In Canada? I need your help

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in Mac Software edited January 2014
I've finally got a little pull as to what sort of Mac Software the two largest retailers in Canada carry.



So I'd like your opinion - I've already got the mainstays - Photoshop CS2, Office.



What would you buy?

I think we're putting in an order for Parallels shortly and I know we're looking to bump up our gaming selection. I'm looking for the apps and games that are commonly carried at retail that I might not have thought of.



I'll have the entire building converted yet - doin' it one person at a time

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  • Reply 1 of 12
    Quote:

    Originally posted by grahamw

    I've finally got a little pull as to what sort of Mac Software the two largest retailers in Canada carry.



    So I'd like your opinion - I've already got the mainstays - Photoshop CS2, Office.



    What would you buy?

    I think we're putting in an order for Parallels shortly and I know we're looking to bump up our gaming selection. I'm looking for the apps and games that are commonly carried at retail that I might not have thought of.



    I'll have the entire building converted yet - doin' it one person at a time




    I'll take all the free software you can send eastward.
  • Reply 2 of 12
    pbg4 dudepbg4 dude Posts: 1,611member
    I'm sure you already know this, but you should probably carry Apple software, at least the $300 and under stuff. Not sure if you should or need to carry Final Cut Studio and Logic Pro.



    Can't really think of anything else at the moment. Guess I'm drawing a blank (hmmm, maybe Reason, Ableton Live, Cubase LE).
  • Reply 3 of 12
    jabohnjabohn Posts: 525member
    How about...



    Roxio Toast

    Dreamweaver

    Flash

    Adobe CS2
  • Reply 4 of 12
    grahamwgrahamw Posts: 575member
    We already carry Toast and Photoshop. I'll bring up Flash and Dreamweaver tomorrow.



    We're bringing in a tonne of games in the next few weeks - and it looks like with today's price drop on Shake we might carry that as well. I'm trying to get Aperture brought in, along with Final Cut Express and, with a little luck, some copies of FC Studio.
  • Reply 5 of 12
    frank777frank777 Posts: 5,773member
    BB & FS don't really carry Mac software.

    They just stack 5 random boxes on the shelves hoping no-one will ask for it.



    And because the selection is so poor, no-one ever does.



    Seriously, as a Mac user I only look in those stores for sale items, because its painfully obvious they aren't committed to the platform and I'm not buying a $3000.00 system from a retailer that doesn't really know if they want to carry the product line.



    If you can change that attitude, more power to you.



    With regard to the actual software, I'd say your biggest problem is shelf space.

    Why don't you use the companies' buying power to get more retailers to jump on the small-size package bandwagon?



    Apple has done it for everything but the biggest items in their line.

    And there is no good reason why software like Filemaker Pro needs to come in a large empty box anyway.



    And from here on, you should only order titles that are Universal, with the exception of Office and Adobe CS2.



    Here are my picks:



    Productivity: iWork, MS Office, ThinkFree, Filemaker, .Mac, DayLite.

    Digital Lifestyle: iLife, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Print Shop for Mac, Delicious Library!!!,

    Games: Backyard Soccer, Pool, Flight Simulator, Star Wars?

    Education: Mathematica, World Book Encyclopedia, Instant Immersion (learn various languages) QuickVerse Bible Study

    Prosumer: FInal Cut Express, Aperture, Logic Express and Shake - just because of the price drop and buzz.

    Graphics & Web: Adobe CS3, Freeway Express
  • Reply 6 of 12
    frank777frank777 Posts: 5,773member
    By the way, I'm aware a few of those aren't Universal yet.

    I'm just saying those are areas that should be covered eventually.



    For a full list of Universal software, check out Apple's list.
  • Reply 7 of 12
    grahamwgrahamw Posts: 575member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Frank777

    BB & FS don't really carry Mac software.

    They just stack 5 random boxes on the shelves hoping no-one will ask for it.



    And because the selection is so poor, no-one ever does.



