Apple Receipts: Never Lose Them

If we’ve learned anything since we started this thing a couple of years ago, it’s that receipts are important. And that you should keep them. Especially if you buy Apple products.

We’ve praised Apple a few times for their leadership in offering email receipts in their retail stores. Paving a way for the future, we appreciate Apple’s willingness to forgo the ubiquitous paper receipt.

But there have been many instances where Apple has proven the importance of keeping those receipts in a safe place. Back when they reduced the price of the first iPhone by $200, we blogged about Apple’s receipt-required return policy. Those with Shoeboxed accounts rejoiced, as they were reimbursed.

Last summer I went to get new headphones from Apple when my iPod earbuds stopped working. I printed out my Shoeboxed receipt and brought it in. I rejoiced, as I traded them in for free.

Now with the new iPhone coming out in only a couple of months, those who just bough the old iPhone will be eligible to exchange their old one for a snazzy 3G iPhone. Those with Shoeboxed accounts will rejoice, for they will get 3G iPhones.