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Old Nov 4th, 2007, 12:25 AM   #1
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My friend went shopping this weekend in Buffalo, and I asked her to do me a favor and pick up an iphone for me. I gave her the money for it, and she deposited it onto her debit card. I figured there wouldn't be a problem. When I went to pick it up from her, she told me they would not sell her an iphone because she's Canadian, no way around it. I was pissed, and frustrated as I had read on this forum that they would accept debit cards and credit cards no problem. Guess not. Does anyone know a way around this?
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Old Nov 4th, 2007, 12:38 AM   #2
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When I went to pick it up from her, she told me they would not sell her an iphone because she's Canadian, no way around it.
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Does anyone know a way around this?
Straight from the horse's mouth:
" iPhone may not be purchased for export outside of the United States, either directly or indirectly."
So legally, no, there is no way around it. You're not going to ask us how to do it illegally, are you?
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Old Nov 4th, 2007, 12:45 AM   #3
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I'm willing to consider the illegal way.......
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Old Nov 4th, 2007, 01:13 AM   #4
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This whole thing about american retailers with canadian "subsidiaries" refusing to sell to Canadians truly smacks of discrimination -- economic -- base on the sole reason of our dollar.

There was a whole civil rights movement in the '60s based on not being allowed service in a simple diner or not having to sit in the back of the bus.

As I remember it, no retailer in the States can refuse a sale for legal tender. Just not allowed. Am I wrong? Have the laws changed?

And we're supposed to put up with "no, you're Canadian"?

Please.

It's worth a putting up a stink.
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Old Nov 4th, 2007, 01:26 AM   #5
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Straight from the horse's mouth:
" iPhone may not be purchased for export outside of the United States, either directly or indirectly."
So legally, no, there is no way around it. You're not going to ask us how to do it illegally, are you?
I suspect Apple's policy is not a reflection of any law, U.S.A. or otherwise. It seems only to be Apple's policy to discriminate against Canadian/foreign customers.
Company policies can be challenged, and are often found to be discriminatory and illegal in themselves.

Note: "I'm not a lawyer. I just play one on TV."
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Old Nov 4th, 2007, 01:42 AM   #6
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from this thread, i have learned that apple policy and the LAW are the same thing.

oh wait, no they're not.
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Old Nov 4th, 2007, 01:51 AM   #7
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Civil rights comparison? That's the dumbest thing I ever read on these forums. I think my brain hurts now.
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Old Nov 4th, 2007, 05:06 AM   #8
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This whole thing about american retailers with canadian "subsidiaries" refusing to sell to Canadians truly smacks of discrimination -- economic -- base on the sole reason of our dollar.

There was a whole civil rights movement in the '60s based on not being allowed service in a simple diner or not having to sit in the back of the bus.

As I remember it, no retailer in the States can refuse a sale for legal tender. Just not allowed. Am I wrong? Have the laws changed?

And we're supposed to put up with "no, you're Canadian"?

Please.

It's worth a putting up a stink.
Are you seriously comparing what minorities went through in America for generations with Apple refusing to sell a cellphone to non-Americans? Nooses vs iPhones? Seriously?

If it is worth putting up a stink, gathera number of fellow aggrieved Canadians and launch a class action suit.

By the way, the laws have not changed, there was simply no Federal statute mandating that a private business, a person or an organization must accept currency or coins as for payment for goods and/or services.
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Old Nov 4th, 2007, 07:46 AM   #9
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As I remember it, no retailer in the States can refuse a sale for legal tender. Just not allowed. Am I wrong? Have the laws changed?

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You're wrong, there never was such a law. There's an article describing the "legal tender" thing here: Apple's No Cash For iPhone is Legal - iGadget Blog. As the article describes, this isn't really a legal tender issue but a freedom of contract issue and vendors are complete within there rights to set the terms of purchase for their product.

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Old Nov 4th, 2007, 07:48 AM   #10
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Why even tell them your Canadian???
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