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Old Feb 26, 2013, 08:49 AM   #1
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Staples Begins Selling Apple Accessories in U.S. Online Store




In line with last week's confirmation from Staples executives, the office supply giant has now begun offering Apple accessories in its U.S. online store. While the chain has long sold Apple products internationally, this marks the first time it has been able to reach an agreement with Apple for U.S. distribution.

Products available through the online store are currently limited to accessories, but do appear to include nearly the full lineup of accessories such as Smart Covers, power adapters, cables, headphones, mice and keyboards. Several more expensive hardware accessories are also available, including the Apple TV, Time Capsules, and AirPort Extreme/Express base stations.

MacRumors heard last month that Staples retail stores in the United States would carry not only accessories but Apple's full lineup of Macs, iPads, and the iPhone 5. We've since heard that Apple's full lineup may be limited to select high-volume Staples retail stores, with rollout tentatively scheduled for late March to accommodate staff training and store setup. We've yet to hear whether Apple accessories have already begun appearing at retail stores alongside today's online store launch.

(Thanks, Magdalena!)

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Old Feb 26, 2013, 08:51 AM   #2
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Same price, different headache.
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Old Feb 26, 2013, 08:53 AM   #3
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Where is the $49.99 Apple TV?
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Old Feb 26, 2013, 08:56 AM   #4
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LOL , Staples Canada has been selling apple junk for the same ridiculous prices for years now
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Old Feb 26, 2013, 08:58 AM   #5
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Oh no

I come here every day in the vain hope of seeing in big type New Mac Pro announced ! I'd settle for 10.9 released to developers or release date fixed for Logic Pro X. Hell, even 10.8.3 is released would improve my mood somewhat.

But alas all I get is stuff like this
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Old Feb 26, 2013, 09:04 AM   #6
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I come here every day in the vain hope of seeing in big type New Mac Pro announced ! I'd settle for 10.9 released to developers or release date fixed for Logic Pro X. Hell, even 10.8.3 is released would improve my mood somewhat.

But alas all I get is stuff like this
I agree. This is page 2 stuff. MacRumors is becoming an RSS feed of Apple news. Where are the cool supply chain leaks for the Mac Pro?
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Old Feb 27, 2013, 08:45 AM   #7
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Where is the $49.99 Apple TV?
patience. staples will slip once more. and this time, they will have stock
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Old Feb 26, 2013, 09:04 AM   #8
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Same price, different headache.
That's it :/ In Canada Staples has been selling Apple stuff for a long time but I've never had a reason to buy my Apple stuff from them (same price etc)
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Old Feb 26, 2013, 09:03 AM   #9
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Why would I buy it online from staples vs online from apple?
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Old Feb 26, 2013, 09:14 AM   #10
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Why would I buy it online from staples vs online from apple?
Staples is a relatively small chain based in Massachusetts. Apple is a gigantic international corporate behemoth.

Spread the wealth.

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I would never purchase accessories from Staples.
Why not?
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Old Feb 26, 2013, 09:17 AM   #11
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Not sure what all the hate is on Staples. I shop there all the time here in Canada and have never had a real problem with them. Sure, they're the same price, so there's no advantage to buying there if I could also buy from the Apple Store or from Best Buy or Future Shop or even Wal-Mart. But I wouldn't go out of my way NOT to buy from Staples.

They do have an annoying tendency to offer great online deals "in theory" only to find that the website shows out of stock -- so much so that the RedFlagDeals.com forum community likes to refer to them as StOOpleS -- but that shouldn't affect Apple product pricing.

But sometimes they have coupons...
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Old Feb 26, 2013, 09:26 AM   #12
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A lot of businesses have accounts with Staples. Most of them don't have accounts with Best Buy or Apple.
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Old Feb 26, 2013, 09:31 AM   #13
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I buy my office's supplies from Apple. I get about 50 bucks a month in "rewards cash". Free Apple accessories for me!
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Old Feb 26, 2013, 09:36 AM   #14
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re: Same price?

Apparently, people aren't familiar with Staples' tendency to hand out discount coupons like candy once you sign up with one of their membership cards?

In the D.C. area, we've got a LOT of Staples stores, so I signed up on their web site. Ever since then, I practically always have a coupon in my email offering me a 20% discount on items I either buy online or in the retail stores.

(They've got an offer going until early March where you get 20% off on every single item you can stuff into a recyclable bag they provide, including clearance items! I think furniture is included too -- even though they know it won't fit in a bag. Maybe you can hang your bag on it or something? Heh.)


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Not sure what all the hate is on Staples. I shop there all the time here in Canada and have never had a real problem with them. Sure, they're the same price, so there's no advantage to buying there if I could also buy from the Apple Store or from Best Buy or Future Shop or even Wal-Mart. But I wouldn't go out of my way NOT to buy from Staples.

They do have an annoying tendency to offer great online deals "in theory" only to find that the website shows out of stock -- so much so that the RedFlagDeals.com forum community likes to refer to them as StOOpleS -- but that shouldn't affect Apple product pricing.

But sometimes they have coupons...
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Old Feb 26, 2013, 09:52 AM   #15
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In the D.C. area, we've got a LOT of Staples stores, so I signed up on their web site. Ever since then, I practically always have a coupon in my email offering me a 20% discount on items I either buy online or in the retail stores.
I don't know what the fine print says in your area, but I get those coupons frequently too and they usually say "not valid on computers, tablets, or e-readers"
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Why would I buy it online from staples vs online from apple?
If you are already buying something from staples, it makes sense to just order everything in one place and save on shipping.
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