Costco Preparing to Begin Selling iPhone and iPad as iTunes Store Gift Cards Return [Updated]

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Back in late 2010, Apple and warehouse club chain Costco parted ways, ending a relationship that had seen Costco carrying iPods and iTunes Store gift cards. The two companies now appear to have patched up their differences, reaching an agreement that will see the second largest retailer in the U.S. begin carrying the iPhone and cellular iPads through its wireless kiosks.

    The news comes via an email from Dan Brettler, founder and CEO of Car Toys and its Wireless Advocates subsidiary, which handles wireless sales for Costco. The email was sent to Wireless Advocates employees, notifying them of the new partnership.
    In his email, Brettler acknowledges that there is still "much backend work and physical kiosk work" to be done before Costco stores can begin selling iPhones and iPads, and he does not provide a timeline for the start of sales. He does, however, promise to keep employees updated as the project moves forward.

    Beyond iPhone and iPad, several Twitter users have reported yesterday and today that Costco has once again begun selling iTunes Store gift cards. This is likely separate from the hardware partnership with Wireless Advocates but part of the broader agreement between Apple and Costco, with the gift card portion moving forward on a faster timeline due to the ease of rollout.

    Update 9:09 PM: We've heard that additional Apple products such as iPods and Wi-Fi iPad Airs have begun appearing in Costco's internal inventory systems.

    Article Link: Costco Preparing to Begin Selling iPhone and iPad as iTunes Store Gift Cards Return [Updated]
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2008
    Northern Va
    Is there any advantage to buying an Apple product at Costco? Do I get 500 rolls of toilet paper for free or something?
  3. macrumors 68000


    Mar 17, 2010
    Planet Earth
    No, but you can pick up and all beef hotdog and soda for $1.50 while you're there.
  4. macrumors 68000

    Feb 9, 2014
    I love TP SO MUCH!!! I would totally buy all Appleware there if it came with free TP!!!
  5. macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2013
    I worship Costco but I can't imagine them having a large presence in cellphone retail
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2008
    Northern Va
    I prefer their churros, but they are a good deal.
  7. macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2006
    Yesterday, I saw an iTunes gift card display at the front of the Novato, CA store with an employee promoting it. "We have iTunes gift cards." $94.99 for $100 gift cards. Not the best promo out there.

    But I remember thinking, hell must have frozen over between Costco and Apple.

    Apparently it has.
  8. macrumors 68020


    Dec 9, 2008
    Daaaaaaaawwwww, I wanted Costco to make their own budget electronics as alternatives… those always work so well…

  9. macrumors member


    May 23, 2010
    On an active volcano
    Nice! While I eat the free food samples, I get to look at Apple products. This will indeed help me to kill more time while the wife shops at Costco.
  10. macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2011
    I believe you get your activation fee back if you buy and activate at Costco;)
    One advantage
  11. macrumors 6502

    Mr. G4

    Mar 29, 2002
    Rohnert Park, CA
  12. macrumors 68040


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    I can't even remember why they broke up in the first place.

    I do recall Costco kicking Coke out a few years back, when not agreeing on paying a higher price.
  13. macrumors 6502


    Oct 9, 2008
    YES, how about the FREE extra year warranty on ALL electronics?
  14. macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2010
    If I recall correctly, the breakup was reported to be about Costco selling Apple products with a discount, or a least a bigger discount than Apple wanted in major retail. Even then, the discount would be like $20 on a $200 iPod.
  15. macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2006
    And, if I recall, they were upset that Sam's Club got to sell the iPhone.
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2011
    Does their "return with no questions asked" policy apply to phones?

    I know the return period is shorter for electronic devices. I had a coffee maker crap out 4 months after I bought it from Costco, they took it back, no questions. I would buy anything I needed from them.
  17. macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2009
    Aye I did the the same with a blender 8 months later that I could no longer remove the blade from after 3 uses (and yes, I cleaned it each time!)

    The return policy site states:
    "We guarantee your satisfaction on every product we sell with a full refund. The following must be returned within 90 days of purchase for a refund: televisions, projectors, computers, cameras, camcorders, touch screen tablets, MP3 players and cellular phones."

    Also on top of any deals you also get a smooth 1% back if you're an executive member, so that pays for child's seat worth of hot dogs on the way out.
  18. macrumors 68030

    Mar 30, 2004
    I believe you also get 90-day return on the phone, but the service agreement cannot be nullified without paying early termination fee.

    And generally speaking, the phone is few dollars cheaper than carrier's price, enough to pay for $1.50 hotdogs.
  19. macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2012
    Better return policy than Apple Store?
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2011
    Thanks Deelron. I will definitely be checking out the iPhone 6 at Costco. 3 months is definitely better than Apple's 2 week (I think) return policy!
  21. macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2009
    Np. Sadly if I recall they used to use the same policy for everything but the returns on electronics got abused pretty royally.
  22. macrumors 65816


    Dec 21, 2011
    I can see Puget Sound from here
  23. macrumors 603


    Aug 3, 2006
    It's a 2% reward now.
  24. macrumors 65816

    Aug 9, 2008
    Does Costco only sell under contract phones at subsidized prices, or will they sell device only devices? Can you buy a Samsung phone from them at a no contract price now?

    Also what are "embedded" iPads? Haven't heard that term before. Is that iPads that are on post-paid service? If so it seems like this is a bid to get the devices in their mobile kiosks within the stores rather than just available in the general store for cash and carry. They used to sell the iPod this way, but that has pretty much gone away as a category.
  25. macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2003
    San Francisco
    Yeah it did. My roommate in college returned his mom's 4 year old laptop for a full refund and then bought the newest model they had. Also had another friend return a TV 3 years later and do the same thing.

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