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  • Costco Allegedly Angry with Apple and Dropping the iPod



    Costco, the third largest retailer in the US, has been getting a lot of press the last few days over the company's alleged secret feud with Apple. Why the supposed bickering? It's all about the iPad. At a time when the holidays are approaching and the likes of Target, Walmart, Best Buy, and even Sam's Club have been given the green light to stock and sell the iPad, the folks at Costco feel a little left out.

    As a result, Costco executives are said to be fuming and considering dropping the iPod from its electronics inventory in order to "punish" Apple for the shun. The only problem with this accusation is that Costco is yet to formally announce any such plans. It seems the basis for these claims is that Costco recently removed the iPod from the company's online storefront. In addition, "anonymous sources" quoted in various published reports state that all Apple iPods are now being sold without Costco replenishing supplies.

    Although Costco has a history of getting "revenge" on partners who don't play nice - like last year's decision by Coscto to pull the plug on Coca-cola products over a pricing flap - Costco is yet to say a word about its plans to drop or continue to carry the iPod. But at this time it appears that there are no plans in place for Apple to begin allowing Costco to sell the iPad. And that leaves a lot of people scratching their heads.

    iLounge
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Costco Allegedly Angry with Apple and Dropping the iPod started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. Mista Brothason's Avatar
      Mista Brothason -
      Looks like Costco needs a cranberry juice


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    1. Halten77's Avatar
      Halten77 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mista Brothason View Post
      Looks like Costco needs a cranberry juice


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    1. mohaas05's Avatar
      mohaas05 -
      Costco seems to be using dirty business here, trying to bully Apple into bringing the iPad to them.

      But what percentage of iPod sales come from Costco anyways? I don't think it would be a big loss for Apple.
    1. Captinsmooth's Avatar
      Captinsmooth -
      Costco should offer a jailbreaking service to spite apple...lol
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Captinsmooth View Post
      Costco should offer a jailbreaking service to spite apple...lol
      Hahahaha that would be epic! and possibly unlocking service depending on their firmware...hahaha
    1. DisneyRicky's Avatar
      DisneyRicky -
      What percentage of iPods are sold at Costco's?
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by Michael Essany View Post
      Costco, the third largest retailer in the US, has been getting a lot of press the last few days over the company's alleged secret feud with Apple. Why the supposed bickering? It's all about the iPad. At a time when the holidays are approaching and the likes of Target, Walmart, Best Buy, and even Sam's Club have been given the green light to stock and sell the iPad, the folks at Costco feel a little left out.

      As a result, Costco executives are said to be fuming and considering dropping the iPod from its electronics inventory in order to "punish" Apple for the shun. The only problem with this accusation is that Costco is yet to formally announce any such plans. It seems the basis for these claims is that Costco recently removed the iPod from the company's online storefront. In addition, "anonymous sources" quoted in various published reports state that all Apple iPods are now being sold without Costco replenishing supplies.

      Although Costco has a history of getting "revenge" on partners who don't play nice - like last year's decision by Coscto to pull the plug on Coca-cola products over a pricing flap - Costco is yet to say a word about its plans to drop or continue to carry the iPod. But at this time it appears that there are no plans in place for Apple to begin allowing Costco to sell the iPad. And that leaves a lot of people scratching their heads.

      iLounge
      Here is precisely why I hate you as a "journalist." This article nothing but speculation. You constantly supply this site and us, the readers, with rumor based articles that have absolutely no merit to them whatsoever and fail to provide the community with any substance.

      What gets me the most about this specific article is that you start off by saying Costco "has been getting a lot of press the last few days over the company's alleged secret feud with Apple," but your ONLY source is iLounge.com! IMHO, one blogpost from another Apple loving site is far from "a lot of press."

      Please stop writing articles for MMI.
    1. FTN360's Avatar
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    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      Here is precisely why I hate you as a "journalist." This article nothing but speculation. You constantly supply this site and us, the readers, with rumor based articles that have absolutely no merit to them whatsoever and fail to provide the community with any substance.

      What gets me the most about this specific article is that you start off by saying Costco "has been getting a lot of press the last few days over the company's alleged secret feud with Apple," but your ONLY source is iLounge.com! IMHO, one blogpost from another Apple loving site is far from "a lot of press."

      Please stop writing articles for MMI.
      Stop coming to MMI. That sounds better
    1. soulthoughts's Avatar
      soulthoughts -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      Here is precisely why I hate you as a "journalist." This article nothing but speculation. You constantly supply this site and us, the readers, with rumor based articles that have absolutely no merit to them whatsoever and fail to provide the community with any substance.

      What gets me the most about this specific article is that you start off by saying Costco "has been getting a lot of press the last few days over the company's alleged secret feud with Apple," but your ONLY source is iLounge.com! IMHO, one blogpost from another Apple loving site is far from "a lot of press."

