Costco to stop offering Apple iPhone and iPod?
While other discount stores have received inventory of the Apple iPad to sell to customers during this upcoming holiday season, Costco has been shut out. And while the retailer feels that the guys at Cupertino are acting like Scrooge, it doesn't mean that Costco is not above seeking revenge.
The snubbed retailer is said to have removed the Apple iPod from its online website and is only offering third party accessories for the device. In the store, the chain will sell through its current inventory but has no plans to replenish its stock. And while the Apple iPhone is not as widely available in the U.S. locations, it can be found in Costco's Canadian stores and there is some speculation that the handset has been pulled along with all other Apple branded products in the U.S and Canada. The story making the rounds is that following an emergency company conference, any inventory with an Apple logo was removed from kiosks and warehouses.
Costco has apparently pulled this stunt before, treating Coca-Cola the same way after a dispute with the soft-drink manufacturer last year. Somehow, we don't think that Apple will bat an eye over the potential loss of Costco shoppers-not when there are over 80 million Verizon customers holding their breath for the latest "Apple iPhone coming to Big Red" rumor.
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1. Trafficdude (unregistered)
Oh my gosh!! A retailer actually DOESN'T care what Apple thinks? There's a twist! Wonder if it will make a difference for future Apple items, just like the Great Coke debacle.
2. Ashnnat (unregistered)
Think of the children!
3. John T (unregistered)
First of all Coke was selling its product to other retailers at a lower price even though Costco was selling more. That's called taking advantage and sticking it to your largest account. Apple will definately feel the pain from this. It will feel this at Christmas time as Apple IPOD at Costco is big seller due the great price they offer. I love to see Costco standing up to these guys. They try run them over but in the end Costco wants to give the consumer the best price and this is beneficial to all perties involved.
4. natalia (unregistered)
my birthday is in 14 days (december 15) and if Costco doesn't start selling Apple products soon, ill be the biggest loer in 7th grade cuz i wont hav an iPod Touch! its not fair that this had to happen near my birthday!!!!!!!!