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MacRumors
Jun 30, 2003, 01:48 PM
Early reports indicate that BestBuy will carry (almost) a full line of hardware, including 17" LCD, 12" PowerBook, 15" PowerBook, 17" iMac, 15" iMac, eMac, 12" iBook, PowerMac G4 1.25. Notably absent are the high end configurations of the 17" PowerBook and G5 PowerMacs.

Obviously, stock/inventories may change by launch day.



Pete_Hoover
Jun 30, 2003, 01:48 PM
cool.

jxyama
Jun 30, 2003, 01:51 PM
i sure hope best buy won't do apple products tremendous disservice and hide these products at the knee level, locked behind cages like they did with ipods.

i've been to three or four best buys near my town and ipods are nowhere to be seen. unless you went specifically looking for one, you'd never find it. such is not the best way to sell the best mp3 player on market.

Jerry Spoon
Jun 30, 2003, 01:55 PM
I know that people were moaning about best buy, but people go in there to spend money, otherwise they wouldn't carry all of those huge tv's. I'm looking forward to seeing the macs (and someone who knows something about them) there soon!

bignumbers
Jun 30, 2003, 01:58 PM
Doesn't surprise me the high-end models are "missing" since Best Buy is a consumer store. (I think they could do well with the 17" PB since it's so cool looking, but Best Buy is so darned formulaic with everything they do they probably didn't consider something antimathematical like "cool" and just looked at cost.)

Hopefully it'll work out, and they won't disappear again soon. BB's stocking practices have always been quite odd.

scem0
Jun 30, 2003, 02:06 PM
welll that's good, but why not carry the G5?

Oh, right... it would hurt PC sales. :rolleyes: ;)

scem0

Freg3000
Jun 30, 2003, 02:07 PM
Sounds good to me. Apple needs exposure. If you are Joe PC, how in world is it possible for you to see the beauty of OS X? He isn't going to walk into an Apple store, because he has been taught to think macs and slow and stupid. He can't see OS X in TV commercials because Apple has not (never, I think) shown what OS X looks like in their ads. So how does he see it?

He walks into best buy looking for a stereo.....and HELLO!

"Oh, wow, this iMac ain't to bad. Cool, this iMovie thing is really cool. So this is a Mac?"

Mr. Anderson
Jun 30, 2003, 02:21 PM
It will be nice seeing Mac Software on the shelves again....we'll see how this all works out, though.

D

iJon
Jun 30, 2003, 02:22 PM
this is good news, powermacs are more high end computers and they need specialists to sit down and talk with them about a purchase because there is a great deal in software that could easily go along with this purchase, i hope the abscense of the powermac is true.

iJon

RHutch
Jun 30, 2003, 02:24 PM
The more stores Macs can be seen in, the better. I went looking for a Mac when I bought my first because I knew that's what I wanted. Most people aren't going to be that way, so Macs have to be placed where people will see them.

I know I looked at a Mac in a Circuit City store about 6 years ago. Does Circuit City still carry them? If not, any word on an arrangement like those with CompUSA and Best Buy?

iJon
Jun 30, 2003, 02:27 PM
Originally posted by RHutch
The more stores Macs can be seen in, the better. I went looking for a Mac when I bought my first because I knew that's what I wanted. Most people aren't going to be that way, so Macs have to be placed where people will see them.

I know I looked at a Mac in a Circuit City store about 6 years ago. Does Circuit City still carry them? If not, any word on an arrangement like those with CompUSA and Best Buy?
no circuit does not carry them anymore because they were neglected and sucked at it, compusa sells them but we dont know about agreements with best buy, this is why its on the rumor page. i remember walking into circuit well after 10.1 was released and it was running 10.0.4 with an imovie 1 demo, well after imovie 2 was out.

iJon

jxyama
Jun 30, 2003, 03:15 PM
will best buy offer applecare or best buy protection plan or both?

if applecare is offered, will they offer protection plan on that? :D

iJon
Jun 30, 2003, 03:16 PM
ive been wondering that too as well. i would say no but that is just my guess. does anyone know if circuit city or best buy back in the day could sell theres along with the imacs.

iJon

Macpoops
Jun 30, 2003, 03:22 PM
I just hope the agreement with best buy is widespread and requires specially trained personel the last thing i want is to see a beautiful imac and some pimply faced ******* explaining how they aren't compatable with anything and are slow yada yada yada

cubist
Jun 30, 2003, 03:53 PM
Alienware has a very nice display at the Best Buy near me. Those machines are weird-looking and expensive.

But I'm not fond of Best Buy. There is no help to be found, nobody in there knows anything except how to push, push, push Best Buy's expensive add-on warranties, and on top of that, the prices are not even very good. Some items are outrageously expensive, in fact.

