Honesty Pays Off for Best Buy Customer Who Got 4 Extra iPads in the Mail


Honesty, it turns out, really is the best policy. Especially for one woman who 'fessed up and told Best Buy that instead of sending her one iPad, as she'd ordered, the company made a mistake and sent her five iPads.

A woman named Alexa contacted The Consumerist to talk about the dilemma. Her boyfriend's mom ordered him an iPad and received a giant box with five iPads inside. What should they do with them? They felt bad keeping such expensive things they didn't pay for. But guess what? They had every right to.


According to the Federal Trade Commission, you're allowed to keep anything a company sends to you. It's a way to prevent companies from sending you stuff you didn't ask for, then demanding you pay for it. (Like those guys on the street who will hand you a CD, then try to make you pay for it, because you're holding it ...) "So they’d be well within their rights to keep or sell the iPads, or even hit them with sledgehammers if that’s what they feel like doing," Consumerist said.

Huh. Good to know! Right?

Consumerist contacted Best Buy to let them know about the mistake. Best Buy's reply is the kind anyone would be tickled to get during the holiday season:

First and foremost, I wanted to let you know how much we appreciate your honesty. That is so rare in this day and age and I sincerely thank you!

We, here at Best Buy, acknowledge that we obviously made a mistake, but in the spirit of the holidays, we encourage you to keep the additional iPads and give them to people in need -- friends, family, a local school, or charity.

What a lovely gesture! Alexa and company can now keep those free iPads without feeling guilty or worrying someone might lose their job over inventory mixups. (Losing four iPads is probably a fire-able offense ...) Best Buy winds up with some good PR, and four people get free iPads. Everybody wins!

I, too, would have come clean and told Best Buy about the mistake. It happened to me once with a set of hairbrushes. Instead of just sending me a replacement for my defective one, I'd accidentally been sent five brushes meant for someone on their sales team. I called the company and they asked if I'd please return them, so I did. I kind of wish they'd pulled a Best Buy and let me keep them. I'd have been the best gifter ever that Christmas.

Would you have let Best Buy know you'd been shipped four extra iPads?


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