updated 12:00 pm EST, Thu December 29, 2005
iPod buyers beware
Some iPod buyers are not finding what they expected when they open their new iPods. At least two separate reports indicate that new "sealed" Apple iPod boxes, purchased from Wal-Mart, didn't include the popular music player--but instead contained something else its place. A woman and her son from Mililani, Hawaii were caught by surprise on Christmas morning as the boy opened a box which should have contained a brand-new fifth-generation iPod from Apple, but instead contained . According to the report, the woman claimed the box was sealed and that it didn't appear to have been tampered with when she brought it home from the Wal-Mart in Honolulu, her place of employment according to a report from ABC News.
Another Wal-Mart customer was also dissappointed when she opened her newly purchased iPod package. After opening a 30GB iPod box which was sealed with cellophane wrap, she discovered six AA batteries taped together--an effort to simulate the weight of the iPod. The woman, who contacted MacNN following her dismay, said she had purchased the iPod for her 12-year-old daughter from a Wal-Mart store in Des Moines. Ironically, she had opened the packaging to ensure the device didn't requires batteries.
"I was wrapping presents tonight and decided to check to see if the iPod needed batteries and what to my surprise when I removed the cellophane wrap, the package was empty, someone had packed batteries and taped them together--6 AA batteries--to give the package a similar weight and then they had cut paper and drew a screen and buttons on the top paper. What a disappointment! The closest store to try to get this replaced was 2 hours away."