Apple Watch to be sold at Best Buy on Aug. 7

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  • Reply 21 of 55
    maestro64maestro64 Posts: 5,043member
    Not that I shop much in best buy but I have two with in 10 minutes of me verses the two Apple stores which are buried in the middle of a mall and take 30 minutes to get to then you have to deal with the mall people. You have to remember many people do not have an Apple store near them so Apple needs to do this. Best buy is the better option than a target or Wal-Mart at this point those places come along later.
  • Reply 22 of 55
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    maestro64 wrote: »
    Not that I shop much in best buy but I have two with in 10 minutes of me verses the two Apple stores which are buried in the middle of a mall and take 30 minutes to get to then you have to deal with the mall people. You have to remember many people do not have an Apple store near them so Apple needs to do this. Best buy is the better option than a target or Wal-Mart at this point those places come along later.

    I saw a comment on another site that said this shows desperation on Apple's part. I'm not sure why. Best Buy sells almost every other Apple product, why not ?Watch? The Sport Watch starts at $349. Nothing high-end/luxury about that price point. Many Apple stores in the U.S. are located in shopping malls. Nothing high-end about that either. Sure Apple is pushing both tech and fashion angle. But I'm not sure why the fashion angle precludes Apple from selling at Best Buy or means that Apple is positioning this as a luxury only product. Like I said, I doubt many would consider $349 to be a luxury price point.
  • Reply 23 of 55
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    sog35 wrote: »
    Can't believe how obessed you are about what the media thinks.

    They don't matter.  Their opinion is worth less than toilet paper with dung on it.  I have no idea why you keep mentioned this in every single thread about any new Apple product.

    You're nuts if you think the media doesn't matter. The world is full of low information people who believe anything they read. And yes some of them, perhaps many of them are Apple customers.
  • Reply 24 of 55
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,757member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Rogifan View Post





    I saw a comment on another site that said this shows desperation on Apple's part. I'm not sure why. Best Buy sells almost every other Apple product, why not ?Watch? The Sport Watch starts at $349. Nothing high-end/luxury about that price point. Many Apple stores in the U.S. are located in shopping malls. Nothing high-end about that either. Sure Apple is pushing both tech and fashion angle. But I'm not sure why the fashion angle precludes Apple from selling at Best Buy or means that Apple is positioning this as a luxury only product. Like I said, I doubt many would consider $349 to be a luxury price point.



    If the company producing the most successful wearable on the planet, having sold more than the competition combined in a ridiculously infinitesimal timeframe (that for the moment escapes me), and with a dominant customer satisfaction rating, is "desperate"....  just imagine the market condition in which all the other wearable purveyors currently find themselves.

     

    The only "collapse" that's going on is happening outside of Cupertino. 

     

    Apple singlehandedly iPhone'd the entire wearables space. 

  • Reply 25 of 55
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,757member

    Macs have always been "fashionable" (on top of everything else that they are), and have been sold at Best Buy for as long as I can remember. I bought an iMac from there in April 2006. 

     

    Selling the Apple watch at Best Buy isn't really newsworthy. It's just a natural extension of retail. 

  • Reply 26 of 55
    danielswdanielsw Posts: 906member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Rogifan View Post





    You're nuts if you think the media doesn't matter. The world is full of low information people who believe anything they read. And yes some of them, perhaps many of them are Apple customers.



    I only read some of your thousands of posts, so I don't know if you bought an Apple Watch. Probably not, judging by all your ranting. But YOU'RE nuts if you think the media matters, and if you're swayed by anything you read or hear from it. Use your OWN perceptions, or learn to do so, so that you can avail yourself of more of the goodness of Apple products.

  • Reply 27 of 55
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    quadra 610 wrote: »
    Macs have always been "fashionable" (on top of everything else that they are), and have been sold at Best Buy for as long as I can remember. I bought an iMac from there in April 2006. 

    Selling the Apple watch at Best Buy isn't really newsworthy. It's just a natural extension of retail. 

    Case in point: the new MacBook. And it's sold at Best Buy.
  • Reply 28 of 55
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    danielsw wrote: »

    I only read some of your thousands of posts, so I don't know if you bought an Apple Watch. Probably not, judging by all your ranting. But YOU'RE nuts if you think the media matters, and if you're swayed by anything you read or hear from it. Use your OWN perceptions, or learn to do so, so that you can avail yourself of more of the goodness of Apple products.

    Hmm...I don't think I've ever ranted about the Apple Watch. I wish the media didn't matter but they do. When you go almost a week with news outlet after news outlet running with that Slice Intelligence report what are people supposed to think? I saw that stupid Fast Company 'see I told you ?Watch would be a flop' story multiple times in my Twitter feed. Obviously not much can be done about it as the media is all about generating clicks and writing anything about Apple does that.
  • Reply 29 of 55
    Well, the media is far far busier blasting the blasters.

    That is far worrying for the Apple watch and future products.
  • Reply 30 of 55
    slurpyslurpy Posts: 5,381member
    rogifan wrote: »
    You're nuts if you think the media doesn't matter. The world is full of low information people who believe anything they read. And yes some of them, perhaps many of them are Apple customers.

    He's right though, you are obsessed. You have consistent rants about what person X or Y said on Z podcast, or what poster Or tech blogger said on X site, or what some ex employee that, pretending it's so concerning to you, and attempting to draw far reaching conclusions. I think you just greatly enjoy the hand-wringing and pretending that everything in on the brink of collapse. I'm surprised you don't get tired of it. You literally have thousands of posts doing this on multiple forums.
  • Reply 31 of 55
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    sog35 wrote: »
    You still have not proven that the media matters or influence the sale of Apple products.

