Apple Customers in Turkey Being Turned Away at Retail Stores as Halt on Product Sales Continues

Apple customers in Turkey are being turned away at retail stores by staff following the halt of online product sales in the country, although the exact reason for the in-store sales halt is unclear.

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According to macReports, the halt is due to rapid currency fluctuations as the Turkish lira has declined significantly in recent days, and store staff are telling customers that normal sale operations will resume once the Turkish economy stabilizes.

Other Turkish sources have claimed that the stores have been selling products today and that any halt is simply due the stores running out of available stock to sell, a supply chain situation that has been ongoing for some time and has regularly resulted in Apple stores limiting in-store sales.

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Images shared by macReports show customers waiting outside two Apple Stores in the country's largest city, Istanbul. According to the report, customers with service appointments are being attended to, while customers looking to purchase products are being turned away. Retail staff is also reportedly telling customers that once sales resume, a price hike can be expected for products due to the Turkish lira collapsing.

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Apple stopped the sale of products in Turkey yesterday following a historic economic collapse which resulted in the Turkish lira dropping 15%. At the time of writing, a Turkish lira is equivalent to approximately 0.082 U.S. dollars. We've reached out to Apple for a statement.

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Top Rated Comments

MLVC Avatar
25 weeks ago

That’s sad. Apple save the country with your multi-trillion dollar market cap.
Please no, Turkey is perfectly capable of saving themselves, they just need to get rid of Erdogan.
Score: 65 Votes (Like | Disagree)
davidjschloss Avatar
25 weeks ago
"...although the exact reason for the in-store sales halt is unclear."

a few paragraphs later

"Apple stopped the sale of products in Turkey yesterday following a historic economic collapse which resulted in the Turkish lira dropping 15%. At the time of writing, a Turkish lira is equivalent to approximately 0.082 U.S. dollars. We've reached out to Apple for a statement"

I think the reason is pretty clear. Apple stopped sales after the currency crashed because the Lira is now useless and they sell expensive products.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MLVC Avatar
25 weeks ago
Istanbul is not the capital of Turkey, Ankara is.

Edit: post is now corrected.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
FreeWoRLD83 Avatar
25 weeks ago
The volatility was so high that at some point, some Apple products were cheaper to buy in Turkey than their USD equivalence, since Apple did not update the prices (or rather would not be able to keep up with such daily changes). Of course some greedy ones wanted to take advantage of the situation and massive purchase attempts were made.

This is why they stopped selling.



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Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ilikewhey Avatar
25 weeks ago
thats the first time i see a shake shack in turkey.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MLVC Avatar
25 weeks ago

If they can't sell anything in Turkey who in the world the store is open and what are the employees doing? Chit chatting and turning people away?
The answer is in the text: According to the report, customers with service appointments are being attended to
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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