July 12, 2004

Pencils, Erasers & a Mac

From Think Secret (via a poster in their new members forums, via MacBytes):

Office Depot to sell Apple hardware

Office Depot, one of the nation's largest sellers of office products, has become an Apple Authorized Reseller, the chain recently announced on its Web site.

Apple tried this several times in the past with mixed to horrible results. When I go into J&R, I think "what a waste of time!" These superstores can't or won't put out the effort to convince newbies and MicroSloth users to give the Mac platform a try. The only way that this could work, IMMHO, is for Office Depot to give its full commitment to the Mac and help consumers make an informed buy. I wish them luck, but expect lukewarm sales at best.

Posted by ronn at July 12, 2004 05:45 PM

When you consider that too many stores have sales people who barely know the merchandise to begin with, specialty items like computers require a knowledge base few are willing to acquire. Posted by: Bernie [TypeKey Profile Page] on July 12, 2004 11:07 PM
That's why I can't believe Apple is even allowing this. They can't afford to have others fuck up a good thing! J&R does enough already. Posted by: ronn [TypeKey Profile Page] on July 13, 2004 12:23 AM
...new iPods? http://www.thinksecret.com/news/augustipods.html Posted by: RL on July 16, 2004 02:46 AM
Of course!! I just decided to buy one this month for my/our birthday when I read about this. I will have to wait and see and try to be one of the first ones to order one. If Think Secret is correct and the new, smaller, higher capacity iPods are priced at the same price as current iPods, it just makes sense to wait. 'Sides, it's possible that I can finally have an arnj iPod. I know you're gonna get one too, right? Posted by: ronn [TypeKey Profile Page] on July 16, 2004 07:14 AM