I doubt whether some postiers here are capable of rational thinking. Do you even know statistics? Are all of you earning salaries above $40k then?
There are people who would buy a Mac even if they are students, in fact, the winnner of the one billion App Store contest was just a kid who was earning more than likely less than two tho usand dollars a year -- but bought an alumimun Macbook. His Mother does not sound rich, either.Do some of you equate not so rich, or poor people with rednecks? If you do, then you are the either arrogant or stupid. Grow up.
There are rich people and intelligent people even in what you call redneck towns in the United States and other places in the world. Moreover, even "redneck" and poor families can have children who may be more intelligent than many of you here. That is the essence of "genetics", if you do not not have a background in science, or happened to have slept in your science class.
Both the aforementioned groups of individuals could be potential buyers of Apple products, but would never have a chance to be exposed to Apple products because there is no Apple store near them.
Guess what they will grow up with, or what they are forced to buy, in terms of computers? Guess what computers they are likely to use, even if they will become rich or richer than you can ever imagine?
I live in Boston right now, and for the most part that I have lived in the US. However, I lived also in other places, including a place in the South that some people like you here would most likely ask automatically and condescedingly: "Where the hell is that?"
Without a doubt, in this small place in the South, I can claim some of the people I have known there are more rich, and some more educated (or some may even be more intelligent) than some of you will ever be. More than likely, they might have better sense of aesthetic than some of you can ever aspire for. And, yes, in that small city in the South, quite a few people are driving Lexus, and BMW, as well as other high end cars, some own boats, as well as live in gated and exclusive communities. And yet, because of its size, like many small cities and towns in the US or abroad, will never likely be places where Apple will setup a store.
And yes, many of them shops at Waltmart or Walmart owned outlets, like many of the poor people and what you call rednecks. Why? For any number of reasons: Accessibility. Value. Or, it is the only game in town.
Will the presence of Apple products in Walmart increase awareness about Apple and its products? A resounding Yes. It is the only way, apart from advertising, that Apple could ever reach places (and actual people) in the US and abroad where Apple will never ever be.Will it depreciate the brand of Apple by being sold at Walmart? Maybe, maybe not.
It depends on kind of products Apple continue to sell and how it markets and present them. It depends also on how it will relate with Walmart. As pointed out by some posters here who have lived in small towns and cities, it will make a difference to them, because there is no Apple store around.
How many of you in the past posted here that it will be the "end of the world" for Apple if:
- It moved to Intel?
- If it started selling its products at Best Buy stores?
- If Apple did this or that, that you did not like?
It is good Apple does not listen to many of the posters here. To be blunt, I am more afraid of the future of Apple, if indeed some of the posters here represent the "average" Apple user.