Target to Sell iPods

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ThinkSecret reports that iPods will be sold at Target stores nationally.

Apple had recently expanded its iPod sales to BestBuy stores, and according to this report Apple will announce before Nov 3rd, that Target will begin to sell iPods.

One reader who works at Target had sent in confirmation that iPod displays have already arrived at one Target store.
 

ennerseed

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Not selling the Macintosh vesrion!

A guy walks into Target "see, nothing is made for the Macintosh... even Apple products".
 

medea

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One of our Targets actually sells some Macintosh games, only like 7 or 8 of em but......I'd much rather buy my iPod from Target then Best Buy, the other day I was just looking around at Best Buy and I picked up the iPod box and one of the Best Buy guys actually tried to convince me that the Rio was a better product and the iPod "would probably break down after a few months just like macintosh computers do..." (at which point I just laughed and walked away.) I also have a Target Credit Card so I'll get a percentage off.......
In the end I think it's great that Apple is increasing the stores that will sell their product, they should just boycott Circuit City since they decided they didn't want to sell Apple Computers any more.
 

railthinner

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The thought of them only selling the windows version makes my stomach turn........ (maybe it's this coffee.) An accomplishment would be if they were selling ibooks at Target.
 

djniche

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Originally posted by medea
One of our Targets actually sells some Macintosh games, only like 7 or 8 of em but......I'd much rather buy my iPod from Target then Best Buy, the other day I was just looking around at Best Buy and I picked up the iPod box and one of the Best Buy guys actually tried to convince me that the Rio was a better product and the iPod "would probably break down after a few months just like macintosh computers do..." (at which point I just laughed and walked away.) I also have a Target Credit Card so I'll get a percentage off.......
In the end I think it's great that Apple is increasing the stores that will sell their product, they should just boycott Circuit City since they decided they didn't want to sell Apple Computers any more.
Having bought certain thing in bestbuy, I can say that their consumer policies are way of target. No consumer service whatsoever. So I wouldnt buy my next ipod from bestbuy that's for sure. I'm in the market for another ipod a 20 or 10g but will be bought in the apple store or maybe the target stores.
 

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Originally posted by railthinner
The thought of them only selling the windows version makes my stomach turn........ (maybe it's this coffee.) An accomplishment would be if they were selling ibooks at Target.
They're not going to have both versions???

That would be a mistake, I think. :eek:
 

Rajj

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Target?? :confused: I’m glad to see that Apple is expanding their market base…but Target??
I think Apple should expand their market to Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club, not Target!!!
 

chromos

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Originally posted by xrhajj
Target?? :confused: I’m glad to see that Apple is expanding their market base…but Target??
I think Apple should expand their market to Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club, not Target!!!
What's wrong with Target? I love it... It also has hip advertising and doesn't use a stupid bouncing happy face. :rolleyes:
 

Rajj

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Originally posted by chromos


What's wrong with Target? I love it... It also has hip advertising and doesn't use a stupid bouncing happy face. :rolleyes:
There is nothing wrong with Target……I just think if Apple is going to go that route, (Super Department Stores) they should go to Wal-Mart, because they have a bigger client base!!! (Mo’, Mo’ Mo’ Money!!);) :p :rolleyes:
 

drastik

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Taget rocks, I buy half my crap there, its cheap enough to let buy the other half in really nice places.

As for the Windows version, wqell, they decided to do this, so they are going to do it all the way, might as well make the bucks.
 

MacBandit

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Originally posted by xrhajj
Target?? :confused: I’m glad to see that Apple is expanding their market base…but Target??
I think Apple should expand their market to Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club, not Target!!!
Oh, God not Wal-Mart. Anything but Wal-Mart. White trash-Mart.

Anyway rangting over. I don't see a problem with them selling only the Windows version of the iPod at Target or anywhere for that matter. They may lose some advertising by not having the Apple version there. What's cool about the Windows-iPod is it works with Macs also not reformat or anything needed. Just plug it in and iTunes pops up like it's suppose to. The advantage of the Windows-iPod is it will work with a PC as a hard drive. So you can use it to transfer your files from a PC to a Mac and back again. This is added functionality since the Mac-iPod only works with Macs.
 

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Originally posted by xrhajj
Target?? :confused: I’m glad to see that Apple is expanding their market base…but Target??
I think Apple should expand their market to Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club, not Target!!!
Target has a better target customer (pun intended). Every time I walk into Walmart, I feel like I am in Arkansas during a NASCAR meet. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but people at Walmart might not understand why a music doohickey costs 399, when they can get a walkman for 9.99.
 

