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I'm a Perl coder living in Bethlehem, PA and working Philadelphia. I'm a philosopher and theologan by training, but I was shocked to learn upon my graduation that these skills don't have many associated careers. Now I write code.

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Thursday September 02, 2004
08:10 AM

dear apple: screw you

[ #20688 ]

My PowerBook, AirPort, and iPod are working fine. Gloria's iBook and iPod mini are fine, too. So are our iSights. We have spent thousands on Apple hardware and hundreds on software. We are loyal customers. Why does Apple want to alienate us?

Sunday, I went to the Apple Store in King of Prussia. "What ho, Apple Store!" I say, "think you could fix my wireless mouse for me?"

They reply, "There's a one year warranty on that. Just call Apple Care!"

This is a fine response. I fork over $200 for an AirPort and go home.

On Tuesday, I call Apple Care and say, "Hello, old chums! I've got a rummy problem with my mouse; think you could tend to it?"

I get transferred to Deepest India, and repeat my question.

"What kind of computer are you using?" I tell him I'm using my PowerBook.

"What's the serial number?"

"Of the mouse?"

"No, of the computer." Immediately, I begin to wonder where this is going, but I answer.

"That computer is out of warranty, sir."

"Sure is! The mouse, though, is not. I bought it in March."

"Oh. Can I have the serial number of the mouse?"

I ask him where to find it, and he doesn't know. I read him the long number from the inside of the battery well, but it doesn't resolve in his system. He asks if I have the box, and I reply that I threw it out months ago. Finally, he has some advice:

"I think you better take that to the Apple Store."

Needless to say, I am not amused. I explain that it's far away, and I was already there. He directs me to my friendly local retailer. They, when called, groan about Apple's usual asininity, but say that I can bring it in and have it taken care of there, free of charge. Huzzah! If they pull it off, they get my business forever. ...but first, one last chance for Apple. The wireless mouse was introduced less than a year ago. I will attempt to confront them with this information, as evidence that my mouse is within its warranty. If they still refuse... I just don't know.

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  • I have a Dell. I had a problem. I called Dell and get a rep in India. I send an email and I get an answer that contains "things to try". I do, they don't work, I send an email. I get an email from another rep because the first rep is off now (time zone difference you see). I go through the whole thing again. Three different times. Finally I get pissed and they come up with the solution. A swap of hardware. They say it will be two days. Cool. Two days later I take a day off to be home for "the swap". It was

  • The wireless mouse was introduced less than a year ago. I will attempt to confront them with this information, as evidence that my mouse is within its warranty.

    They are probably institutionally incapable of making that leap of logic, but if you speak to an individual said individual can probably handle it. I had the same problem several years ago on a Blue and White desktop G3 with a mail-in offer for an internal Zip drive. They declined my offer since the date was not on the receipt I sent them. I c

    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
  • I had some trouble getting my Applecare registration recognized. I'd bought it about nine months in but didn't realize I had to register it (that's the problem with handing a customer a box) until I had a problem well after my normal warranty was up.

    1st call: Fax us your receipts and we'll have you registered within 72 hours.
    2nd call: You were told 72 hours? Oh dear.
    3rd call: Warranty department's got the stuff, waiting on them.
    4th call: Are you sure you faxed us your receipts?

    Is is at this point th