Apple teams with Bay area merchants on exclusive offers when you pay with Apple Pay

Apple has announced their “Lose Your Wallet” event in the San Francisco area.

Use Apple Pay June 23-25 to get exclusive offers in Hayes Valley and the Marina. It’s easy and secure.

Exclusives include:

Hayes Valley Merchants
• Get a free gift card at Aether Apparel.
• Take fifteen percent off your first one hundred and fifty dollars at Azalea.
• Take ten dollars off fifty dollars or more at Azil Boutique.
• Take fifteen percent off your order at Blue Bottle Coffee.
• Take ten percent off your first one hundred dollars at Bulo Shoes.
• Take fifteen percent off all purchases at Christopher Elbow Chocolates.
• Get Large Fries for one dollar at Double Decker.
• Take ten percent off your first one hundred dollars at Dish.
• Take twenty five percent off your check at Fig and Thistle.
• Take twenty five percent off your order at Loving Cup.
• Take ten percent off first one hundred dollars at Maker Moss.
• Take ten percent off first one hundred dollars at Minimal.
• Take twenty five percent off your purchase at Nancy Boy.
• Take fifteen percent off first one hundred fifty dollars at Rand and Statler.
• Take twenty percent off your order at Ritual Coffee.
• Take twenty five percent off your order at Smitten Ice-cream.
• Get new Frozen Yogurt flavor (Crumbled Melamakarona) for one dollar at Soulva.
• Five dollar Martinis and Beers at Sugar Lounge.
• Take fifteen percent off first one hundred fifty dollars at Welcome Stranger.
• Take ten percent off first one hundred dollars at Will Leather Goods.

Marina Merchants
• Take ten percent off all services at Benefit Cosmetics.
• Take twenty dollars off two hundred dollars or more at City Optix.
• Take ten percent off and get free tea of the day at David’s Tea.
• Take ten percent off first one hundred dollars at Dress.
• Get a special gift with ON product purchases at Fleet Feet.
• Take fifteen percent off your purchases at Gala.
• Get a free chocolate pouch at Ghirardelli.
• Get a free cookie with a sandwich at Marina Deli.
• Take ten percent off first one hundred dollars at Marina Meats.
• Take ten percent off first one hundred dollars at Marina Supermarket.
• Take twenty five percent off your order at Over the Moon.
• Take one dollar off all beverages at Peets.
• Take ten percent off your purchase at Pladra.
• Take twenty five percent off your order at Seed and Salt.
• Take twenty five percent off your order at Smitten Ice-cream.
• Get a free cork puller with every bottle of wine at United Liquor and Deli.

Exclusive App and Partner Offers
• Take five dollars off your order at Caviar.
• Win a month of free parking. Four winners each day at PayByPhone.
• Take fifty percent off your parking in San Francisco at SpotHero.
• Visit Square pop-up on Hayes Street and in the Marina for exclusive offers.

More info via Apple here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote nearly two years ago in August 2015:

Apple, give us a reason to use Apple Pay beyond looking like tech dorks in front of the line at the register. What’s the incentive to use Apple Pay? There is none besides looking like a flaming nerd. As if Apple doesn’t have any money. That, inexplicably, is how they approach Apple Pay. Hello, Tim? Eddy? Talk to some people who actually go to stores and shop for things, please.

Incentivize its use! Give Apple Pay users a percentage of every dollar spent via Apple Pay to spend at Apple Stores. Something. Anything! Get people used to using it first. Sheesh. It’s really not that difficult. It really isn’t.


      1. This sounds like a good promotion for Apple Pay. The biggest problem with it is that not enough people know about it and not enough shops accept it. Promotions like this are an effective way of getting customers and traders to try Apple Pay and hopefully there will be similar promotions in other areas and other countries too.

        Once people have tried Apple Pay, they are likely to keep using it. It’s certainly the fastest way available to me to pay for my purchases and it’s a huge bonus that all recent transactions are listed right there on my iPhone, so I can easily keep a track on what I’m spending.

      1. On behalf of Apple, I’d like to profoundly apologize to Nick for them doing this in these high-traffic locations that don’t happen to include him as a customer.

      2. I gather you’re not a fan of gentrification. Yes, such areas now draw tourists and hipsters, but before the areas were rebuilt, they drew low-lifes, drunks and drug addicts. I no longer have to go round a sad vagrant on the sidewalk, fend off crude remarks from panhandlers or avoid puddles of vomit as I make my way to the Hayes Street Grill.

