Costco to stop selling Apple products

At Costco’s earnings call last week the wholesale retailer reported a strong quarter, gaining strength even during the recession. However the big news of the day was the confirmation that the retail giant will be ending their partnership with Apple. The split is apparently a mutual agreement between the two companies.

The split makes sense from the perspective of both companies.  Costco’s business model is selling bulk products at a cheap price and presentation of the products isn’t a very high priority. Apple is on the other side of the spectrum where style and image is paramount and the price tag follows that image. The two models don’t meld together very well, even though Costco’s direct competitor, Sam’s Club, still has a strong relationship with Apple.

Costco was also playing at a disadvantage compared to its competitors.  Whereas stores like Walmart are able to sell the products on their website, Costco’s site lists only the 4th generation iPod Touch for sale on their site and only at a slight discount.  Competitors may not always be able to ship directly to the customer (as in the case of Walmart and the iPad), but at least the products are prominently displayed on the site.

In the long run will the average Costco consumer even realize that Apple products are no longer available from the warehouse? It’s doubtful that the move will have an impact on either company.

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My dad bought Quicken 2009 from Costco after Microsoft announced EOL Of Money 2008, could not figure out how to use the product, and did not like the product either, so he took it back 2 Costco and they gave him a Full Refund! He now uses the Sunset Version of Money 2008 instead.

Costco did this a while ago, at least in my area....at least a month ago the local stores all dropped every apple product.

well glad another place is not gonna sell apple garbage, if apple want to sell products then lower your damn prices so you are willing to compete and to be fair which apple are not known for being. i have drove by costo's but never went in because i went elsewhere. sides costo will do better now that fugly apple is not around.

Apple don't like people seeing computers near theirs for half the price lol
It shows how overpriced they are.....

my local walmarts stopped selling iPod's and other apple products recently, starting to see an odd trend... buy from Apple and no where else

neufuse said,
my local walmarts stopped selling iPod's and other apple products recently, starting to see an odd trend... buy from Apple and no where else

As I mentioned the last time you talked about this, it must just be certain areas where they are doing that, because all of the ones in my area are still selling Apple products.

roadwarrior said,

As I mentioned the last time you talked about this, it must just be certain areas where they are doing that, because all of the ones in my area are still selling Apple products.

Yes, I know products can be regional, but I am just saying its an odd trend

No more iPod's at my local Costco.

Guess what took it's place?

Zune HD's I would have taken a picture if I had one on me...

Costco already have removed all their Apple products from their stores since a week here in Montreal, Canada.

The truth is Apple is ****ed that Costco sell things at a low price. They demeaned that they raise the prices to the 'correct levels' or else. Costco management to them to kiss off, that they were going to keep sell what they have. My favorite was the ITune Cards, $100 worth of cards for $79.

That's why people like your friend made Costco put their foot down because of people abusing their gracious return policy. They do look into your membership and see how many things you've returned.

John S. said,
Never seen a Costco, I've always ordered directly from Apple

Seen a warehouse? You've pretty much seen Costco, not missing much haha

Alladaskill said,

Seen a warehouse? You've pretty much seen Costco, not missing much haha

Not true. He's missing being able to walk into the warehouse, get lunch for free off of samples, and walk out.

smartin0115 said,

Not true. He's missing being able to walk into the warehouse, get lunch for free off of samples, and walk out.

Yeah...Costco has more samples than Sam's. Too bad Sam's is closer. :-\

1WayJonny said,
Yea I had a friend who took back TV's every six months for a new model, nothing was ever asked.

It's that kind of person that is ruining Costco's return policy.

1WayJonny said,
Yea I had a friend who took back TV's every six months for a new model, nothing was ever asked.
what? you can actually do that? that is amazing, thanks for teaching me this, i really really appreciate this , time to renew my expired Costco membership and give this theory a try .

Costco is the last place I think to buy a computer, so I don't mind this move.

They have amazing chicken bake's though.

autobon said,
Costco is the last place I think to buy a computer, so I don't mind this move.

They have amazing chicken bake's though.

Yeah but at Costco you could buy a computer, throw it your swimming pool and take it back with no questions asked.

autobon said,
Costco is the last place I think to buy a computer, so I don't mind this move.

They have amazing chicken bake's though.

Oh god the chicken bakes... *drool*

sask said,

Yeah but at Costco you could buy a computer, throw it your swimming pool and take it back with no questions asked.

Indeed their return policy cannot be beat! Skip Best Buy and their extended warranty.

autobon said,
Costco is the last place I think to buy a computer, so I don't mind this move.

They have amazing chicken bake's though.

Well, I myself enjoy looking at the computer section(s) at Costco myself.

autobon said,
Costco is the last place I think to buy a computer, so I don't mind this move.

They have amazing chicken bake's though.


The muffins is where it's at! They're huge, and come in pack of 12.

revvo said,

The muffins is where it's at! They're huge, and come in pack of 12.
Mmm, double chocolate muffins from Costco.

autobon said,
Costco is the last place I think to buy a computer, so I don't mind this move.

They have amazing chicken bake's though.

I'm a fan of Black and White cookies myself... you can get packs of 36 or so. I also love samples at Costco... I got a whole plate of pasta once!

autobon said,
Costco is the last place I think to buy a computer, so I don't mind this move.

They have amazing chicken bake's though.

disagree. costco's computers are ok. I would buy at costco over bestbuy.

sask said,

Yeah but at Costco you could buy a computer, throw it your swimming pool and take it back with no questions asked.

I put mine in the microwave

autobon said,
Costco is the last place I think to buy a computer, so I don't mind this move.

They have amazing chicken bake's though.

Kirkland and Costco make my life.

You should try the meatball bakes too.

smartin0115 said,

Kirkland and Costco make my life.

You should try the meatball bakes too.

hahah .. i was going to go on the kirkland diet.. try to save some money