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Wal-Mart now selling iPod minis

CNET News.com is reporting that select Wal-Mart stores have begun selling Apple’s iPod mini. Wal-Mart is selling the device in a “limited number of stores,” a representative for the discount chain said Monday.

Apple’s iPod is currently being sold at a large number of retailers, including CompUSA, Target, Best Buy, and Circuit City. Thanks to the company’s partnership with Hewlett-Packard, the HP-branded iPod is offered in chains such as Office Depot, Radio Shack, and Staples.

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1

Since I think December (maybe November) Shopko stores were selling ipod minis. They even had them on sale for $244 just before Chrristmas.

Posted by CanofAir on January 31, 2005 at 6:46 PM (PDT)

2

I sure hope Walmart doesn’t start controlling Apple’s iPod sales and manufacturing.

Posted by TennBikeBerk on January 31, 2005 at 7:13 PM (PDT)

3

They’ve been selling ipods for quite a while now.

Posted by justblaize on January 31, 2005 at 9:32 PM (PDT)

4

“I sure hope Walmart doesn’t start controlling Apple’s iPod sales and manufacturing.”

Fat chance, though Apple is already manufacturing iPods in Asia (Wal*Mart’s absolutely favorite place to buy from, it seems).  Apple needs Wal*Mart a lot less than Wal*Mart needs Apple in order to compete with the likes of Target, Kroger-branded chains, and others.  Shame (for Wal*Mart, that is) that the digital music Wal*Mart peddles is useless for all those iPods they also want to sell.

The iPod brand being far and above the top dog…Apple can dictate the terms.  Even to a pushy company like Wal*Mart.

Posted by flatline response on February 1, 2005 at 12:46 AM (PDT)

5

“Apple needs Wal*Mart a lot less than Wal*Mart needs Apple in order to compete with the likes of Target, Kroger-branded chains, and others. “

You must not no much about the retail business.  Wal-Mart doesn’t need anyone.  Apple would be foolish not to try to get their products into their stores.

Posted by mgbrown66 in USA on February 1, 2005 at 5:21 AM (PDT)

6

“The iPod brand being far and above the top dog…Apple can dictate the terms. Even to a pushy company like Wal*Mart.”

You obviously know nothing about Walmart.  They control all of their suppliers.  It’s amazing how they make or break small manufacturing companies at a whim. 

Granted, the iPod is in a different space because there is just one supplier, but still, Walmart has more control than you may think.

Posted by m. sherman in Northern VA on February 1, 2005 at 6:12 AM (PDT)

7

To m. sherman you listen.  WalMart is one scary beast.  Apple is peanuts compared to WalMart.  It’s freakin amazing what they do.

Posted by mgbrown66 in USA on February 1, 2005 at 6:21 AM (PDT)

8

WAAAAHHH! JIHAD ON WALMART!

Seriously, though. I won’t shop at Wal Mart.

Posted by Asher in Oakland, CA on February 1, 2005 at 6:33 AM (PDT)

9

No question, the Wal-Mart Outlet would be good for Apple’s bottom line.  But, the Wal-Mart shopper is more price sensitive than style conscious.  The only issue I see is if Apple could prevent Wal-Mart from putting th iPod on sale, which they have pretty much prevented most retailers from doing. (A few $$ here and there , but not much.)  Apple does not need Wal-Mart, but would be a great way to get iPods and Mac Minis (if they go that route) to the masses…..  Remember, the only reason Apple is not as successful as Microsoft is that they prevented Clones and thus stunted 3rd party development for the volume that likely would have followed.  I don’t think anyone thinks Windows is better, just less expensive and more than most people need….

Posted by AndyDK in USA on February 1, 2005 at 8:43 AM (PDT)

10

my local stereo equipment store (stereo advantage) has had the minis since about a month after they came out. whats the big deal? besides, how many people who shap at walmart ae gonna buy one anyways, u dont throw down $300 at walmart on one purchase, its just not that kind of store

Posted by benjammin on February 1, 2005 at 11:42 AM (PDT)

11

Though I worry Apple may be cheapening its image, I’m sure plenty of people will buy them there, just like anywhere else.  And though I don’t think either really “needs” the other, I do find it interesting that WalMart would sell a device not compatible with their own music store.

