My father-in-law was in the Galleria Mall the other day, and heard that someone there was rather upset in the Apple Store. Seems the store was not willing to accept the customers fat wad of cash to purchase an iPhone. I thought, no way is that true, what store would forego the real US American money in favor of the vagaries of credit? Well, it’s true. You can’t even use gift cards, which sucks (as is pointed at in the linked article) for teens who would ask for gift cards for Christmas/Birthdays/Graduation to help pay for it. You of course have a way to pay for the service contact, but I don’t know why that would mean you can’t use cash for the actual purchase of the device.