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The Loop reports that Apple is planning to cut significant numbers of software titles and peripherals from its retail store sales floors, moving to free up space to accommodate the more extensive Personal Setup service for Macs launched in January.
Among the products that will no longer be displayed in the retail stores are printers, scanners and possible some hard drives. These peripherals will still be stocked in the store and available if a customer requests them.

At the point of sale, the Apple salesperson will still recommend the customer purchase one of those peripherals if they feel it fits in with the customer’s purchase.

According to my sources, Apple is also getting rid of up to 32 game titles from its retail locations. That would reduce the number of games being displayed in the stores to around 8 per store.
We previously reported that Apple is looking to eventually discontinue all boxed software sales from its retail stores in favor of the Mac App Store, and the upcoming changes may be the first step down that road.

Article Link: Apple Cutting Some Software and Peripherals From Retail Store Displays?
 

shartypants

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Makes sense, does anyone ever buy them? Maybe people who just bought a new laptop...
 
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AppleFan360

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Another reason not to go to the Apple store. Every time they cut display items and increase service space, it gives me no reason to go there unless I'm buying a Macbook, iMac, iPhone or other hardware item. Sometimes its fun just to go in and browse. If the store it going to turn into one big customer service help desk, the thrill is gone.
 
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PinkyMacGodess

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Maybe they should just have a menu of what's available.

Although this doesn't seem like a good idea as it may have a negative effect on 'impulse purchases' and the sales people walking the customer by the other goodies they need...

And I think as far as the software, they are pushing their Mac App Store a little to hard a little to fast...
 
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Full of Win

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Ask Apple
What they need is lines like at Disney World that snake around to keep us mind-dead drones in a proper order.
 
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Tailpike1153

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I'm okay with it. I've never bought anything that wasn't produced by Apple at an Apple Store. Online is where I buy my gear. That's just me.
 
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Blacklabel34

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Another reason not to go to the Apple store. Every time they cut display items and increase service space, it gives me no reason to go there unless I'm buying a Macbook, iMac, iPhone or other hardware item. Sometimes its fun just to go in and browse. If the store it going to turn into one big customer service help desk, the thrill is gone.
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Its bad enough that a majority of the store is now a customer service wait room. Now I have no reason to go to the store period. They are removing the whole see it, touch it, experience it.....what's their next step getting rid of the stores and moving everything online?:confused:
 
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scottsjack

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Excellent move on Apple's part.

Sure, non-Apple products are fun to look at an Apple store but who in their right mind would pay Apple Store prices for the stuff?

Pay full pop for Photoshop plus local taxes? No way, B&H online is the place I go. The price difference is even larger for items like external hard drives. Apple might as well get rid of the stuff people aren't likely to buy from them.
 
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seb-opp

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Not sure if cutting down boxed software in store is a good thing just yet, it might bring back that old myth that there's barely any software for the mac, if the stores only sell macs and nothing to run on them. Last time I looked the mac app store is still full of iOS style basic apps with only one or two features, They need to get some more heavyweight titles in there or people may begin to think a Mac is just a glorified iPad.
 
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highdough

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Where will I go for massively overpriced peripherals and accessories? I love Apple Stores, but there's no way I'd buy any non-Apple product there. Not when I can often get it for half the price elsewhere.
 
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lazyrighteye

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Seemed inevitable, really.

Tho it was nice to see things, like laptop bags or iDevice cases in person.
But at the end of the day, I prefer the cleaner shopping experience. It was getting a bit cluttered on the sales floors. And we all know Apple and clutter mix...
 
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tigerphilosophy

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Seemed inevitable, really.

Tho it was nice to see things, like laptop bags or iDevice cases in person.
But at the end of the day, I prefer the cleaner shopping experience. It was getting a bit cluttered on the sales floors. And we all know Apple and clutter mix...

So True! I would imagine Apple has already done research into the customer buying experience and deemed it more profitable to enhance the setup / servicing side over revenue from impulse shoppers. :D

Furthermore, I also imagine they will have some sort of slick Ginormous iPad video touch display for instantly ordering peripheral devices and software... just like the receipt can be emailed to your home, so also the software will be awaiting your arrival home! ;)
 
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Foxer

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While I don't buy peripherals from the store, it was convenient to browse and even see new stuff. Same with software - some of which I have bought from Apple.

Really though, at some point there they have to decide there are already enough MacBook pros out on display for the annoying tweeners to check facebook and look foolish using photobooth (which is the only time I've ever seen that app used.) I won't even go near that place on a weekend -- it's like a zoo.

And I usually have the opposite experience of some of the posters in this forum; I can never get waited on in there. I've stood by a product ready to buy for as long as 15 minutes without any service. I really miss the check out registers.

When I started going to Apple Store in 2002, there was plenty to see besides the Macs. Books, bags, lots of software, harware. Over the years, less and less of it. Now, if there isn't a new Apple product to check out, why go?
 
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Lesser Evets

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I was never sure why so many games and fluff software titles were there. This is a good display move to clean up the store. Almost no one goes there to browse the clunky jumble of peripherals.

Apple stores are high-brow, not the Wal*Mart of computers.

I don't see a lot of people like you in the Apple store.

Thank you for that. It was deserved.
 
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johnnymg

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This is an excellent move by Apple. Retail space is extremely expensive and not used productively when selling nik-nak junk. If you want that sort of crap go down to the MS store.

JohnG
 
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Thunderhawks

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call me old fashioned - when I go to a store, I want to see stuff!

Call me "antique" then , when I go I know exactly what I want and don't even look at other stuff.

Whatever is non Apple, I already bought or checked out online.

Just one example $ 24.00 cable bought on Amazon for $ 3.47 incl. shipping and tax. Works. Check!

The Apple store visit is for me to touch all the items I can't afford and dream:)
 
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