Posted by purplestallion in Dallas, Texas on February 1, 2005 at 12:41 PM (PDT)

12

Goddammit, WalMart is hurting the world, may it have a slow, painfull death, just like the slave labor in India and other places are experenceing. I really dont like how apple is supporting them.

Posted by Viper_Viper in In the US on February 1, 2005 at 2:15 PM (PDT)

13

To mgbrown66:  At least I KNOW how to spell ‘know’.

Again, the iPod brand has over 90% of the harddrive player market.  Wal*Mart has NO CHOICE but to agree to Apple’s terms if they want to sell the iPod.  What other HD-based device currently on the market can mount ANY sort of legit competition if Wal*Mart threatened to go elsewhere?  It’s largely agreed that Creative is second in the market, but their Zens only amount to distant 5-6% of HD-based sales, and despite its ongoing improvements, the Zen brand still is seen as “not an iPod”.

Even if you factor in flash units, the iPod brand still controls over 60% of the marketplace.  And now that the Shuffle has gone live, most observers and analysts feel that percentage will only grow, with or without Wal*Mart.

Also keep in mind the cliente who shops at Wal*Mart.  Most aren’t purposely going there to drop a couple of C-notes and change on a portable music player.  If Wal*Mart can’t discount, then what’s the advantage of shoving elbows with the lady fighting over laundry detergent or the geezer looking for a sale price on his favorite box of crackers, just to buy an iPod that you could buy anywhere else for pretty much the SAME price?

Now, that’s what I know about retailing…care to enlighten me on what OTHER strategic advantages W*M brings to Apple’s table, other than giving them more outlets to sell their goods?

Posted by flatline response on February 1, 2005 at 8:47 PM (PDT)

14

To mgbrown66 (pt. 2):  Furthermore, for W*M to have any leverage with in dealing and manipulating Apple, they have to have something that Apple needs or depends on.  I haven’t been to too many Wal*Marts, but other than the iPod, what other Apple-branded product does W*M sell?  None?  So I guess any threat about not ordering any more iMacs or PowerMacs if W*M doesn’t get iPods at a price they like won’t hold any water either, will it? 

Apple indeed does hold all the cards with the iPod; fact is, Cupercino, if they wanted to, COULD go as far as to insist to Wal*Mart (or any other retailer wanting the iPod) that they start selling Apple computers if they want the iPod (highly unlikely, though; even Apple isn’t that crazy to dullute and pollute their ‘special’ computer side of things with a big-box, vanilla variety store retailer like W*M, at least not yet given their lowly percentage of the PC market).

THAT’S how powerful the iPod brand has become, like it or not.  That’s the reality of the digital player marketplace.  Wal*Mart, at least for now (and I believe for a long time to come) has to play by the maker’s rules on this one.

Posted by flatline response on February 1, 2005 at 9:14 PM (PDT)

15

Without being snobby I am worried about deterioration of the iPod brands image if WM are selling it along with the bananas.

Posted by mac daddy in United Kingdom on February 23, 2005 at 5:54 AM (PDT)

16

Personally, I dont think it’s a good idea to sell iPod’s at Wal Mart because the Apple iPod Mini™ (4g) is currently the hardest Apple™ item to find on the market. Also, seeing the price and all, they should be sold at more upperclass stores. I wouldn’t wanna buy my iPod at a store where I could, but dont, but my socks in the next isle. Bad Idea I Think.

Posted by Recycled™ on May 23, 2005 at 11:03 AM (PDT)

17

Ok Just to say something else, why in the world would I want to buy my iPod at a freaking department store?! Ok that’s it for now. *cough*

Posted by Recycled™ on May 23, 2005 at 11:09 AM (PDT)

18

Well walmart does have control on apple.
It sells all ipods cheaper than any other store including apple store.
FYI apple store refurbished ipods vs walmart new ipods are $ 9 - 10 bucks different.
LOL

Posted by Jacob on May 18, 2010 at 11:39 AM (PDT)

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