Apple is known to restrict the number of devices you can buy during the first few months of a new product launch in order to cope with the huge demand and limited supply. When Apple began selling iPads in US they were only accepting Credit or Debit card as mode of payment to limit iPad purchases to two per customer.
Today when a California woman named Diane Campbell went to the Apple Store to purchase an iPad with the money she had saved up she was turned away as she did not have a credit or debit card.
CNET today reported that she contacted a local news station (KGO) in California which ran the story and it caught Apple’s attention and the no cash policy was reversed.
Ron Johnson, a senior vice president at Apple, in an interview with the news reporter said that they wanted to be sure that “it’s as fair as possible for people to get iPads,” and the previous policy was just to ensure that everyone can get an iPad during the high demand.
As a result of this news story Apple also delivered a free iPad to Campbell!
Now if you want to buy an iPad for cash you can but, the only catch is that you must create an Apple account at the store.
If Apple imposes same restrictions during iPhone 4G launch, be sure to report it to the local news station and you might get a free iPhone (4G / HD)!