In the meantime, the place is roaringly loud as teenagers trash all the machines on display.

KEL9000
Jun 30, 2003, 04:46 PM
without apple specialists salespeople will steer people away from macs, to something they know more about. they need to have apple trained sales staff to support the sales.

Pete_Hoover
Jun 30, 2003, 06:08 PM
It's too bad they aren't selling the top-of-the-line machines. Atleast they will have most machines in there. Maybe Apple will gain more switchers.

tazo
Jun 30, 2003, 06:21 PM
hey that means I can play with an ibook somewhere closer then bellevue sq.

mtuTopHat
Jun 30, 2003, 06:24 PM
Does anyone have an expected date on this? I hope it's soon!
Do you think that employees of Best Buy can get discounts?
Did anyone else check the Best Buy web-site and see that it's temporarily unavailable?

iJon
Jun 30, 2003, 06:54 PM
Originally posted by Pete_Hoover
It's too bad they aren't selling the top-of-the-line machines. Atleast they will have most machines in there. Maybe Apple will gain more switchers.
thats a good thing. when apple sells these powermacs they have to have specialists to sit down with them, certified people, not just apple salesman. there is alot of potential high end software that could walk out the door with this machine. you need people how can tell you and show you logic, final cut, dvd studio pro, photoshop and so on. apple has never let the retail stores like best buy and them sell the top end machiens, and its probably for the best.

iJon

MetallicPenguin
Jun 30, 2003, 08:24 PM
I really hope Apple gets into these Best Buy's...so I can correct the people. yeah, let's all go over to the PC department and ask where the Macs are, and if they can show us where (not just point to a corner), and then tell us what the speed difference is and which compares better and such, and then start correcting him and stuff:p

arnette
Jun 30, 2003, 08:57 PM
Don't get too excited, Best Buy just recently gave their website a face-lift. It was online earlier today but was slow as molasses. I'm GLAD it's offline right now... they need to fix it up a bit. And I didn't see any Apple laptops on there when I was paroosing.

mislabeledstar
Jun 30, 2003, 08:57 PM
all i have to say is that this has the possibility of being a wise move as long as apple have their own people in store to work the department. sadly best buy employees will not promote apple in a good way (unless you happen to have an apple fanatic in the departemtn). i hope this pans out well

Wonder Boy
Jun 30, 2003, 09:38 PM
So if I wanted a job as an apple person at best buy, should i go to best buy, an apple store, or online?

MY 100th Post! Am I due for an upgrade it status?

raeingoth
Jun 30, 2003, 09:40 PM
Originally posted by cubist
Alienware has a very nice display at the Best Buy near me. Those machines are weird-looking and expensive.

Actually, Alienware is pulling out of Best Buy. Not sure if it was because of who's fault but soon you will not find them at your local store.

iJon
Jun 30, 2003, 09:42 PM
Originally posted by raeingoth
Actually, Alienware is pulling out of Best Buy. Not sure if it was because of who's fault but soon you will not find them at your local store.
wow, thats interesting. im curious why too. do you know if best buy serviced these machines (although i would never trust best buy fixing anything of mine) or did they ship them off.

iJon

raeingoth
Jun 30, 2003, 09:43 PM
Originally posted by Wonder Boy
So if I wanted a job as an apple person at best buy, should i go to best buy, an apple store, or online?

Not through Best Buy, BB doesn't handle the hiring (or management/payroll) of any manufacturer reps... Probably Apple once it starts unless they hire their reps out through a secondary company.

raeingoth
Jun 30, 2003, 09:47 PM
Originally posted by iJon
wow, thats interesting. im curious why too. do you know if best buy serviced these machines (although i would never trust best buy fixing anything of mine) or did they ship them off.

As far as I know the Techs did do some work on them (at least at the stores I've worked at), though not all. My guess is that Alienware was getting little representation probably (hrmmm... never any Alienware reps... very high-end machines... no outside training... yeah) and wanted to sever ties. That or Best Buy wasn't making enough profit off the machines, though they are custom built so I dare say that can't be the case.

Wonder Boy
Jun 30, 2003, 09:57 PM
Originally posted by raeingoth
Not through Best Buy, BB doesn't handle the hiring (or management/payroll) of any manufacturer reps... Probably Apple once it starts unless they hire their reps out through a secondary company.

