you cannot consolidate Apple IDs. lesson learned.

I just spent an hour trying to consolidate my Apple IDs.  Aargh.  Sometimes I don’t know when to give up.  I had to just let it go.  It was hard because all the forums said it couldn’t be done, but then I found THIS link, which seemed to indicate that it COULD be done.  Suffice to say, Apple ID is linked to an email address despite what the screenshot says here.