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Clay iPads  (Source:
Stores like Walmart, Best Buy, Future Shop and London Drugs have all had cases where clay replaced iPad 2's during returns

Customers shopping for iPad 2's in certain Canadian stores are finding blocks of clay in their brand new boxes instead of Apple's popular iOS tablet.

Apple's iPad 2, which was released in March 2011, is a well sought-after item in the tablet market. No other tablets have been able to touch its popularity, whether it be Android-based, BlackBerry's PlayBook, HP's TouchPad, etc. In fact, iPads accounted for 97.2 percent of U.S. tablet traffic in August 2011.

Now, scam artists are taking advantage of the tablet's popularity by purchasing an iPad 2 from stores with cash, replacing the tablet with a block of clay, and returning it to the store for a full refund. The fraudulent iPad 2's are then placed back on the shelves for other unsuspecting customers to buy.

Stores like Walmart, Best Buy, Future Shop and London Drugs have all had cases where clay replaced iPad 2's during returns. According to CTV News, Best Buy and Future Shop had as many as 10 fake clay models resold to customers in their Metro Vancouver stores. London Drugs had four cases of clay models being resold while Walmart said it was investigating less than 10 cases.

Dayna Chabot was one of the unsuspecting customers who purchased a “clay” 32 GB iPad 2 at Walmart on January 5. She purchased it at the Langley store, south of Vancouver.

"It was all sealed properly and everything," said Chabot. "It was the shape of an iPad. They even had a piece of clay where the charger went and everything. Like, they knew what they were doing. I understood that it could have easily been us that did it and went back. But they were really good about it at Walmart. They were all just kind of baffled."

In response, Future Shop, Best Buy and London Drugs said they are all changing their return policies. The iPad 2 boxes will be opened right in front of the customers returning them to make sure the correct components are inside before offering a refund or putting the boxes back on the shelves.

Walmart, however, said it is not changing its return policy at this time. It called the scams "upsetting" and said it contacted the local police to investigate, but CTV News said local police knew nothing about the clay iPad 2s.

"It's really sad that people stoop to these low levels to take advantage of really hot sellers," said Elliott Chun, Future Shop spokesperson. "As you probably know, tablets were the number one touted gift items for the holidays this year."

Sources: Digital Journal, CTV News

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i'm sorry
By clhathat on 1/18/2012 11:49:01 AM , Rating: 5
but i fail to see the difference between an ipad and a block of clay

RE: i'm sorry
By kattanna on 1/18/2012 12:48:11 PM , Rating: 5
i can.. a block of clay can provide hours of fun


RE: i'm sorry
By B3an on 1/18/2012 12:54:45 PM , Rating: 3
Well the clay is more useful for a start.

RE: i'm sorry
By sprockkets on 1/18/2012 1:12:05 PM , Rating: 5
One can be used to teach, write with and draw on. The other one is an ipad.

RE: i'm sorry
By amanojaku on 1/18/2012 1:59:21 PM , Rating: 3
Well, they're much less likely to break when dropped, and scratches can be rubbed out.

And the scam artists will have an easier time redesigning the clay tablets when Apple inevitably sues them for making a slim, rectangular display with a touch interface that uses icons.

RE: i'm sorry
By ipay on 1/18/2012 3:55:05 PM , Rating: 5
A block of clay Vs iPad:
-more bang for the buck;
-have a bigger momentum;
-waterproof, fireproof, lavaproof;
-"you are holding it right" no matter what (aka "just works");
-it won't crash but can crash other things;
-more environment friendly;
-no Chinese worker was explored to do it;
-it increases national production;
-no charge needed after using it all day;

RE: i'm sorry
By clhathat on 1/18/2012 5:23:25 PM , Rating: 4
also don't forget, you can't recreate the scene from Ghost with an Ipad

RE: i'm sorry
By Aries1470 on 1/19/2012 12:25:56 PM , Rating: 2
-no Chinese worker was explored to do it;

-no Chinese worker was exploited to do it;

There, fixed it for you.

Unless for some reason, there is a reason to 'explore' a Chinese worker.

*Can be put in an oven with glazing to become water and fire proof.
*Can transform it in to any useable shape deemed Necessary.
*Can be used as a tradable item for generations to come.
*Can be made in to 'One of Kind'
*No 'mass production' as known for electronics (just unearthed and processed).
*Can be mixed with water and heat.


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