Apple Pay is now available to use. At least for those resident in the U.S. who have an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.1, a credit card they haven’t already maxed out, and faith that Apple will keep their financial data safe and secure.
Does that describe you? Or, if not, are you otherwise keen to use Apple Pay when it either launches in your country or you upgrade your iPhone? We want to know all about people’s intentions towards Apple Pay, and we have the MakeUseOf Poll to help us do just that.
Geeks Buy Gadgets
To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Where Do You Buy New Gadgets?”
Out of a total of 257 votes, 50.2% chose Amazon, 18.7% chose An Online Retailer, 8.2% chose eBay, 6.6% chose A Local Independent Retailer, 5.8% chose The Manufacturer’s Own Store Or Website, 5.5% chose Other, and 5% chose Big-Box Retailer.
We all know Amazon is popular, but for one online retailer to poll more than 50% of the votes is astounding. The three biggest shares of the votes all went to online retailers (for a total of 77.1%), showing how much bricks-and-mortar stores are struggling to compete with their online competitors.
Comment Of The Week
Mostly, it depends on what I’m shopping for. Larger purchases, like a laptop, I’ll buck up and go to Best Buy, why? Because I can watch all the reviews I want on Youtube and Amazon may have the lower price, but until I can feel it in my hands, and actually use it, I’m not laying out that much money. Best Buy has price matched, not always but sometimes, before on certain items, so I don’t mind going through them; and as a tech-savvy shopper I’m not drawn into their “extended warranties/etc.” bull.
For smaller/lower priced items, I’ll go with Amazon most of the time. They have the lowest prices and it’s easy to compare multiple items. Plus, it usually has the largest amount of customer reviews, so I can weed through them and find the truly useful reviews.
Also, many retailers lag in their offerings, so if I want a particular item, the box retailers, even Best Buy to a point, may not have it in stock or even be offering it for awhile.
We chose this comment because it spells out which retailers the reader uses, when they use them, and why they use them. Which are the details we were seeking. It helps that a lot of what is said here is good, common sense advice other people would do well to follow.
To iPay Or Not To iPay
Apple Pay has arrived, and if we’re to believe a number of high-profile tech journalists, it’s the best thing since sliced bread. It may well be a game-changer, it’s too early to tell. It’s certainly looking good, but it’s far from being the first mobile payments platform, and it’s guaranteed not to be the last.
However, it’s the next big thing right now, and that means we’re keen to take the pulse of the MakeUseOf readership. We’re simply asking, “Will You Ever Use Apple Pay?” Yes or No? If Yes, why? If No, why not? If “What is Apple Pay?” why do you have to complicate things and make my life more difficult?!
Please vote in the poll above, and then explain in the comments below why you voted that way. The best Comment of the Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. Well, at least until we meet back here again this time next week.