Get the Apple HomePod for $50 off from Costco

Get the Apple HomePod for $50 off from Costco
In the U.S., Apple's HomePod smart speaker is trying hard to gain traction. Technically, in the U.S. it is the third horse in a two-horse race between category creator Amazon, and Google. One of the reasons is that Apple came late to the dance, with the device launching in February instead of last December when it might have grabbed some holiday sales. Another issue is the price. At $349, the HomePod is a premium priced device. The final issue is Siri. As Google Assistant and Alexa battle for supremacy among virtual digital helpers, Siri struggles to keep up with the pair.

If you won't buy a HomePod for $349, would you buy one for $299? Warehouse membership club Costco has Apple's smart speaker in Space Gray on sale for $50 off (a 14% discount) through the end of this month. There are some caveats. You have to be a Costco member to get the discount. And you must pay $4.99 for shipping and handling. You can save that last fee if your local Costco has the HomePod in stock, so you might want to make that phone call to find out.

The creation of the HomePod reminds us of an NFL powerhouse that is losing to the New York Giants because in two weeks they are playing the Rams. Sure, the HomePod has some attractive features, including the ability to adjust the sound based on the room it is placed in. It just might be that Apple is so focused on Apple Glasses that it didn't really put enough thought into who the typical smart speaker buyer is, and what they are willing to pay for. After all, more than half of Amazon Echo sales come from the low priced Echo Dot, while 40% of Google Home's installed base consists of the Google Home Mini.

If you're interested in buying the HomePod from Costco, visit your local store or click on the sourcelink below. We should tell you that there is a limit of four units per customer.

source: Costco via Macworld

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8 Comments

1. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Considering it was initially sold for $349. And now there is a sale for $299. Still if you want stereo sound, then you have to buy two Homepods. It's still not worth it. If you are thinking of buying two Homepods, then you may as well look at purchasing a much better and less expensive home theater system. Besides you can't play things on your TV with the HomePods like you can with a Google Home Mini or even the higher end versions. Even Roku is partnering up with Google now to put Google Assistant on their Roku's. Hey maybe Apple should do the same with their HomePods. Get some smarts in their so called smartless speaker.

2. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 274; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

I’ve got both a THX 7.1 with Boston Accoustics for my living room and two homepods for my office. They are more than capable of shaking the house and the stereo feature really does make the difference. Plus I can AirPlay 2 and link the systems together so win win.

5. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

So your saying your home theater system supports AirPlay 2, because that's the only way you can connect to the HomePods. The HomePods don't have any external ports, and they don't support Bluetooth or WiFi (regular WiFi). The HomePods only support AirPlay 2. Also you are saying that the HomePods are more than capable of shaking the house is a lie. Oh, wait I take that back because the HomePods are more than enough to shake the tablet they are left on, and even leave perminent marks on your tables. So there is that type of shaking and grinding.

8. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 274; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

What I’m saying is my home theatre is connected to a Apple TV and it can use HomePod as a second place to output the sound. I can control that from either apple remote or my iPhone iPad etc. Pretty much if you don’t own them yourself you are making a statement without backing it up with real life experience.

3. hopper

Posts: 66; Member since: May 08, 2017

Make it not OFF $50 but actual price $50 and will buy it

4. cmdacos

Posts: 3819; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Still would be a no... Siri is too far behind and fake stereo isn't my thing.

6. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I would consider it at 50% off because of the sound quality.

7. gamehead unregistered

Still too much. If I ever get a smart speaker, itll be from Amazon or Google most likely.

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