My friend Lan Bui, one of the producers of the wonderful podcast NoodleScar, just twittered that he got his $200 back from Apple for buying the (now $399) 8GB iPhone. Yes, I know that they’re giving a 10-day price guarantee, but Lan purchased his phone on July 2nd — more than two months ago.
Lan told me that he spent an hour on the phone with his local Apple store, and they told him that apparently as of tomorrow there will be a company wide policy put in place regarding refunds, and that he should come down immediately if he wanted his $200. I don’t know how many returns they’ll let people get away with for the rest of the day, but it can’t hurt trying!
For the record, I’m happy with the $600 I paid- I’ve had the phone for 2 months, and I love it. As many have said, that’s the price of being an early adopter, and you have to understand that sometimes things are going to change (sometimes faster than you’d expect) after you purchase a device early. So no, I’m not trying to get any money back, but I was sharing the story of someone who felt it wasn’t fair (or hell, someone who thought they might as well try and get some dough back from Apple, which isn’t a terrible thing either!).