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Costco to resume selling iPads, iPhones June 27, report claims

updated 02:29 am EDT, Fri June 20, 2014

Cellular kiosks will carry both, ending Samsung tablet monopoly

As previously reported, Apple and warehouse seller Costco have worked out their differences, with iTunes gift cards already returning to the chain, and the return of iPads and iPhones to the company's cellular kiosks promised. A new report claims that the iOS devices will return in just over a week, making their new debut on June 27. The claim does not clarify if iPads will be sold only through the retailer's cellular kiosks, or will fight Samsung directly for floor space in the electronics section.



Depending on the arrangement, Costco may display Wi-Fi only iPads in the area of the stores reserved for electronics, usually dominated by Samsung tablets, with the 3G and LTE-capable cellular models sold through the wireless kiosks alongside the iPhone. Another option could be that Costco will only be carrying the iOS hardware at its kiosks, selling only cellular-capable versions. The report also raises the possibility that the iPod touch or the Apple TV may, in time, come to the big-box retailer as well.

If the June 27 date is correct, early hints of the return could pop up in Costco's flyers, which usually appear a few days ahead of their appearance in stores thanks to leaks on bargain-hunting sites. Costco has been enthusiastic about the return of Apple products to the company in its memos to employees, and will undoubtedly promote the "new" products appearing in their stores as is customary.



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  1. SMacSteve

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    Joined: 08-21-01

    Does anyone know the real reason that Costco and Apple quit doing business in the first place? I'd always assumed it had to do with Costco's ridiculously liberal return policy. Apple is known for (or perhaps once was) not taking it's products back from vendors except for rare occasions.

  1. prl99

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    Joined: 03-24-09

    @SMacSteve I remember it having to do with Costco's demands to undersell Apple's "suggested" price. It used to be nobody sold Apple products for less than Apple did but now they're being sold at discounts all over the place so this might have let Costco back into the game. I just hope Costco carries a consistent variety of products instead of only selling what they can get a good deal on (like almost everything else in the store).

  1. climacs

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    Joined: 09-06-01

    yes, it was pricing-related if I recall correctly, I don't remember the return policy having anything to do with it.

  1. rjdude

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    The spat was due to the release of the second generation iPad, and It wasn't as much about the pricing. Apple wanted dedicated or prime floor retail space ("kiosk") and Costco refused. I'm sure there were other issues (like having exclusive sales versus Best Buy and Walmart) because when the first generation was released, it was only available from Apple directly. Now Apple might just get the kiosks it wanted all along. Quite a few years of significant missed sales!

  1. akent35

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    Joined: 12-17-13

    Originally Posted by rjdudeView Post

    The spat was due to the release of the second generation iPad, and It wasn't as much about the pricing. Apple wanted dedicated or prime floor retail space ("kiosk") and Costco refused. I'm sure there were other issues (like having exclusive sales versus Best Buy and Walmart) because when the first generation was released, it was only available from Apple directly. Now Apple might just get the kiosks it wanted all along. Quite a few years of significant missed sales!



    I am a member of Costco, and I hope it means lower prices. Not sure, though, how price competitive Costco can be against Best Buy and Walmart. I did get a real good deal at Best Buy on Columbus Day with my MacBook 13" Air (256 gig SSD). It was $200 off Apple's list price of $1299 (when I saw it on Best Buy's site, and then went into a local Best Buy to purchase it, the staff were surprised at the price, as they had it at $1234 (had been that same price for quite a while), but they honored it). The sale lasted only one day, and until somewhat recently, I never saw it for that low a price again (even on so-called Black Friday).

    Best Buy has one of the best price matching policies, including price matching with some on-line retailers (Newegg, B&H, Amazon (with some restrictions), etc.). I did get them to price match an item on Costco's site, so if, for example, an iPad is priced somewhat good at Costco, Best Buy will most likely match it.

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