Apple Seeking to Bring Store-Within-a-Store Concept to Sam's Club?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    9to5Mac reports that Apple is in "early discussions" with Sam's Club to bring the Apple store-within-a-store concept to the popular warehouse club chain that operates as a division of Walmart.
    Apple has operated its store-within-a-store concept in partnership with Best Buy for a number of years and appears to be working hard to expand that program with Target confirming a pilot program to bring Apple shops to 25 of its stores and Apple reportedly looking to open a location inside London's famous Harrods department store.

    The scope of any Sam's Club move for Apple seems unclear, as the original report claims that Apple would bring the shops to "the 47 United States retail warehouse chain locations", while Sam's Club actually operates over 600 U.S. stores. The warehouse chain has been a preferred partner for Apple, carrying a number of iPhone, iPad, and iPod models and serving as a launch-day partner for both the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.

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  2. LimeiBook86, Feb 7, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2012

    LimeiBook86 macrumors 604


    May 4, 2002
    Go Vegan
    The last time I saw a Macintosh in Sam's Club was the late 90's when the first models of candy-colored iMac G3 models were in the store. I remember walking up to a Lime and Tangerine iMac boxes and being so excited. We never got one, but I still remember seeing it in the store. :)

    This would be an interesting concept to explore. Sam's Club is known for it's 'club discount' so it would also be interesting to see how cheap they could sell Apple's products for. Probably only a few dollars under the retail price, or by bundling in items. But hey a few bucks is a few bucks...
  3. Rustus Maximus macrumors 6502

    Rustus Maximus

    Jan 15, 2003
    The real question is how are people going to fit those mega-size packs of iPads and iMacs into those shopping carts?
  4. Lesser Evets macrumors 68040

    Lesser Evets

    Jan 7, 2006
    Nice. They already sell the iPod/iPhone stuff there. I think the iPad is there too, along with iTunes gift cards. If they would offer Mac computers there, I'd buy... just to save the $3 or whatever the ridiculous discount is. Apple stuff isn't slashed much at Sam's Awesome Club.
  5. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    yes! bring the non-iOS Mac devices to Sam's Club!
  6. emaja macrumors 68000

    May 3, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    ...and people complain about Best Buy selling Macs? I can't wait for the complaints to start rolling on over customer service from Sam's.
  7. BCurry1 macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2009
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    This would be awesome. I'm in SAMs once a week.
  8. thatisme macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2010
    United States
    The biggest issue I see is that SAM's club doesn't take Credit Cards. They only take Discover and Debit Cards, or their own internal card.... When selling products in the Thousands of dollars, they will be severely limiting individuals by not allowing them to use Credit.
  9. ELMI0001 macrumors 6502


    Jan 5, 2009
    Olympic Hills GC

    The only reason the Lime and Tangerine iMac's were there, as LimeiBook86 stated, is because no one wanted those colors. Back in those days CompUSA was terrible and only had Lime and Tangerine ones, later Circuit City only had the leftover colors no one wanted - Blue Dalmatian anyone?
  10. d21mike macrumors 68030


    Jul 11, 2007
    Torrance, CA
    I believe they take Master Card. Found the following to confirm.

    Payment options
    Sam's Club locations accept Sam's Club and Wal-mart Credit Cards,[21] Discover Card, MasterCard,[22] debit cards (PIN-based, except MasterCard, which also can be signature-based), Wal-mart and Sam's Club gift cards, cash or checks.[23] As of March 2009 EBT SNAP benefits are accepted.[24][25] MasterCard was added as an option on November 9, 2006. Visa credit cards are still not accepted, except at gas stations, because of the high processing fees compared with Wal-mart's discounted rates with Mastercard,[26] although in the past it was accepted during testing periods.[27] However Visa debit cards are accepted at some clubs. American Express is not accepted. Their online website,, accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover Card.[28]
  11. deeddawg macrumors 603

    Jun 14, 2010

    Since when is Discover not a credit card?
  12. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    Will ladies in hair nets be offering free samples of Apple products on the weekends?
  13. PracticalMac macrumors 68030

    Jan 22, 2009
  14. bedifferent macrumors 603


    Jan 8, 2009
  15. Clive At Five macrumors 65816

    Clive At Five

    May 26, 2004
    St. Paul, MN
  16. SKTHEPREZ macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2012
    570, PA
    Not feeling it.

    I'm not really feeling the fact that you can now buy everything at Walmart or Sams/etc. This will eventually lead to death of competition.
  17. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    iToyz here, iToyz there, iToyz everywhere.

    Oh how I miss Apple Computer :eek:
  18. RedRaven571 macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2009
    Perhaps QVC will be next? That can get Noah Wyle to be the 'special guest' to sell them.
  19. MonkeyET macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2009
    Coachella, CA
    I really enjoy my Apple products. Although I appreciate being able to find accessories for them at most places, I do not expect, nor desire, the actual devices to be available at all locations. Part of the appeal is that their presentation is consistent. I don't think licensing so many locations to carry the products keeps them in the appropriate light.

    If I have to take the opposite route, they are integrated into so many people's lives it only makes sense that they be readily available. I still prefer to experience the environment of an Apple store when making a purchase.
  20. cocacolakid macrumors 65816


    Dec 18, 2010
    I just want to see him yell, "YOU'RE STEALING FROM ME!!"
  21. ryanduvall macrumors newbie


    Feb 16, 2012
    New Orleans
  22. Nickt15 macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2012
    IMO, this is a bad idea... Walmart already has their whole electronic department being ran by high school drop outs who dont know the difference between a PCI card vs PCIe.. Given, SAM's might be a little better, is it still a sister company of Walmart... Now, maybe Costco? Every time i stop by there, the workers seem to have some idea of what their selling.... Idk, i hope Apple thinks this one out completely.. You just cant compare the customer service from Apple to SAM's AKA Walmart...
  23. MonkeyET macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2009
    Coachella, CA
    Considering Wal-Mart and Sam's Club are in the same arena, I find it disappointing that Wal-Mart still has iPhone 3GS on displays when that phone isn't even a currently free model.
  24. Alameda macrumors 6502


    Jun 22, 2012
    How many people are going to buy a $1,700, 13" laptop from Sam's Club?

    Apple needs to seriously re-think their sub-$1,000 Mac strategy if they want to sell them in a warehouse store. Otherwise, it will only be phones and iPads.

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