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RadioShack requiring AppleCare purchase with iPad 2

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Tuesday, March 29, 2011
News Categories: iPad

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RadioShack is requiring customers wishing to purchase iPad 2 units to purchase AppleCare as well, and possibly an accessory as well, iLounge has learned. According to multiple reader reports, the stores are very limited on the stock they are receiving, with one sales associate saying that AppleCare was required with an iPad 2 purchase as it was the only way Apple would allow the company to sell the device. It appears some stores are also requiring the purchase of an accessory, although it is less clear as to whether this is a company-wide policy or something that’s being implemented on a store-by-store basis. RadioShack began selling the iPad 2 at 500 of its stores earlier today. [Thanks, Rob]

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1

Wow. I definitely wouldn’t take that “offer”.

Posted by Ted Wood on March 29, 2011 at 2:51 PM (PDT)

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This doesn’t seem like it’s something that Apple would implement. That’s not their style, nor do they need to stoop to tactics like that. I’d be VERY surprised as well as disappointed if it was Apple behind this.

Posted by Michael on March 29, 2011 at 10:52 PM (PDT)

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Apple has found many ways to make profits, but this is by far the oddest way I’ve heard of. Radio Shack or “The Shack” may be going out of business soon, so there were a lot of better options for stores to give those iPads to.

Posted by AppleFan1 on March 30, 2011 at 3:27 AM (PDT)

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I think the most obvious reason they’re doing this is because of the grey market resellers from Asia.  Similar to making you open it and do an assisted set up in store, the AppleCare purchase is probably meant to discourage the hoards of people buying them and reselling them.  While your typical person looking to flip one or two on eBay will just use the AppleCare as a selling point, resellers in Asia who are selling 100’s of iPad 2s are less likely to want to shell over the extra $79 as it eats into their profits. Also, the AppleCare also probably makes ir easier for Apple to find out if any of those devices end up where they aren’t supposed to be.

Posted by Mike on March 30, 2011 at 3:58 AM (PDT)

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I call shenanigans on RS saying that Apple required Applecare in order that they could sell the iPad.

Posted by Joseph Singer on March 31, 2011 at 9:45 AM (PDT)

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“I call shenanigans on RS saying that Apple required Applecare in order that they could sell the iPad.”
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Posted by Joseph Singer on March 31, 2011 at 9:45 AM (PDT)

I’ll go get my broom.

Posted by Dale Reeck on April 1, 2011 at 2:12 PM (PDT)

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It happened for iPad (first gen) in hong kong retail store last year.

Posted by Edwin on April 1, 2011 at 6:46 PM (PDT)

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