      Please stop writing articles for MMI.
      This is why I hate you as a member. You constantly, along with others, whine about the posting of news. Yet if nothing got posted you would would still whine about there being nothing at all.

      If you don't like his journalism do something but I'm sure it's much easier to play arm chair journalist and point out what's wrong as opposed to actually contributing to the news. Many members do it already.

      Stop cluttering threads with why you hate Messany. Just don't read his articles. It's that simple. Many others enjoy the rumors. It's news for us.

      Sac up or shut up.
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      i dont see how is this article related to jailbreaking unlocking or modding iphone ipad ipod or any of such in any possible way. nd who cares about cosco nd apple business how many ppl on this forum actually go to cosco to buy apple product.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by delusion950 View Post
      i dont see how is this article related to jailbreaking unlocking or modding iphone ipad ipod or any of such in any possible way. nd who cares about cosco nd apple business how many ppl on this forum actually go to cosco to buy apple product.
      it's news about apple dooface.
    1. gbarielmoreno's Avatar
      gbarielmoreno -
      Micheal essay always reports a rumor a day after macrumors does the original. Modmyi should hire me. I could just copy a rumor from Macrumors and paste it on modmyi. Micheal be original
    1. jordbrett's Avatar
      jordbrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by delusion950 View Post
      i dont see how is this article related to jailbreaking unlocking or modding iphone ipad ipod or any of such in any possible way. nd who cares about cosco nd apple business how many ppl on this forum actually go to cosco to buy apple product.

      It's not like MMI is a pay service. Once you start being charged, then complain. Until then love it or leave it. MMI will do fine w/o the members that hate the "news" updates or a writers columns. Go read the news on apple.com so it's all official for you.
    1. Aznjonathan23's Avatar
      Aznjonathan23 -
      Costco is best place to buy ipods because of their 90 day return warranty and the ipods in costco are like 20 bucks cheaper and still the exact same as best buy or apple.
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -
      Quote Originally Posted by EskimoRuler View Post
      Stop coming to MMI. That sounds better
      Yeah.... let's not hold the writer to a high standard, simply let him dribble on about things which he can't verify. Sounds like your a sheep that will follow any one any where as long as it's posted on a forum

      Quote Originally Posted by soulthoughts View Post
      This is why I hate you as a member. You constantly, along with others, whine about the posting of news. Yet if nothing got posted you would would still whine about there being nothing at all.
      If you don't like his journalism do something but I'm sure it's much easier to play arm chair journalist and point out what's wrong as opposed to actually contributing to the news. Many members do it already.
      Stop cluttering threads with why you hate Messany. Just don't read his articles. It's that simple. Many others enjoy the rumors. It's news for us.
      Sac up or shut up.
      Another fanboy. this isn't news nimrod, it's speculation. I can start threads speculating anything siting sources that have no clue too. I wouldn't have a problem with the OP's story if he had written it in a way that really pushed the "rumor" side of the story but he doesn't do that. You and the person I quoted above really don't care if there is proof that a story may or may not be true, speculation works just fine I guess.

      Quote Originally Posted by jordbrett View Post
      It's not like MMI is a pay service. Once you start being charged, then complain. Until then love it or leave it. MMI will do fine w/o the members that hate the "news" updates or a writers columns. Go read the news on apple.com so it's all official for you.
      Yeah, don't hold the people that produce "news" on this site to a high standard.... no need for that. Yeah it's not a pay site but every member has the ability and right to voice their opinion.
    1. mADMAN8's Avatar
      mADMAN8 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      Hahahaha that would be epic! and possibly unlocking service depending on their firmware...hahaha
      You just wrote a rant in another news post about people bringing up unlocks and hijacking threads and it being a stupid topic. Everyone can view ur rant in the pwnage tool news above this one!

      Just saying
    1. mADMAN8's Avatar
      mADMAN8 -
      Can the mods just add a rumors and speculations division to the news page so that everyone is happy? I'm a journalist for the Atlanta Journal of Constitution and this is not credible news or backed but it is news worthy speculation and rumor.
      It's not what he wrote about it's how he wrote it. State it as rumor instead of fact and it's all good!

      And guys... Ipads in Taiwan, German phone carriers eating babies, monkeys fornicating with an iPod touch are not about mods and jailbreaks either... It's an interest we inherently have in all stories relating to our hobby or passion or play thing, our idevices. If he was an Anderson Cooper or Dan Rather he would be anywhere but here, earning a buck and a reputation.

      Give him a break, he's young and eager to find you something interesting to read.

      Do not post and drive, just hit a curb. Fact.
    1. vruls's Avatar
      vruls -
      lol yeah, they should offer free jailbreaking and unlocking on the spot, for FREE to spike apple, it would be perfect
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      No Costco,
      It's okay, I can get it from Target, even we can save 5% more if we use the REDcard.....