Skip to comments.Apple Products to No Longer Be Sold at Costco Membership Warehouse
Posted on 12/09/2010 1:47:59 PM PST by mgstarr
Ruh roh! It appears that because of reasons surrounding the facts that while Costco has carried iPods and iTunes cards from their retail locations for quite a while now, Apple has never allowed them to sell Apple items on their webpage (like other retailers can) and Costco didnt gain distribution rights for the iPad, Costcos pulling the plug. Costco is said to be the third largest retailer and the largest membership warehouse dealer in the USA. Them stopping sales of Apple products completely is almost certainly going to be a stinger in Apples side.
Someone will blink on this.
I have bought at least 4 iPods at Costco for the family.
When I was working in Leon GTO Mexico they spoke better English at the local Costco
Apple sucks anyway. No big loss.
Fat lot of good that did them going into a recession.
There's a "group" there at Apple Headquarters who have a bizzaro worldview that gets perpetuated somehow.
Someone should check the water in Cupertino. Might be something funny in there.
Ya no one buys their stuff for that reason.
Guess that’s why their stock performance is so poor.
Seems you can buy an iPad at Sams. Just not on line.
They could have waited a few weeks. I needed to pick up some iTunes cards for Christmas presents.
You say Apple sucks.
Kinda like Yogi Berra saying, “No one goes there anymore because it’s just too crowded.”
Their stock has only gone from 90 to 320 within the last two years, and they’ve sold a kazillion songs and Apps.
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? You’re probably one of those that connects your iTunes to your neanderthal PC.
If you had invested only $1000 in Apple during 2000, today you would have a pocket full of $43,000 in your sucking pocket. How did YOU do?
>>I have bought at least 4 iPods at Costco for the family.<<
I completely leapfrogged them when I bought my Fender Android. And I gotta ask, with the proliferation of smart phones, who buys iPods any more? I mean, if not a smart phone, why not one of the must cheaper “off brand” music players. For me now, an iPod would not only be redundant; it would be annoying because all I can do with it is play music.
And then tell me how great Apple is.
Truly a classic movie. And it speaks more of our world today than a lot of people fully grasp.
Oh, and OW! My Balls!
I like both Costco and Apple, but Apple is not easy to work with for a large discount retailer such as Costco. To reach a different market Apple recently made the deal with Walmart to sell their iPad (fair trade price, no discount). But Costco is different, and likely wanted to bundle and do other things to make their Apple offerings more competitive. Also, Costco’s profit margins are very slim for a big box store and therefore volume sales are necessary. It’s hard to sell iPads and laptops with Apple’s requirements for “fair trading” and Costco’s need to sell a lot and still make 10 or 12% on the transactions. All this adds up to a “too bad” for Apple, Costco, and the consumer...
I was 9 years old in most of 2000.
Steve is a product genius beyond anyone alive today, but his politics stink.
Them not learn good English in Wigwam when child
And I can’t in good faith buy anything from a company knowing full well that the company will use my own money for political efforts I detest.
Maybe Apple makes great stuff. Maybe Barbara Streisand makes great movies and great music. Either way, I’m not buying.
I've been thinking of picking up an IPAD but after seeing this article, I can rule out the notion.
There is no way that this “policy” can be considered good for consumers.
I've purchased things at Costco that were much cheaper than they were at more conventional outlets.
Why would I want to pay more money for the same item because of Apple's tyrannical marketing policies?
Apple makes it, they sell it, retailers (middle men) buy it and sell it to consumers.
Why tamper with something that ain't broke? I want to buy things at better prices. That is what capitalism is about.
Really? You sound like a thoughtful person whose opinion I certainly would value. Not.
“Maybe Apple makes great stuff. Maybe Barbara Streisand makes great movies and great music. Either way, Im not buying.”
>>>Them stopping sales of Apple products completely is almost certainly going to be a stinger in Apples side
They’ll more than make up for it when Verizon gets the iPhone.
Do you use Windows?
Nice to see someone giving the middle finger to the Cupertino Gangtas.
And Apple is selling iPads as fast as they can make them, at full price. Capitalism is about that, too.
I agree totally on both items.
I’d add that his product genius extends to a true vision of where technology is headed.
Yes. A common practice is to throw in a zip case to carry it in.
LOL... Okay, but you’re still wrong about Apple products and their sales prove it. I love their products and their service is outstanding.
Yeah, right. What world do you live in?
Check, just acksin’
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Duh! Costco's Board of Directors includes Bill Gates Sr., the father of Microsoft's Bill Gates and Jeff Riakes, CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with 25 years at Microsoft.
I was told about a year ago by a Costco employee that they would NEVER again sell Apple Computers for that reason. It's not big surprise.
I believe Costco will come out the worse for this.
And your point about Jobs making his last political donation six years ago is?
I find it much more interesting to see the donations Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer made to Patty Murray, Harry Reid, Arlen Spectre, the Democrat National Campaign Committee and Nancy Pelosi THIS YEAR to be more interesting... regardless that they both deviously played both sides against the middle.
I kind of prefer the honesty of choosing one side and sticking with it, instead of hedging bets. "Would that you were one or the other" - Revelations 3. I know where Jobs stands...
And WHERE have you been for the last five years?
I have my iPod to listen to RUSH after I get home and do my chores...
