No App For You! That’s a Joke Eh?
I meant to write about this sooner but you know how it goes. As I have mentioned before I have a iPod Touch and so does my sexy wife. For Christmas 2009 I decided to get her a gift card for the Apple App Store. I went to Walmart and picked one out and even asked the lady in the electronics section if it was good for the app store not just itunes music store. She said yes, I bought it and wrapped it up all pretty like. When my wife went do use it though she couldn’t figure out how to redeem it in the app store. Well I got on there and because I was sure she had missed something, arrogant me but I couldn’t figure it out either. So I jumped on good and did a quick search on how to redeem and low and behold I found out that you can use gift card in the app store in Canada. I was pretty ticked, but she said she would just use it for music and let it be. I am from the states and the first thing I thought is what would happen if this took place in the US? Riots? LOL, likely.
Apple Blames Canada for Gift Card Policy
The most bewildering part of the story is that members of the Canadian government have made public statements that they know of no law that denies Canadians for using gift cards in the app store. I haven’t heard any top level comments on this from Apple, just read emails other have posted on their blogs. Hundreds maybe thousands of Canadians have been screwed by this policy. So if there is no reason to bar gift card from the app store then what is the motivation? And if they think they are following the law, how come they didn’t make it more public. Uh, that’s a no brainer – so Canadians would still buy gift cards.
Unfortunately Apple has been careful to cover their backside. There is mention that gift cards can’t been redeemed for apps in the fine print of the Canadian user agreement. In my opinion it should be in bold on every itunes gift card.
Just another case of BLAME CANADA.