It’s been confirmed that Costco, previously one of the absolute best places to purchase basically any expensive electronics due to an outstanding warranty, will not be carrying Apple merchandise in the future.
The Seattle Times is reporting that severing of ties between Costco and Apple has been confirmed, culminating with both parties signing a ‘mutual agreement’ that will put an end to Costco carrying any Apple merchandise.
The chain is phasing out Apple products, per a mutual agreement between the companies, Galanti told The Seattle Times. Costco had sold iPods and pre-loaded iTunes cards for years, although never at huge discounts; and Apple never allowed Costco to sell its products online like other retailers, he said. “In the past couple months, we agreed to wind down.”
Apple spokeswoman Amy Bessette said the company has no comment.
Apparently, this has been in the works since at least October, starting with various stores such as Target and Costco’s chief competitor Sam’s Club selling the iPad. Astute observers witnessed Apple products disappearing from Costco shelves soon after.
So, Costco, I know I’ll miss your outstanding warranty and service.