>>And WHERE have you been for the last five years?<<
Ok, so they can do some video. Being someone who has never, in my life, paid for a music download (though the recent demise of limewire was a bit of a temporary challenge) and not interested in diminutive video experiences, the music is all that mattered. ;)
Then how can you justify giving your money to Microsoft? Money spent with Microsoft winds up with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funding abortions around the world, Global Warming funds, and a host of other things that are anathema to conservatives... not to mention Democrat and Liberal causes? Except for a $100,000 donation last year to the No on proposition 8 campaign about Gay marriage last year, which was made by the Apple Employees' PAC, Apple Inc., despite being perceived as a Liberal bastion, eschews political donations as a corporation.
Its corporate board is almost evenly divided between Liberals and Conservatives, recently adding an arch conservative Republican James Honey to the board to replace the Liberal Google CEO Eric Schmidt who resigned from the board several months ago (after ripping off tons of Apple proprietary secrets in my opinion). I think the Libs do at this time slightly outnumber the Cons, on the board... but that is the case on almost every BoD in the country.
Jobs made private, personal donations to Democratic organizations and a few Democrats up until six years ago, but it appears he has stopped doing that, concentrating his time on his primary love... making excellent products.
Apple is also family and child friendly, prohibiting porn from its apps, devices, and stores when it legitimately can without impinging on the freedom of its customers. Apple, for example, asserts the right NOT to sell porn in the iTunes store, or to allow Apps that have topless or nude images or X-rated content in the App store. Microsoft, Google, and Android makers do not. To me, that makes Apple more conservative in its values than its competition.
As a musician in a previous career, I am shocked that you announce that you prefer to steal your music instead of paying a pittance for it and rewarding the people who worked hard to gain the skills so you could enjoy it. They didn't do it so you could have your music for nothing, you know.
Your not knowing what an iPod is capable of is interesting... did you know that there are FOUR TIMES more games for the iPod/iPhone systems now than for ALL OTHER hand held games systems combined... and you say it can do "some video" when they can play full length movies and the iPod touch can stream HD television to your HD TV? over WIFI? The iPods are also eReaders and a host of other useful things. Try any of that on your low end, cut rate music players that only play music.
By the way, you can load an iPod without ever buying a song from the iTunes store merely by ripping your own collection of music from your CD collection. There are many of your fellow freepers who have done just that, me included. I think I have bought only about five songs from iTunes... I already have all the music I want.
>>As a musician in a previous career, I am shocked that you announce that you prefer to steal your music instead of paying a pittance for it and rewarding the people who worked hard to gain the skills so you could enjoy it. They didn’t do it so you could have your music for nothing, you know. <<
I used to tell my daughters, back in 1998, that RECORDED music would become the equivalent of the free toy in the happy meal. I think musicians should be like basketball players. They get paid for live performances and what comes from them. The “do it once and get paid forever” paradigm ended a while back.
A smartphone with verizon is 50 bucks a month as to a simple phone for 9.00 a month.
The ipod touch accesses wireless networks and the children download apps, text, play games for no cost - even the new face talk for free.
So I agree a single tool might be better - for teenagers and a family having both is less expensive.
>>Your not knowing what an iPod is capable of is interesting... did you know that there are FOUR TIMES more games for the iPod/iPhone systems now than for ALL OTHER hand held games systems combined... and you say it can do “some video” when they can play full length movies and the iPod touch can stream HD television to your HD TV? over WIFI?<<
So? Its a tiny screen. I’d rather be reading a book. I was a huge game fan, back in the day. Heck I’ve got thousands of hours racked up on Asteroids and space invaders. I could put one quarter in and play all day - and sometimes did. I also spent around a thousand hours on internet WWII aircraft simulators.
But the last game I got into was Command and Conquer, and I still play the games from “the last decade” from time to time. I think some of the new flying and driving games are a hoot, especially on a 50” screen or my 7’ projector. But I’ve never been into handheld games or handheld movie screens.
And the bottom line is that the iPod was just never worth the money to me. The cheap players gave me what I needed - something I could plug into my car stereo for music, and something I could plug into the PA for my bands for learning and playing songs. If I want to sit down and just listen to music, I put a needle in a groove.
Here is the biggest challenge: Doubletwist for Android was supposed to be a big deal, but I’ve never worked with playlists, so I tried it and deleted it. I do folders and subfolders. But it doesn’t work that way with the android. It’s not a problem yet because I only store about 200 songs on my 8 gig, but if I am gonna store a lot of music, some sort of sorting system will be a must. But I never get around to it. I have other stuff to do.
Man, I’m starting to sound really old...
>>By the way, you can load an iPod without ever buying a song from the iTunes store merely by ripping your own collection of music from your CD collection. <<
It’s easier to download from limewire than to rip my CD’s. Well, that and I haven’t bought a new CD since 1998. And that was Monte Python’s “The Final Ripoff”. ;)
I’ve bought a few used ones since then, but there is not much new stuff I like. Actually, I take that back. I’ve bought several new CD’s from artists directly when I’ve watched their shows.
On a side note, I have a VERY rich acquaintance that has all the apple stuff, even apple tv in her home and both yachts. She switched from iTunes to Limewire not because of price, but because once she got a song she could do whatever she wanted with it, IF it was from limewire. Songs from iTunes drove her nuts with all the limitations.
>>They didn’t do it so you could have your music for nothing, you know. <<
They did it because it is their passion and it is fun. I like to say to my bands, as we break down after a gig, “This is the part we get paid for”.
Lynux developers don’t get paid for a lot of their stuff.