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I Think You’ve Had Enough Sir!

April 27, 2010
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What if you wanted to do something nice…..maybe buy a few iPads for friends who live in places where they aren’t on sale yet?  What if when you went to buy these marvels of technology, I’m trying to say that with a straight face and since you can’t see my face you’ll have to take my word that it’s not working very well.  What if you went to buy them and you were told NO?  Doesn’t this sound a little……I don’t know……totalitarian?

After two Apple Employees – identified in the tale as Guy #1 and Guy #2 – check his identity via credit card, Guy #2 informs him: “There is a limit to the number of iPads that customers can buy.” Our protagonist ask what that limit might be, and Guy #2 answers: “Only 2 per customer.”

At that point, Guy #1 returns, and the conversation takes on a Kafkaesque quality:

  • 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: 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 okay if I have a family member or friend come to buy it for me? My reservation doesn’t expire until 6:00pm.
  • Guy #1: All I can say is that you have reached your lifetime limit.
  • Me: 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.
  • Me: Okay buddy, I’m not going to make a scene so I’m leaving. How many iPads is the limit by the way?
  • Guy #1: That information is not available.
  • Me (looking at Guy #2, who has been silent this whole time): He tells me that the limit is two.
  • Guy #1: I wish I could say but I do not have that information.
  • Me: I’ve already purchased more than two iPads. Why didn’t anybody else stop me in the past?
  • Guy #1: I wish I could say but I do not have that information.
  • Me: Alright, I’ve had enough. Have a good day.

Apple has apparently placed not one, but two limits on buying iPads.  First off, you’re only allowed to buy 2 per day.  Beyond that, you’re only allowed to buy 10 in your lifetime.  I mean, really, a lifetime limit?  I can understand a one day limit.  If the store only has 50 iPads and some jack ass comes in and buys all 50 that would probably piss quite a few customers off.  So I get the 2/day limit.  But why in the world is there a lifetime limit of 10???

This story comes from The Register, which in turn got it from Protocol Snow.  Once again Apple policies baffle me…

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 27, 2010 10:51 pm

    I’m so over Apple.

    I appreciate their technology and there’s no doubt Steve Jobes is brilliant, but I don’t own an iPhone, I won’t buy an iPad… it’s just a little much. It’s the Diva of companies. And even though they do “got-it-going-on”, I get tired of them shoving it in our face. Enough already. I’m over it. Lifetime limit? Kiss my ass….keep your dang iPad.

    • April 27, 2010 10:59 pm

      They do make some cool stuff, there’s no question about that. No iPhone or iPad for me either……I do have an iPod though but, that’s about as far as I go.

      Aren’t you spirited tonight Nadia, hahaha. I agree though, lifetime limit, for that they can kiss my iAss too!

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