    Seriously, as a Mac user I only look in those stores for sale items, because its painfully obvious they aren't committed to the platform and I'm not buying a $3000.00 system from a retailer that doesn't really know if they want to carry the product line.



    If you can change that attitude, more power to you.



    With regard to the actual software, I'd say your biggest problem is shelf space.

    Why don't you use the companies' buying power to get more retailers to jump on the small-size package bandwagon?



    Apple has done it for everything but the biggest items in their line.

    And there is no good reason why software like Filemaker Pro needs to come in a large empty box anyway.





    It's been an uphill battle. Apple, from what *everyone* tells me, isn't an easy company to deal with (that's coming from the retail side and the manufacturing side). I'm just using my headstrong, optimistic, idealism to see if I can do the legwork myself and push the brand as much as possible. I even went as far as to shoot a training video with my iSight . My mom was very proud.



    It's not malicious - we wouldn't bring a product in and want it to fail - it's just difficult to co-ordinate training, say, a thousand computer associates and three hundred software associates on something they may unfamiliar with. To be frank, it scares the hell out of some of them; they lose their "I've been using this stuff since I was 4" authority - that can be quite emasculating to a geek.



    That being said, we are making progress. Mac sales are good. We've been pushing EVERY vendor towards smaller packaging, but as a Canadian retailer we're 1/10th the size of our American counterparts - getting *French* on the packaging was a chore.



    Thanks for the suggestions folks (Frank, especially, that's quite a list! ) We're looking at doing some mini-sites and some flyer spreads for software over the next little while. Everything that we're bringing in, I'm checking for UB's - the only tough category is games - the catalogue titles haven't got a great track record for being bumped over.



    If there are any more suggestions out there, let me know. I'll post back here when I've got some definitive results.



    Oooh, almost forgot, we're bringing in boxed copies of Parallels shortly - I've been trying to get them to cross merchandise it with the iMac and Windows XP - really do some switcher armtwisting Apple Prevails Citizens!



    edit: I tried to get a few copies of Shake - apparently it's direct sell only now. :-S
  • Reply 8 of 12
    grahamwgrahamw Posts: 575member
    Some fun stuff happened over the weekend. There's new hierarchy for apple software on the website of the store with the big yellow tag - Apple Software, Apple Software - French, Productivity and Utilities.



    Gaming and Educational have also been added, but currently there's no stock (it's coming!)



    I'm in the process of organizing the skus online - I can only see one thing that's out of place right now. Parallels should be online and hopefully in stores by the 28th at the latest. Games are coming within a few weeks.



    Thanks again for the suggestions folks. I'm always open to more suggestions if you've got them.
  • Reply 9 of 12
    Quote:

    Originally posted by grahamw

    Some fun stuff happened over the weekend. There's new hierarchy for apple software on the website of the store with the big yellow tag - Apple Software, Apple Software - French, Productivity and Utilities.



    Gaming and Educational have also been added, but currently there's no stock (it's coming!)



    I'm in the process of organizing the skus online - I can only see one thing that's out of place right now. Parallels should be online and hopefully in stores by the 28th at the latest. Games are coming within a few weeks.



    Thanks again for the suggestions folks. I'm always open to more suggestions if you've got them.




    What will be the C$ retail price of Parallels?
  • Reply 10 of 12
    placeboplacebo Posts: 5,767member
    I went to Montreal from July 5th to the 9th. Great city.
  • Reply 11 of 12
    grahamwgrahamw Posts: 575member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by audiopollution

    What will be the C$ retail price of Parallels?



    I haven't the slightest idea. I don't think it will be far removed from the American price - there's only 10 cents on the dollar now - but don't quote me. Sometimes getting things across the border is more trouble than it's worth
  • Reply 12 of 12
    grahamwgrahamw Posts: 575member
    Some more good news: We're in talks to carry the Slick plug-ins for iMovie from GeeThree. I hope they get the Universal Binary set up soon.
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