That's what i thought, thank you.

donigian
Jun 30, 2003, 11:00 PM
This is great news for Apple. It will definately help increase their marketshare if they have lil' Apple Stores within the Best Buy like in CompUSA. Apple people have to help sell the Macs; otherwise, PC people will steer everyone away.

tazo
Jul 1, 2003, 03:17 AM
where macs should really go is costco. people already go in there and buy a thousand dollars worth of stuff. they have a big computer section there, and with ****ty hp systems in the same price range as a imac, i think apple could do well.

just my 2.5 cents

e-coli
Jul 1, 2003, 09:47 AM
Originally posted by tazo
where macs should really go is costco. people already go in there and buy a thousand dollars worth of stuff. they have a big computer section there, and with ****ty hp systems in the same price range as a imac, i think apple could do well.

just my 2.5 cents

That would severely undermine the Apple brand. Putting Apple products in a warehouse shrine to consumerism would make the products seem cheap.

That will never happen.

cubist
Jul 1, 2003, 01:57 PM
Originally posted by e-coli
That would severely undermine the Apple brand. Putting Apple products in a warehouse shrine to consumerism would make the products seem cheap.

That will never happen.

My local Costco used to have CRT iMacs.

iJon
Jul 1, 2003, 01:58 PM
Originally posted by cubist
My local Costco used to have CRT iMacs.
just like circuit city, best buy, and sears. hmmm, lets think why they are not there anymore.

iJon

fred_garvin
Jul 1, 2003, 03:27 PM
That would severely undermine the Apple brand. Putting Apple products in a warehouse shrine to consumerism would make the products seem cheap.

eMacs are cheap, and a $999 iBook is cheap too. My local costco had a $30k car for sale on display at the front. They have better quality products than target or walmart. At the least, Costco should stock iPods.

Mr. G4
Jul 1, 2003, 08:29 PM
Originally posted by e-coli
That would severely undermine the Apple brand. Putting Apple products in a warehouse shrine to consumerism would make the products seem cheap.

That will never happen.

Actually, they used to sell iMac (Ctr), and haven't seen them ever since. I think it's because of Apple pricing policy, where they forced everyone to sell at the same price. :mad:

iJon
Jul 1, 2003, 08:54 PM
Originally posted by Mr. G4
Actually, they used to sell iMac (Ctr), and haven't seen them ever since. I think it's because of Apple pricing policy, where they forced everyone to sell at the same price. :mad:
not its because best buy didnt want to carry all of apples imac colors.

iJon

bcsimac
Jul 2, 2003, 10:09 AM
I won't hold my breathe, but I do hope it works out. Apple does need the exposure. However, the wrong exposure is bad; and Apple does not need that. Apple needs positive exposure and positive sales......not negative exposure and negative sales. Just because Apple supplies a sales person doesn't mean that sales person knows a darn thing about Macs. I know...I have trained an Apple supplied sales employee back in 2001 when Apple decided to supply sales staff to CompUSA. I had to train somebody who literally had never used a Mac until Apple gave him an iBook when he went to Cupertino for his introductory training. The guy was totally clueless, but he did want to learn so I will give him that much credit. He wanted to learn...thats more than I can say out of the average pc sales guy who ususally says Macs suck or Apple sucks or Steve Jobs is a big head or whatever word you wanted to use. The point is don't think for a second that because Apple supplied a sales person that the person is trained and qualified because he may not be. Lucky for Apple, they got free training for the guy they supplied to the CompUSA store I worked at because I trained him myself.

Ikash
Jul 2, 2003, 02:10 PM
there should be a rule where no bestbuy employee can tough the apple comptuers cuz they don't know much as it is anyways let alone another sys. specially those Micro$oft terrorist who would try to mess the macs up

brandon_deal
Jul 2, 2003, 02:36 PM
i wnoder why they wont carry the 17" powerbook?

iJon
Jul 2, 2003, 05:53 PM
Originally posted by brandon_deal
i wnoder why they wont carry the 17" powerbook?
read some of my posts above, i explain it there. but basically its like the powermac. its a pro machine and lots of potential high software could walk about the door with this laptop and apple doesnt like big retail chains blowing that. its always been like this.

iJon

PyroTurtle
Jul 3, 2003, 12:07 PM
hmmm, computers to the masses, could of sworn i've never head that from an apple computer empolyee...oh, wait, they coined the term? interesting...

Centris 650
Jul 3, 2003, 06:39 PM
Originally posted by mtuTopHat
Does anyone have an expected date on this? I hope it's soon!
Do you think that employees of Best Buy can get discounts?
Did anyone else check the Best Buy web-site and see that it's temporarily unavailable?

My question exactly! Anyone have any idea of when? I'll buy my G5 this winter at the Apple store in Atlanta but my next iBook (I've got a 466 right now) will probably come from Best Buy...if they are still selling them. The Atlanta AS is 4 hours away and BB is only 30 minutes. Plus my relatives like to give me BB gift cards for my birthday and Christmas. I could get an iBook fairly cheap.