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Old Feb 14, 2013, 11:19 PM   #1
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Staples Executives Confirm Stores Will Begin Selling Apple Products in U.S.




Last month, MacRumors had heard reports that office supply retailer Staples would begin offering Apple products for sale in the United States. Staples already sells Apple products internationally but had been unsuccessful in completing a deal with Apple for the U.S. market.

Tonight, we'd received word that Staples had a meeting today with corporate employees announcing that Apple products were coming to their stores. 9to5Mac has since spotted that Staples executives have taken to Twitter to confirm that a deal with Apple has been finalized and that their stores will begin selling Apple products. Staples Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources confirmed the deal on Twitter (Tweet now deleted).
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After Canada, #Apple products are coming to #Staples in US. Great news!
Other Staples employees also took to Twitter to confirm the news, including Strategic Accounts coordinator Erin LaFlamme and Field Services Manager Mike Goggin.

While there's no mention of what Apple products Staples would carry, MacRumors previously heard in mid-January that Staples would carry Apple's full lineup of Macs, iPads as well as the iPhone 5 in their stores.

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Old Feb 14, 2013, 11:21 PM   #2
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Uh, why would anyone buy  products from Staples unless there's just no other store that sells Apple products nearby? It's not like their customer support is any better than that of Apple's retail stores or Best Buy. It's probably even worse than Walmart's.

Good news anyway.

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Old Feb 14, 2013, 11:23 PM   #3
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Lol. Stapes executives.
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Old Feb 14, 2013, 11:25 PM   #4
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Lol. Stapes executives.
Gets news of Apple products into stores. Posts to Twitter.

Would be a good meme.
Would be a great meme to get brand recognition. One day, Internet memes and pictures with text that utilize them will all die because corporations will use them as advertising... You'll buy a bottle of water with a picture of the @#$% Yeah Guy saying that you made a good choice or something stupid like that. People already misuse memes a lot; imagine what companies would do!
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Old Feb 14, 2013, 11:27 PM   #5
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It's always base model stock with resellers. If you can't BTO then who the hell cares....
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 12:01 AM   #6
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Uh, why would anyone buy  products from Staples unless there's just no other store that sells Apple products nearby? It's not like their customer support is any better than that of Apple's retail stores or Best Buy. It's probably even worse than Walmart's.

Good news anyway.
My experience with Staples has been great so far, normally I never shop at the store. But I bought a iPod Touch 4G from them in 2011, then Diablo III and they priced matched it for me without any hassle or questions.

Generally the pricing at Best Buy & Futureshop is quite high in comparison to other computer stores (Memory Express or Ncix). They charge a premium for the exact same products. So I tend to avoid them unless they price match. My experience with price matching has been a mix bag, half the time they come up with excuses, other times they do it..

So far I'd rather shop at Staples, at least in the area I live. I understand that the experience is different based on the people working there.
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 12:05 AM   #7
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This is good for Apple and Staples, might not seem like it, but staples is one of the biggest office and electronic suppliers in the world, it will mean more sales.

Staples is very good at office supplies, they offer good prices on lots of decent PCs, laptops and desktops, and have far more digital cameras than most stores, and if you ever want to try 100 office chairs and pick the perfect one, well no one else can help you.
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 12:31 AM   #8
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Uh, why would anyone buy  products from Staples unless there's just no other store that sells Apple products nearby? It's not like their customer support is any better than that of Apple's retail stores or Best Buy. It's probably even worse than Walmart's.

Good news anyway.
I would MUCH rather buy an Apple product from a Staples over the lack of service, long lines and general disgust that is your average Walmart and Best Buy...good luck finding ANYONE working the Apple counter at the one near me.

The Staples near me people or kind, the store is big, clean and well stocked and there are always several registers open with short lines...oh and the parking lot is bigger and easier to get in an out of.

Not everyone lives near an Apple store and not everyone wants to shop at Walmart, ESPECIALLY the electronics department, ugh.

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Ok... Just missing Toys R' Us and PetCo and we are set.
It wasn't that long ago that Toys R Us was the go to place for computers and computer related items, them and Sears...especially Sears if you wanted and Apple computer Yep you could get a Mac, new game for your Atari 2600, some Tuff Skin jeans, a set of screw drivers and a new washing machine all in one trip.

I do not get why people still have this elitist attitude about Apple products and where they are sold. Wake up, its the same iPhone regardless of where you bought it and oh, BTW, because you have an iPhone doesn't make you special anymore...my 12 year old son has one too and my 6 year daughter has an iPad....so all you who think you are something special because you use an Apple product, you are in a very BIG group of people.
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I would MUCH rather buy an Apple product from a Staples over the lack of service, long lines and general disgust that is your average Walmart and Best Buy...good luck finding ANYONE working the Apple counter at the one near me.

The Staples near me people or kind, the store is big, clean and well stocked and there are always several registers open with short lines...oh and the parking lot is bigger and easier to get in an out of.

Not everyone lives near an Apple store and not everyone wants to shop at Walmart, ESPECIALLY the electronics department, ugh.

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It wasn't that long ago that Toys R Us was the go to place for computers and computer related items, them and Sears...especially Sears if you wanted and Apple computer Yep you could get a Mac, new game for your Atari 2600, some Tuff Skin jeans, a set of screw drivers and a new washing machine all in one trip.

I do not get why people still have this elitist attitude about Apple products and where they are sold. Wake up, its the same iPhone regardless of where you bought it and oh, BTW, because you have an iPhone doesn't make you special anymore...my 12 year old son has one too and my 6 year daughter has an iPad....so all you who think you are something special because you use an Apple product, you are in a very BIG group of people.

