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Apple Withdraws ‘No Cash’ Policy for iPad Purchases

by on May 20th, 2010

For a country that is still waiting to receive the iPad, the following policy change by Apple is good news.

Earlier this week, Apple was being blasted for its iPad purchases policy that did not allow the device to be purchased with cash. Instead, iPad customers had to use a debit card or credit card.

Originally this was thought to be a method of controlling gray-market sales, but was actually a method to ensure equal device distribution among US customers.

The focus of the no-cash story was on a US citizen who saved up the money to purchase an iPad, only to be denied at the Apple Store because she wanted to pay in cash.

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.

Before this week, Apple was firm on the no-cash iPad policy, but now decided to make a corporate policy change. Apple, by way of Senior VP for Retail Ron Johnson, is now allowing customers to use debit, credit, and cash to make iPad purchases.

About a month ago, we said we’d like you to use a credit card when you buy your iPad, and that was the best way we could think of to make sure that people only bought two per individual,” said Johnson.

However, the new cash policy does come with a small requirement: users must set up their iTunes account in the Apple Store at the time of the iPad purchase.

As many are already aware, setting up an iTunes account in Canada requires a credit card, while in the US, no credit card is required.

In the end however, the US citizen who couldn’t get her iPad ended up getting a free one, with case, from Apple.

Canadians will be familiar with the current Apple Store policy of no cash for iPhone sales. iPhone devices can only be purchased with debit, credit, or Apple Store gift card.

Even though this no-cash iPad policy was reversed in the US, it will likely be the same in Canada when Apple launches the iPad next week, allowing Canadians to purchase the iPad with cash, credit, debit, or gift card.

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  • GP

    Last time I checked cash was still legal tender in both the U.S. and Canada and, as such, it is illegal to refuse cash as payment for goods and sevices.

  • Caatnap

    “About a month ago, we said we’d like you to use a credit card when you buy your iPad, and that was the best way we could think of to make sure that people only brought two per individual,” said Johnson.”

    An Apple exec who doesn't know the difference between 'brought' and 'bought'???

  • Chris

    When I purchased my iPhone 3GS on launch day, I had no choice but to add the purchase price to my Rogers bill. I couldn't even pay with CC or debit card in store.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/ Mr. Ex

    Did you do an upgrade? We're you already a Rogers customers?

    If so, that is correct. Payment for the device goes to your invoice.