just ban ppl

  • Chris

    Actually we are all sucked in by our culture — how about we don't any iPads and see what happens. But we are all too chicken, too sucked in to say no.