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Costco to sell iPod mini bundle for $270

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By Dennis Lloyd

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Published: Monday, September 20, 2004
News Categories: Deals

Costco will begin selling an iPod mini bundle for $269.99 starting October 1. The bundle includes an Apple iPod mini Armband and a gift certificate for 15 songs from the iTunes Music Store. Costco is currently accepting pre-orders on its website with shipping expected to start October 1, 2004. Only Pink, Silver and Blue iPod minis are available.

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1

I was at a Costco Store 9/19/04.  They have the HP IPOD 4G 40gig for $279.

Posted by Rickster on September 20, 2004 at 9:42 AM (PDT)

2

When will they come out with the G2 Mini?

Posted by Scot on September 20, 2004 at 9:54 AM (PDT)

3

hey rickster. may I ask what part of the world you are in? I checked my costco (Billings, MT) on the 19th and had no luck.

Posted by brent on September 20, 2004 at 10:21 AM (PDT)

4

Checked mine today in Port CHester, NY.  They’ve got the HPs.  But why?  THe price is the only difference.  Oh, plus compatibility with HP products, which could be good. 

Posted by Zach on September 20, 2004 at 10:43 AM (PDT)

5

Where in the world do u see 4G 40 gig on the link? All ipods are 4 gig mini not 4th Generation 40 gig ipods.
THis is a ri off
Staples has 20 gig HP ipod for about 200 after price match.

Posted by Boola on September 20, 2004 at 10:56 AM (PDT)

6

what!!!

Posted by aNONAMOUS on September 20, 2004 at 11:08 AM (PDT)

7

whoah, what city do you live in rickster?

Posted by bah bah on September 20, 2004 at 11:32 AM (PDT)

8

No kidding.  Grow up, kids.

Posted by seandavid010 in So Cal on September 20, 2004 at 2:16 PM (PDT)

9

ok i just got back from costco (billings, MT) with the 40 gig hp ipod. It was $379 which makes alot more sense.  It is the same as the apple ipod but with an hp logo on the back. I am pumped!

And the best part is I can return it in a year or two for cash and get the new hotness whatever it will be. Costco Rocks!!!

Posted by brent on September 20, 2004 at 4:28 PM (PDT)

10

I doubt that the standard return policy at Costco will allow the return of an iPod.  Most likely, the iPod falls under the “Computer Hardware” portion of their return policy posted at their locations.

Posted by Bill on September 20, 2004 at 7:08 PM (PDT)

11

This always happens with whatever I buy.  I get it the day it comes out, then a month later Costco gets it and bundles it with tons of sweet stuff for pennies above retail of the unit itself.

Happend with my PS1/PS2/Xbox/gameboy

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! when will I learn to wait for costco!

Posted by typical on September 20, 2004 at 7:16 PM (PDT)

12

Yes, the Costco 40 Gig price is $379… $279 was a huge dream.

And yes, the iPod is considered under the computer return policy… 6 months.

Posted by dede on September 20, 2004 at 8:01 PM (PDT)

13

The Costco by me had 50x 40 gig iPod+hp last week. Today, they were down to 15. The floor manager said they were going like hotcakes when I picked mine up.

Posted by Josh on September 20, 2004 at 8:06 PM (PDT)

14

Gee, and you don’t even have to buy them in a six-pack…

Posted by By george on September 20, 2004 at 8:27 PM (PDT)

15

who are you supposed to pricematch for $200?

Posted by deisied on September 20, 2004 at 9:49 PM (PDT)

16

If the armband and iTMS songs are included for free, keeping the retail price as $249, it would be a much better deal.

Posted by yawn on September 21, 2004 at 9:48 AM (PDT)

17

gee…ya think?

Posted by adrenaline on September 21, 2004 at 10:41 AM (PDT)

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“Effective November 4th, 2002, Costco Wholesale’s desktop and notebook computer return policy is six-months from the date of purchase. After six-months from the date of purchase, all service and technical support will be subject to the applicable remaining manufacturers’ warranty.”

Anyway, I am pretty sure that you get the normal warrenty for the ipod at costco.  A buddy of mine called and said that it did not fall under the computer hardware 6 month term.  Search some forums at fatwallet for costco and ipod and you should find the same thing stated.  This makes it a pretty good deal if you can return the player in a year or 2 if something goes wrong! =)

Posted by markyymark on September 21, 2004 at 6:09 PM (PDT)

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Seems there is confusion over the return policy. When I picked up mine… one of the floor managers said the iPod is considered a computer and is therefor under the 6 month return policy.

However, the worker of the electronics booth (where you pick up your purchase), said the iPod is not a computer. He said that if it had been 6 months, a little return policy notification prints up on the bottom of the reciept.

Posted by Josh on September 22, 2004 at 7:35 AM (PDT)

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I work at Costco and will say that I am 99% sure that it doesn’t fall under our Computer Policy. Reason being is that we have the RCA 1.5 GB MP3 and it’s not considered a computer. The best way to tell, if someone reading this has purchased one is at the bottom of the receipt. If it prints our Computer policy, then it does. If not, you’re all set. And you might also want to know that it also includes the docking station.

Posted by Mark on September 23, 2004 at 7:28 PM (PDT)

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