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Little girl opens iPod, gets book instead

updated 02:20 pm EST, Thu December 27, 2007

iPod replaced with book

A little girl in Maryland this Christmas opened a box that was supposed to contain an iPod classic, only to discover a book and a strange note in place of the portable player she thought she had received, according to myfoxdc. The box, which her father purchased at a local Wal-Mart store, contained "Awakening Loving-Kindness" by Pema Chodron accompanied by a strange letter, which reads: "Reclaim your mind from the media's shackles. Read a book and resurrect yourself. To claim your capitalistic garbage go to your nearest Apple Store."

The man who purchased the 'iPod' claims the box was completely sealed when he bought it, and learned that he was not the only customer to receive a surprise instead of the expected gadget. A Wal-Mart store manager said the store had already offered a refund to another customer who had a similar problem, and considers the entire ordeal to be Apple's problem.

Wal-Mart offered the little girl's father another iPod, but he declined, saying he would purchase his next iPod directly from an Apple Store.

One of many

The Maryland iPod switch is the latest event in a growing list of similar scams occurring across the U.S. MacNN reported the story of an Alabama man last month who purchased what he believed to be an 80GB iPod classic for his daughter, only to find a used and scratched 30GB iPod video in its place. Two Texas-based Target stores during the month of October unknowingly sold sealed boxes filled with rocks instead of shiny new iPods, and one Hawaiian customer even opened a shrink wrapped iPod box to discover a sealed fish or meat product nearly a year ago. Yet another unhappy Wal-Mart shopper found six AA batteries inside a 'new' iPod box, which bore a piece of paper taped to the top with a hand-drawn picture of a screen and buttons designed to look like the missing iPod within.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. mixtli

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Looks like..

    A case of "Shop Dropping": http://weburbanist.com/2007/12/26/shopdropping-the-subversive-art-of-reverse-shoplifting/

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    hmmm, books aren't media?

    what confused hippie smoked too many drugs to realize that books and publishing are one of the biggest media channels out there? also one of the biggest industries resisting efforts to go digital, one of the biggest industries to fight efforts of libraries to offer easy access to content, one of the industries still holding on to its only hope of survival: the fact that there's no real bittorrent for books?

  1. bloggerblog

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Reclaim

    Reclaim your mind from the media's shackles.

  1. rspress

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Not!

    Walmart claims it is Apples problem but I would bet money that the iPod is in the hands of a walmart employee at that store.

  1. bloggerblog

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    RE: cmoney

    Totally agreed, since books are to some extent part of the media channels. It's like buying Bill Oreilly's book, would that have been part of "Reclaiming ones mind from the media's shackles"?

    I don't think so.

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    A pox on the person...

    who cheated that little girl. Since when is music bad for one's soul.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    walmart

    Walmart, it's time to get an x-ray machine just like the one in airport.

  1. Faceplant

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    I wonder...

    >>Does and electronic reader count as one bound by these nasty shackles?

  1. legacyb4

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Who's to blame?

    How can a Wal-Mart spokesperson point the finger at Apple? After all, I highly doubt some Chinese factory worker is going to take the time to do a swap to make a point like that...

  1. TheMacOracle

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    EASY SOLUTION

    These problems could be easily solved if Apple used some type of "security" plastic wrap on its products rather than something that can be replicated by almost anyone with a hair dryer. Apple logo-embossed plastic would let a buyer know the product has not been tampered with since leaving the factory. I'm sure there are a dozen other ways I can't even think of to assure a purchaser that the product has not been tampered with.

    Just a thought.

    - TMO

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