MacBandit

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Originally posted by zarathustra


Target has a better target customer (pun intended). Every time I walk into Walmart, I feel like I am in Arkansas during a NASCAR meet. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but people at Walmart might not understand why a music doohickey costs 399, when they can get a walkman for 9.99.
Hahahahahaha :D :) :D :) :p :D

Very good.
 

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woah, I must have missed the part about only selling the Windows version, how are you going to carry a product made by Apple and neglect Apple's consumer base???? :mad:
I think it's a big mistake.

[edit] oh and I hate Walmart, you ever see the people that work in the Electronics dept there?? scary. :eek: [edit]
 

MacBandit

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Originally posted by medea
woah, I must have missed the part about only selling the Windows version, how are you going to carry a product made by Apple and neglect Apple's consumer base????
I think it's a big mistake.
Read my previous post about this. They are not neglecting the Apple consumers at all. The Windows iPod works with a Mac just the way a Mac-iPod does no changes needed. It also adds some functionality in that it is compatible with a PC also.
 

medea

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Originally posted by MacBandit


Read my previous post about this. They are not neglecting the Apple consumers at all. The Windows iPod works with a Mac just the way a Mac-iPod does no changes needed. It also adds some functionality in that it is compatible with a PC also.
This is very true, but Apple still sells two versions for a reason and though it might not be a big deal a lot of people might have a problem with having to buy the windows version there. If it works the same way then I gues I personally won't mind that much though.:rolleyes:

[edit]oh and the post below me makes a good point, I usually do buy straight from Apple and online at that[edit]
 

chromos

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Originally posted by medea
woah, I must have missed the part about only selling the Windows version, how are you going to carry a product made by Apple and neglect Apple's consumer base???? :mad:
I think it's a big mistake.
I think that Apple's Mac base is used to buying their stuff through mailorder, and now through the retail Apple Stores. I for one am not used to buying Apple stuff at my local Tarzhay, so I don't feel like Apple is neglecting me with this move.
 

Rajj

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Originally posted by zarathustra


Target has a better target customer (pun intended). Every time I walk into Walmart, I feel like I am in Arkansas during a NASCAR meet. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but people at Walmart might not understand why a music doohickey costs 399, when they can get a walkman for 9.99.
I guess it depends on where you live.
Here on the West coast the people at Wal-Mart are a bit knowledgeable (at least the one’s I’ve been to). And as for white trash….you have that everywhere!!:p ;)
 

fixyourthinking

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The true story behind No Macs at Best Buy Circuit City

No one really ever posted to any Mac forum (besides me) the true reason Macs do not exist in Circuit City, Sears, or Best Buy. It was NEVER the store or the chain's fault! Apple hired a marketting company called MarketSource that was VERY incompetant in training & merchandising. They are still used for CompUSA in most cases. ONLY the stores that have a "Mac Guy", an Apple Paid Employee in the store, or a great manager, who loves Macs, have a great Apple Display/Customer Experience. The Marketsource Reps are wannabes who feed customers rumors & misinformation because they are simply Mac Addicts or enthusiasts; not knowledgeable in training, personal relations, merchandising, or even a REAL JOB! Heck, I know one Marketsource Rep that shows up drunk to his Rep work for Apple/CompUSA. I worked for Marketsource at one point, in a "round about" way. I filled in for missing or no show Reps around the Southeast. Each store I went to Demo Days for, I spent 2/3 of the day straightening the departments & merchandising the Apple Areas + putting things where they belonged with the right prices, etc etc. This was the JOB OF the Apple Power Reps that were suppose to be representing Apple!!!


On topic: I think it's great to get a nudge into new areas. Walmart used to sell the 500 series PowerBooks and the Apple Stylewriters + some 630 636 Macs/Performas. Once Apple has it's foot in the door, maybe it will be able to sell other items soon, even if only in select locations.
 

Edot

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Why Target?

I believe that Apple hired one of Targets employees, or commissioned him/her, for their own apple stores. Maybe this is why they chose target? I don't know all the details about the person that apple hired, but I am pretty sure they were from Target. However, if they were a ex-employee then this wouldn't make much sense. Then again this could have no relation whatsoever. Just a thought:)
 

MacBandit

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Originally posted by xrhajj


I guess it depends on where you live.
Here on the West coast the people at Wal-Mart are a bit knowledgeable (at least the one’s I’ve been to). And as for white trash….you have that everywhere!!:p ;)
Well here in Eugene on the West Coast the people that go to Wal-Mart can be spotted by how many teeth they have and how big there truck is.
 
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