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Apple expands Best Buy presence

updated 10:35 pm EDT, Wed May 31, 2006

Apple at Best Buy

Apple is looking to reach to out to more consumers with an expanded presence at the nation's largest consumer electronics retailer, Best Buy. The increased presence includes more prominent dsplay of Apple's latest Intel-based Macs, including MacBooks, MacBook Pro's, Mac mini's, and iMacs, according to CNET Current Analysis analyst Samir Bhavnani notes that while Best Buy has been selling Apple's popular iPod music players and Mac Minis for some time, the latest move represents a major expansion of Apple's retail efforts. The anlayst said that Apple is prepping for for the back-to-school shopping season, which is considered to be the second-busiest period of the year for the PC industry. Bhavnani also said that "the move also shows that Apple is very confident about the inventory situation regarding its new Intel-based products."

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  1. TailsToo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    How many times does Best Buy have to s**** this up before Apple learns that Best Buy cannot sell Macs?

  1. antibstby




    Tailstoo hit the nail on the head! These guys really suck at supporting the iPod as it is. How do I know, because of actual experience. Their own sales staff try to steer customers away from the iPod (overheard when standing next to a sales associate and a potential buyer.

    Buyers better read the fine print to Best Buy's extended warranty! Go their for Apple service and they'll just direct you to your nearest Apple Store. I will always buy direct from Apple. Apple online purchase if no retail store near me.

  1. chotty

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: ??!!!

    Agreed, I have seen the same thing happen. "Saleskid" tryed to get two couples to buy a SamSung MP3 player instead of iPod, even told them iTunes was a "Subscription service". - That's when i jumped in and set them (and him) straight. ;-) Of course, the kid was MADE to do this by a "higher up". I hate scummy corporations...

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    you guys are whack

    Both our Best Buys have great iPod folks who don't encourage the use of the other services. I think that given the Mac can run Windows, the in-store unit will probably be dual-bootable, when the customer sees that it'll be hard NOT to justify the extra cost (??????????) and all they need is a $129 copy of Windows, which they'll gladly sell you along with a Performance Service Plan and a bunch of cables, ink, and a printer...

  1. mouseketter

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I do not understand

    tailstoo is right. The relationship between Apple and Best Buy is wretched. And yet the deal with CompUSA is pretty good. So why not strengthen the relationship with CompUSA and tell Best Buy to kiss off.

  1. gurman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How many stores?

    mousketeer asked, "So why not strengthen the relationship with CompUSA and tell Best Buy to kiss off[?]"

    CompUSA = 240 stores in the US Best Buy = > 1100 stores in the US

    You may live near a CompUSA, but I (in a Washington DC suburb) have to drive half an hour when the traffic is good to get to one. The nearest Best Buy is 15 minutes (max) away, and no one ever discouraged me from buying iPods or anything else there.

  1. benhur

    Joined: Dec 1969


    why the whining?

    Best Buy is where I bought my iPod and the sales staff love the iPod. When I asked about the new iPod Hi Fi the sales guy pulled his iPod out of his pocket to show me how it worked. Besides, the Best Buy extended warranty is way better than the Apple one. I've had my iPod battery replaced for free and on a different occasion had my head phones replaced. No hassle at all.

    What's with the attitude towards Best Buy? I understand they don't know squat about Macs but I remember Comp USA did a crappy job too at one point.

    If this relationship is going to work then it's up to Apple to have either a person on site or do some serious training and not just expect to sell macs by having them in the store.

    Let's hope that happens because there are a heck of a lot more Best Buy stores out there than Apple Stores. It would be great to sell a computer to a guy who came in to buy an Plasma TV or a video camera, etc. A lot more potential customers with this partnership.

  1. chriz




    Honestly, it's not that I don't like BestBuy and other company like that, but why not buy your Apple's stuff directly from Apple instead of another company if you pay the same price?

    BestBuy, FutureShop and others just sells... They don't know s*** about their products. They don't care about you at ALL...

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