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.