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Apple Products to No Longer Be Sold at Costco Membership Warehouse
SlashGear ^ | 12/9/10 | Chris Burns

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 didn’t gain distribution rights for the iPad, Costco’s 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 Apple’s side.


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Something tells me the author didn't do well in English class.

Someone will blink on this.

1 posted on 12/09/2010 1:48:00 PM PST by mgstarr
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To: mgstarr

I have bought at least 4 iPods at Costco for the family.


2 posted on 12/09/2010 1:51:11 PM PST by edcoil
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To: mgstarr
"Them stopping..."

When I was working in Leon GTO Mexico they spoke better English at the local Costco

3 posted on 12/09/2010 1:51:41 PM PST by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President. He's shovel ready!)
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To: mgstarr

Apple sucks anyway. No big loss.


4 posted on 12/09/2010 1:53:14 PM PST by MeganC (January 20, 2013 - President Sarah Palin)
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To: edcoil
Just another in a long line of interesting things Apple does to successful retailers ~ they once crushed their mail order dealers.

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.

5 posted on 12/09/2010 1:56:14 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: MeganC

Ya no one buys their stuff for that reason.

Guess that’s why their stock performance is so poor.


6 posted on 12/09/2010 1:57:26 PM PST by mgstarr ("Some of us drink because we're not poets." Arthur (1981))
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To: mgstarr; TSgt
Apple has never allowed them to sell Apple items on their webpage and Costco didn’t gain distribution rights for the iPad, Costco’s pulling the plug....Them stopping sales of Apple products completely is almost certainly going to be a stinger in Apple’s side.

Welcome to Costco.  I love you.

7 posted on 12/09/2010 2:02:33 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("Posting news feeds, making eyes bleed, he's hated on seven continents")
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To: mgstarr

FWIW.

I went to http://www.samsclub.com/sams/pagedetails/content.jsp?pageName=apple_iPad&?searchCategoryId=all&searchTerm=IPAD&_requestid=30660

Seems you can buy an iPad at Sams. Just not on line.


8 posted on 12/09/2010 2:06:00 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: Alex Murphy

LOL!


9 posted on 12/09/2010 2:10:13 PM PST by Constitution Day
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To: mgstarr

They could have waited a few weeks. I needed to pick up some iTunes cards for Christmas presents.


10 posted on 12/09/2010 2:12:49 PM PST by pikachu (After Monday and Tuesday, even the calender goes W T F !)
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To: MeganC

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.


11 posted on 12/09/2010 2:27:19 PM PST by detch
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To: mgstarr
I'll be buying my Windows Phone 7 from CostCo.
12 posted on 12/09/2010 2:27:19 PM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: MeganC

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?


13 posted on 12/09/2010 2:27:41 PM PST by Gator113 (Sarah Palin can win, and she will win.)
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To: edcoil

>>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.


14 posted on 12/09/2010 2:28:28 PM PST by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: mgstarr

Read this:

http://www.newsmeat.com/billionaire_political_donations/Steve_Jobs.php

And then tell me how great Apple is.


15 posted on 12/09/2010 2:29:15 PM PST by MeganC (January 20, 2013 - President Sarah Palin)
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To: Alex Murphy

Truly a classic movie. And it speaks more of our world today than a lot of people fully grasp.

Oh, and OW! My Balls!


16 posted on 12/09/2010 2:30:21 PM PST by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: mgstarr

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...


17 posted on 12/09/2010 2:30:23 PM PST by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: Gator113

I was 9 years old in most of 2000.


18 posted on 12/09/2010 2:31:54 PM PST by MeganC (January 20, 2013 - President Sarah Palin)
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To: MeganC

wrong.


19 posted on 12/09/2010 2:32:12 PM PST by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: MeganC

Steve is a product genius beyond anyone alive today, but his politics stink.


20 posted on 12/09/2010 2:34:35 PM PST by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: mgstarr

Them not learn good English in Wigwam when child


21 posted on 12/09/2010 2:37:31 PM PST by frogjerk (I believe in unicorns, fairies and pro-life Democrats.)
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To: RoadTest

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.


22 posted on 12/09/2010 2:40:08 PM PST by MeganC (January 20, 2013 - President Sarah Palin)
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To: mgstarr
I have never purchased a single Apple product of any sort that I am aware of.

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?

I don't.

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.

23 posted on 12/09/2010 2:45:42 PM PST by Radix ("..Democrats are holding a meeting today to decide whether to overturn the results of the election.")
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To: MeganC

Really? You sound like a thoughtful person whose opinion I certainly would value. Not.


24 posted on 12/09/2010 3:03:25 PM PST by vortigern
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To: MeganC

“Maybe Apple makes great stuff. Maybe Barbara Streisand makes great movies and great music. Either way, I’m not buying.”

