Credit is a part of our society

(I think I’m going to start a blog section called “Oh really” in honor of the SNL skit)

Cash not necessarily always welcome at Apple stores |

So a local ABC station takes the Apple store to task for not accepting the hard earned cash of a woman who is disabled and on a fixed income and she wants to go online to youtube and find guitar lessons for free and play with them.

And ZDnet making this a morality play about disadvantaged Americans?  Oh really?  What about the fact that she’s either going to need Internet access or pay for 3G to access that Youtube? 

$600 is a lot of money.  Isn’t there a bigger story here that American consumerism and marketing is so great that a woman who probably shouldn’t be spending on the iconic consumer device of iPad is wanting to spend her money on it?  The device it tied to a App store that needs a credit card or a paypal account.  I get it that she may not be able to handle a netbook.  I get it that she may not want the full functionality of a computer.  But all you guys are beating up the Apple store over is about their acceptance of cash?  You can’t complete the set up of an iPad without some sort of credit card tied to that device. 

Folks, credit cards are an American way of life and have been so for years.  I think we’ve jumped the shark where people want to find something to beat up Apple over.

This however, isn’t a topic they should be beat up over.

3 Thoughts on “Credit is a part of our society

  1. While I agree partially here – the woman likely had more pressing things to do with her $600 – it highlights the widening gap between those with credit and those without.
    An iPad is the least of the worries. Try travelling without a credit card. Try reserving a hotel room. Try doing almost anything on-line.
    The fact that ‘credits cards are an American way of life’ is terrific for the credit card folks and the businesses, but terrible for nearly everyone else. Nearly the only folks that use credit cards correctly – without piling up debt on them and paying the monthly balance in full – are those that could get along fine without them.

  2. DaveN on May 19, 2010 at 11:55 am said:

    She can always go to Best Buy, who I’m sure will more than welcome her cash. That’s assuming she still wants to buy an Apple product after being treated in this amazingly consumer-unfriendly way.

    I’m not clear on whether this rule applies only to iPad or to all purchases, but I think about my nieces and nephews. They’re not old enough to have credit cards but they often make small tech purchases or buy iTunes gift cards with cash. This bizarre policy might not make me any more or less anti-Apple than I already am, but it’s clearly another example of their disdain for consumers.

  3. Dean on May 27, 2010 at 3:27 pm said:

    “Folks, credit cards are an American way of life and have been so for years”

    Uuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, only because the banks have made it come out that way. As a society we have to start exerting more control over our lives and what the companies can and can’t do to us. Only then will this country get better from where it stands today.

    Does anyone really beleive that a consumer device should automagically be tied to one of your credit cards ? That’s giving the company that produces the device way too much financial info about you. What if when you bought a new refrigerator you had to tie your credit card to it ? Or a TV ? Would that be OK ? So why should it be OK for an Apple product ?

    And then there are the security problems. Every time you give your credit card info to another company or web site you raise the odds that the info will be stolen and used against you. If anything people should be demanding that they be able to pay with cash more often.

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