Yes, we are all special because we use Apple products. Because we are the people who understands what it's all about. Because we probably love using them more than anything else in house. This BIG group of people know what they are buying when they walk into a Apple store or Best Buy or Walmart - a amazingly simple and beautiful product.


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Sort of. A lot of us remember when Apple products were sold in outlets like Sears and Circuit City. Or more to the point, not sold. A lot of times the Macs on the shelves were unplugged, missing parts, or totally inoperative. Asking a sales clerk about it typically got you a shrug of indifference. This was the reason why Apple opened their own chain of retail stores, where their products could be presented properly. Selling at Staples might be a good thing for those of us without a nearby Apple Store and who already know what we want, but as Apple grows in popularity they have to be concerned that their product image isn't tarnished by poor showings at these retailers.
Yeah, Apple stores serves a great purpose as a place to discover their products, even if you don't buy them there.

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Uh, why would anyone buy  products from Staples unless there's just no other store that sells Apple products nearby?
Uh... because there are not other stores that sell Apple products nearby? Ya think?

And who cares about the service? Staples is just an outlet. Support is provided by Apple.
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Uh... because there are not other stores that sell Apple products nearby? Ya think?

And who cares about the service? Staples is just an outlet. Support is provided by Apple.
Sort of. A lot of us remember when Apple products were sold in outlets like Sears and Circuit City. Or more to the point, not sold. A lot of times the Macs on the shelves were unplugged, missing parts, or totally inoperative. Asking a sales clerk about it typically got you a shrug of indifference. This was the reason why Apple opened their own chain of retail stores, where their products could be presented properly. Selling at Staples might be a good thing for those of us without a nearby Apple Store and who already know what we want, but as Apple grows in popularity they have to be concerned that their product image isn't tarnished by poor showings at these retailers.
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but as Apple grows in popularity they have to be concerned that their product image isn't tarnished by poor showings at these retailers.
I really don't care about Apple's image. I just want my device - new in box backed by Apple themselves. And the more places I can buy said device, will incite new competition for sellers of that same device.

Some of you people are putting too much emphasis on the Apple's retailers. Again, I couldn't care less who sells it. It all comes from the same place.
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I really don't care about Apple's image. I just want my device - new in box backed by Apple themselves. And the more places I can buy said device, will incite new competition for sellers of that same device.

Some of you people are putting too much emphasis on the Apple's retailers. Again, I couldn't care less who sells it. It all comes from the same place.
You may not care, but Apple does, and some of us people understand why.
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Uh... because there are not other stores that sell Apple products nearby? Ya think?

And who cares about the service? Staples is just an outlet. Support is provided by Apple.
I did say "unless there's just no other store that sells Apple products nearby". There is customer service, the help with selection of your Apple product or help with pickup if it's a large item.
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Walking into a Staples and walking into an Apple store are two very different experiences and I personally prefer the Apple store. You know how crowded Apple stores are even though all they sell are Apple products? Think about going into a Staples, where they'll (presumably) have 2 MacBooks and 2 iPads on display, but just as many people interested in playing with them.
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The only positive here is the wait line for the iPhone 6 should be non-existant at Staples.
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The only positive here is the wait line for the iPhone 6 should be non-existant at Staples.
Because each Staples will be stocked with 2 of each model on launch day..

.. Black only.
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This will be nice. They regularly have $25 off $75 (or so) coupons and exclusions slip by a lot. Got a cheap kindle that way. Cheap Apple TV?
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There are already Apple products in Staples in Canada. It's nothing special.
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Every time I've been to a Staples store in the States, it seems like they've had fewer than three people working in the entire place (although maybe there are some who only work in the storeroom).

The last time, I needed a USB cable. The ONE employee I could find in the place pointed to an aisle that looked like it hadn't been organized for a couple of weeks. There were even products on the floor itself. I did find the cable priced at three times what I would pay for the same thing here in Japan.

I can't imagine having Apple products is going to make the experience of shopping there any less lonely and miserable.
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There are already Apple products in Staples in Canada. It's nothing special.
Exactly. I didn't realize that Staples south of the border DIDN'T carry Apple Stuff. It was the first place I saw an iPad Mini (which is now on my crave list)

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Uh, why would anyone buy  products from Staples unless there's just no other store that sells Apple products nearby? It's not like their customer support is any better than that of Apple's retail stores or Best Buy. It's probably even worse than Walmart's.

Good news anyway.
At least around here Wallmart and Best Buy are at the bottom, the absolute dregs for customer service. I even had one BB clerk tell me that they did not sell iPads and while he was talking I noticed the display on the wall behind him. Best Buy announced earlier this month that they were closing a huge number of Canadian stores due to poor sales, which did not surprise me at all. As far as an Apple Store, it's not an option for me. I live on Vancouver Island. Getting to the Apple Store involves a ferry ride to Vancouver. ~$150 RT on top of the price of whatever I'm buying. It's been a couple of years since I've been in an Apple Store.

I keep wondering why the hell Apple doesn't open a store in Victoria!
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There are already Apple products in Staples in Canada. It's nothing special.
Selling Apple products in Staples is nothing special, or Canada is nothing special?
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Y'all are spoiled children. I remember the days when a broken Powebook charger on a road trip might be a very bad thing if you didn't happen to be staying in the correct city with resellers close by.

I love that every WalMart can replace an iPad cord if I need it. I love that the one time I needed an Apple keyboard late at night the Best Buy was open an hour later than the Apple store at the mall.

I love that I don't have to depend on mail-order or Microcenter to get Apple crap, and I love that things are just getting better and better.

But sure, complain about convenience, I guess. What else is new around here?
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