All right.


25 posted on 12/09/2010 3:08:27 PM PST by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: mgstarr

>>>Them stopping sales of Apple products completely is almost certainly going to be a stinger in Apple’s side

They’ll more than make up for it when Verizon gets the iPhone.


26 posted on 12/09/2010 3:10:14 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: MeganC

Do you use Windows?


27 posted on 12/09/2010 3:12:28 PM PST by j.argese (Boycott Nevada.)
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To: mgstarr

Nice to see someone giving the middle finger to the Cupertino Gangtas.


28 posted on 12/09/2010 3:14:02 PM PST by dennisw (- - - -He who does not economize will have to agonize - - - - - Confucius)
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To: Radix
I want to buy things at better prices. That is what capitalism is about.

And Apple is selling iPads as fast as they can make them, at full price. Capitalism is about that, too.

29 posted on 12/09/2010 3:19:25 PM PST by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: RoadTest

I agree totally on both items.

I’d add that his product genius extends to a true vision of where technology is headed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvskEGWMLp4


30 posted on 12/09/2010 3:19:58 PM PST by mgstarr ("Some of us drink because we're not poets." Arthur (1981))
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To: vox_freedom
But Costco is different, and likely wanted to bundle and do other things to make their Apple offerings more competitive.

Yes. A common practice is to throw in a zip case to carry it in.

31 posted on 12/09/2010 3:20:14 PM PST by SeeSac
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To: MeganC

LOL... Okay, but you’re still wrong about Apple products and their sales prove it. I love their products and their service is outstanding.


32 posted on 12/09/2010 3:22:14 PM PST by Gator113 (Sarah Palin can win, and she will win.)
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To: j.argese

Ubuntu


33 posted on 12/09/2010 3:25:25 PM PST by MeganC (January 20, 2013 - President Sarah Palin)
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To: MeganC

Yeah, right. What world do you live in?


34 posted on 12/09/2010 3:26:02 PM PST by Know way (Jesus is the way)
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To: MeganC

Check, just acksin’


35 posted on 12/09/2010 3:37:46 PM PST by j.argese (Boycott Nevada.)
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To: MeganC
The founder of Facebook just gave billions to a leftist pro abortion charity... Click Here Are you going to drop your FB account...
36 posted on 12/09/2010 4:14:28 PM PST by tubebender (If you can not read, this thread will tell you how to get help)
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To: mgstarr; ~Kim4VRWC's~; 1234; 50mm; Abundy; Action-America; acoulterfan; AFreeBird; Airwinger; ...
More commentary on the Costco v, Apple flap... PING!

Please, No Flame Wars!
Discuss technical issues, software, and hardware.
Don't attack people!

Don't respond to the Anti-Apple Thread Trolls!
PLEASE IGNORE THEM!!!


Apple v. Costco Ping!

If you want on or off the Mac Ping List, Freepmail me.

37 posted on 12/09/2010 4:16:39 PM PST by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft product "insult" free zone.)
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To: mgstarr; swordfish
Costco’s 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 Apple’s side.

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.

38 posted on 12/09/2010 4:29:10 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: MamaDearest

I believe Costco will come out the worse for this.


39 posted on 12/09/2010 4:38:14 PM PST by mgstarr ("Some of us drink because we're not poets." Arthur (1981))
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To: MeganC
And then tell me how great Apple is.

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...

40 posted on 12/09/2010 4:45:26 PM PST by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft product "insult" free zone.)
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To: RobRoy
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 WHERE have you been for the last five years?

41 posted on 12/09/2010 4:49:31 PM PST by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft product "insult" free zone.)
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To: Swordmaker

I have my iPod to listen to RUSH after I get home and do my chores...


42 posted on 12/09/2010 4:59:27 PM PST by tubebender (If you can not read, this thread will tell you how to get help)
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To: Swordmaker

>>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. ;)


43 posted on 12/09/2010 5:11:53 PM PST by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: MeganC
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.

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.

44 posted on 12/09/2010 5:15:53 PM PST by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft product "insult" free zone.)
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To: RobRoy
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. ;)

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.

45 posted on 12/09/2010 5:33:55 PM PST by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft product "insult" free zone.)
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To: Swordmaker

>>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.


46 posted on 12/09/2010 5:38:26 PM PST by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: RobRoy

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.


47 posted on 12/09/2010 5:43:20 PM PST by edcoil
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To: Swordmaker

>>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...


48 posted on 12/09/2010 5:46:48 PM PST by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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>>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.


49 posted on 12/09/2010 5:51:02 PM PST by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: Swordmaker

>>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.


50 posted on 12/09/2010 5:52:40 PM PST by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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