    History has shown it has not.  All of Apple most successful products the last 10 years have been blasted by the media.  It made ZERO dent in Apple's sales.

    People are not idiots.  People don't give as shit what Slice, CNBC, Fast Company, ect says.  They see the Watch.  They see their friends Watch.  They think its cool. They buy it.  The mainstream media is getting weaker and weaker each year.  The mainstream media use to have a strong voice.  Not anymore.  With twitter, blogs, facebook, instagram, ect there are now HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of voices.

    People elected Barak Obama and Donald Trump is leading in polls right now. Yes people are stupid.
  • Reply 32 of 55
    mac_128mac_128 Posts: 3,454member
    maestro64 wrote: »
    You have to remember many people do not have an Apple store near them so Apple needs to do this. Best buy is the better option than a target or Wal-Mart at this point those places come along later.
    I definitely agree with this. while anyone can just order the watch for delivery anywhere in the U.S., it really should be seen and tried on first to guarantee a satisfied customer, with respect to sizing, fit and style. In that sense Best Buy will likely become Apple's showroom, since they are unlikely to have full stock of every option. And just like at the Apple Store they will most likely have appointments to try it on -- definitely needed at BestBuy. But that's not something I ever see happening at Target and Wal-Mart, judging by how the Apple products are currently displayed in those stores. If they ever do carry them, I would definitely expect only the Sport, which already comes with two sizes of bands in the box. And no hands-on demos.

    Moreover, I just can't see Apple having positioned this watch as a fashion item sold at the most exclusive boutiques and department stores in the world, only to sell the same thing in the most pervasive budget buy retailers in the world. Best Buy is on the bubble of that fashion image, but as you say, they have no choice other than to branch out to individual jewelry stores. Best Buy isn't optimal, but it gets the job done.
  • Reply 33 of 55
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    mac_128 wrote: »
    I definitely agree with this. while anyone can just order the watch for delivery anywhere in the U.S., it really should be seen and tried on first to guarantee a satisfied customer, with respect to sizing, fit and style. In that sense Best Buy will likely become Apple's showroom, since they are unlikely to have full stock of every option. And just like at the Apple Store they will most likely have appointments to try it on -- definitely needed at BestBuy. But that's not something I ever see happening at Target and Wal-Mart, judging by how the Apple products are currently displayed in those stores. If they ever do carry them, I would definitely expect only the Sport, which already comes with two sizes of bands in the box. And no hands-on demos.

    Moreover, I just can't see Apple having positioned this watch as a fashion item sold at the most exclusive boutiques and department stores in the world, only to sell the same thing in the most pervasive budget buy retailers in the world. Best Buy is on the bubble of that fashion image, but as you say, they have no choice other than to branch out to individual jewelry stores. Best Buy isn't optimal, but it gets the job done.

    I hope Apple has tight control over this experience. I am curious how they will be displayed. Hopefully not like BB displays other wearables.
  • Reply 34 of 55
    rogifan wrote: »
    Yep I knew it wouldn't take long for the snark to show up.

    It helps soften the blow of Apple's success.
  • Reply 35 of 55
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 10,557member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jameskatt2 View Post



    There probably will be a special Apple Section with Apple Watches, iPhones, and Macs. They will be manned by staff who may be Apple employees rather than Best Buy employees.



    On the contrary they will be manned by tech nerd wannabes who will try to steer you to the Samsung Gear watch by explaining to you how stupid it is to pay $350 for an Apple product. /s

  • Reply 36 of 55
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 10,557member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sog35 View Post

     

     

    the media does not matter.

     

    The media said the iPod was an overpriced MP3 player.

    The media said the Mac is too expensive.

    The media said the iPhone would never take off because its way too expensive.

    The media said the iPad was just a bigger iPhone.

    The media said Samsung is eating Apple's lunch

     

    Do I need to say anything else?

     

    The media don't mean jack shit.  99% don't even read the crap that the media spews.  If the media was so powerful Apple would be bankrupt by now.  

     

    Just stop.




    You forgot this one...

     

    Commentary: Sorry, Steve: Here's Why Apple Stores Won't Work

     

    http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/stories/2001-05-20/commentary-sorry-steve-heres-why-apple-stores-wont-work

     

    Hilarious read from 2001

  • Reply 37 of 55
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    Who's responsible for 3rd party reseller relationships inside Apple? Is it Angela Ahrendts? Are current Apple areas within BB manned by Apple retail employees?
  • Reply 38 of 55
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    sog35 wrote: »
    I've never seen Apple employees in BestBuy.  In fact when I go to WorstBuy there isn't anyone manning the Apple section.

    Well the ?Watch experiment there should be interesting then. :)
  • Reply 39 of 55
    yuck9yuck9 Posts: 112member

    Best Buy is hurting big time. They would sell their mother if they could. The company never has stock in store unless it's a TV. They will ship, as it's cheaper then to have in stock. Same for Staples. Looks like another Circuit City.

  • Reply 40 of 55
    rogifan wrote: »
    Yeah I wonder if this will shut up the Apple Watch is Doomed™ crowd. My guess is no. They'll just find some other data point to prove its failure.

    Actually it is quite the opposite. If production could not keep up with demand, best buy would have had to waig longer to get its stores stocked. And Best Buy is in a week position when it comes to negotiating with Apple. With all the successful Apple products sold by Best Buy Apple could have just told them to stock Apple Watch as well or wait longer for iPhone 6S units when the frenzy starts in the fall.
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