        1. Well, how ’bout that? Gentrification has made all the drug addicts, bums, and low lifes disappear! It’s magic! No, asshole, they simply moved to some other place bringing their vomit, crime, and poor personal hygiene with them. But you, douche bag, get your overpriced shops filled with pretentious douche bags. Frankly, I think both neighborhoods are dismaying and despicable.

          1. Yes, that’s always the problem with sweeping out the bums – they simply relocate! Neither one of us thinks gentrification solves any social problems. In the Hayes and Marina areas it has enriched the City through expanded tourism, commercial flow, business licences and and higher rents. But in human terms gentrification is a wash. Homeless have been replaced by hipsters, and who’s to say that’s an improvement? Even the mayor of SF says it isn’t, and wants to use the city’s treasury surplus to permanently eliminate homelessness. That’s a very tall order! But if he did pull it off, maybe he’d turn his attention to the douchebag problem.

            1. Well, there are lots of problems. You have to start somewhere! Accommodating the homeless is one place to start. Healing them is another.

              I was once a nurse, and in my residency had to treat people in a Florida Community Centre that admitted the indigent. Sometimes it was for a gunshot wound, or an overdose, or obvious battery. People would fear to admit anything for fear of reprisal or jail or because many of us were Anglos. We would treat their symptoms and release them, but their underlying problems would continue. We could heal some of them, but they would be back again, and again.

              If I have problems, and I do, they are at the system level, where responsible leadership is supposed to dwell. My problems are not about being inconvenienced by beggars as I shop for expensive handbags. My problems are with the Board of Supervisors, the Chamber of Commerce, the Retail Association, and the Office of the Mayor for dithering and sweeping people under the rug.

    1. Apple Pay is such not a big deal that I never noticed it wasn’t happening. It’s really hard to miss something so unimportant and insignificant in my life. I can’t understand its practicality. Maybe some fanboys can enlighten me. Well, can you?

      1. I’ll bite.

        As with all little things in life, ApplePay for sure isn’t a life-altering experience. The iPhone itself was, when it appeared. What ApplePay does is allow me to not bother bringing my wallet anymore. In the wintertime, this isn’t a big deal, but in the summer, when there is no jacket pocket for the wallet, this makes a big difference for me. The wallet then normally goes in the back pocket of my pants, which makes it uncomfortable to sit (you’re sitting on that wallet).

        And yes, it does save time at the checkout. It is also quite more practical. With a wallet, I need both hands to complete the transaction (pull it out of the pocket, put down that bag I’m holding in the other hand, open the wallet, then use the other hand to pick the right card, swipe or insert, type the pin, sign, put the card back, put the wallet back, bend down and pick up that bag from the floor). With ApplePay, I don’t need the other hand. When I reach for the phone, my thumb is already at or near the touchID, ready to authenticate. As I bring the phone near the terminal, the Wallet app lights up with my default card and I simply authenticate and put the phone back in the pocket. If the store needs to me to sign (still happens in a few places), my hand is now free to do it, ipeithout having to bend down and drop the bag I’m carrying in the other hand on the floor.

        As I said, not a profoundly life-altering feature, but like all other small things in life, a faster, more practical, more secure and easier way to pay for stuff. It is on a similar level as touchID. You don’t have to use it, and quite many people still don’t, but it saves time over punching six digits every time you need the phone.

        1. The smaller things in life actually dominate our spectrum of experience. Like infinitesimals in calculus, they can add up to enormous, important effects. This is in fact the entire impact of the computer on everyday life and is criminally neglected by analysts wilfully blind to the birthing — going on in plain sight — of a new moral order.

    1. Maybe Apple tried and the major retailers told Apple to F-off. Oh, shit, did I just write that?

      Well, it’s easy to infer. MDN thinks that Apple should provide users with a kickback for using Apple Pay. Obviously, that’s not happening. Major retailers also wanted kickbacks before committing, too. Nope, not gonna happen. Apple wants to squeeze every dime and ya’ll be damned. Ho-hum. Tweedle-dee.

  1. Note to self: avoid San Francisco like the plague. In fact, avoid California. We’re sick and tired of their refugees anyhow. Border Patrol would be more effective elsewhere. I propose that Donal Trump extend his wall.

  2. The problem with the idea of not carrying a wallet because you can use your phone is that if you lose your phone or it gets broken then you’ve got nothing. I have a cheap payg phone I keep in my bag/car and even though I use a contactless credit card for everything I still carry a small amount of cash for emergencies. I’m all for using Apple Pay but I am wary of being too reliant on one thing.

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