Google Shops pop up in BestBuy locations to strengthen Pixel's retail presence

Google, being a consumer electronics company now, is going the whole nine yards. It bought a full front page ad in USA Today and other publications in time for the Pixel launch, and so on. Due to the total dearth of physical stores you can grab the Pixels from, if we don't count Verizon's shops, Google also opened a pop-up store in New York on October 20, to sell all the new and old #madebygoogle products there.

It is not only for sales purposes, though, but actually doubles as a place you would be able to physically examine the gear, and toy around with it before you decide to pull the trigger, and New York is one of the most visible electronics markets in the world, so Google's pop-up store there is certainly a bright idea likely to gather extra publicity for the new products.

The search giant is not stopping here with expansion of its retail presence, though - just like Apple and Samsung, it will have a separate section in BestBuy stores where you can test and buy Google hardware. Called Google Shops, these are starting as a test run in several Canadian locations of the electronics chain, and feature the Pixel phones, Chromecast Ultra, and all the other gizmos that the team at Google now makes with its own bare hands.

source: TechCrunch

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1. hado86

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

The Google roadshow explains the lack of online stock. And sales would be even better with more carrier installment plans

2. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

I think giving Verizon carrier exclusivity for physical sales was a strategic move by Google. Given the fact that Verizon has said they will hardly have a say with updates. In one or two years everyone may have it and not mess with it at all.

3. Rich123

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 30, 2014

What good is a pop-up store if they have no product to sell, specifically 128GB XLs? Verizon website says they ship by 01/06/17. That's like 7 weeks.

5. Sakeem

Posts: 862; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

VZW's ship by gets worse and worse with each passing day. It's crazy.

4. Macbear

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 28, 2016

Was I the only one that noticed that the Chromecasts were listed at $45 instead of $35?

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