It’s official: Apple acknowledges Best Buy to carry Mac mini models

“Apple Computer’s Mac Mini is finding its way to more store shelves, with Best Buy planning to carry the $499 computer nationwide,” Ina Fried writes for CNET News. “Mac fans have noted that the diminutive desktop appeared on some store shelves last weekend, and Merrill Lynch issued a research note on Monday talking about the potential impact of such a move. Apple confirmed the plans on Tuesday.”

“‘We are pleased to offer Mac Mini at Best Buy stores nationwide,’ Apple said in a statement to CNET News.com… Best Buy has been selling Macs online and also carries the iPod in its stores… Kevin Cockett, a Best Buy spokesman, said the retailer was ‘excited’ to begin carrying the Mac Mini in all of its stores. ‘It’s the latest innovation from Apple and strengthens Best Buy’s assortment of computers,'” Fried reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Let’s see if this one sticks. Let the Sears rumors begin!

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26 Comments

  1. There’s two flaws with the argument against doing this. Number one, everybody claims that the people at Best Buy know nothing about Macs. This is true. However, they also know nothing about PCs, audio equipment, TVs, or anything else they sell. They are all high school kids who stand around and chat about their classes with their buddies, who either also work there or hang out there every day. Number two, people argue that Best Buy is somehow the only place that is like this, when in reality they all are. Circuit City, K-Mart, Wal-Mart, Target, Sears, etc, are all just as bad. Look at CompUSA, a freakin’ national computer store and yet Apple had to add their own staffers to the place. Unless they want Macs to never ever be sold at any mainstream store anywhere, there’s just no way to avoid it. Look at it like this: having the Mini at Best Buy will not cause Apple to sell less computers, therefore it’s a good thing. Sure, if the staff were better they might sell more, but they will still sell some. Unless my math teachers only passed me so I’d be somebody else’s problem, I’m pretty sure some is better than none. So take the sales you get and go home happy in six months if it doesn’t work out.

  2. Seems to me that nobody wanted to carry the iPod either until it caught fire! Now almost every store carries them.

    The fact that Best Buy wants to carry the Mac mini indicates to me that there is quite a demand for the mini – and Best Buy is simply reacting to that demand.

  3. I hope this works for Apple, but BB has a horrible track record. I like the store-within-a store concept at CompUSA, and they actually carry Mac software titles and know about the equipment.

    I think if Apple developed a small kiosk/mini store setup, with software, accessories, iPods, and helpful information, they could use this in BB, Target, Sears, etc. succesfully. They could use their cool Apple design to make it a destination in these big box stores.

    Don’t forget that in Best Buy and other stores, vendors often pay for product placement (just take a look at a Best Buy ad to see what I mean – Napster and partners pay big $$ for placement and promotion). Apple have to play their game in order to be successful.

  4. When my Apple dealer did not have stock on the mini I went to Best Buy to see if I could purchase one. They had a demo, but no stock either. I would have purchased it at Best Buy if it was available.

    I don’t think it is the best thing for Apples image to sell computers through Best Buy. On the other hand it is not the best thing for Apples image to have such a small market share.

    I remember Commodore 64’s being sold at K-mart and other department stores. Vic 20’s at Eaton’s etc.

  5. We have BestBuy here in Canada, Toronto more specifically.. and I must agree that the staff generally have little product knowledge. They have been selling Mac Minis since they became available here. My experiences.. hmmmm… the wireless keyboard is not hooked up, althought the are using a nice 15’flat panel for display. I set up iTunes running with the visualizer, when I returned some minutes later the screen saver had kicked in with black screen only and a salesperson was explaining to a customer how it must have crashed again as a press on the (non-functioning) space bar failed to wake the unit. I explained to him the keyboard wasn’t connected, then I proceeded to click the mouse and voila like magic, it was up and running. My helpfullness was greeted with a very displeasant scowl from the salesman. They push the Creative units also when there is no iPod stock, although they claim to not work on commission.

    BestBuy & Apple? Not unless something changes.

    Dave

  6. Eric the Red
    Anyone going to Best Buy to buy a computer hasn’t done their research

    Also,
    Anyone who thinks Apple has no software hasn’t done their research.
    Anyone who thinks Windows is the only OS on Earth hasn’t done their research
    Anyone who thinks Macs are $2000 hasn’t done their research
    Anyone who thinks Office doesn’t run on Mac OS X hasn’t done their research
    Anyone who thinks Macs don’t support multi-button mice hasn’t done their research

    Apple Computers have about a 3% market share.. what’s your point?

    No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American People.

  7. This is a good deal. The pricing of the Mac mini gives it great potential to be an impulse buy so the more people it is in front of the better. Apple should up the standard memory to 512 though. A lot of people will be getting a reduced impression of OS X because they are buying machines will minimal memory.

  8. (FWIW, I posted similar comments on the Virus thread…)

    To extend “mike’s” post…

    . .. …

    [Tell people why to own a mac, not why they shouldn´t own a pc.]

    Maybe MDN can enact this progressive policy by following the lead by ‘journalists’ that remind their readers to buy only WinPCs because:

    – Macs have no software.
    – Macs are too expensive.
    – Macs have NO games, like the ‘real business computers’ do.
    – Macs suck.
    – Macs can’t run MS-Office.
    – Macs are ONLY good for graphics. (But, not games) !?
    – Macs aren’t available everywhere, like at WalMart and 7-11.
    – Macs can only use one-button mice.
    – Macs can’t DO the internet.
    – Macs don’t use Windows.
    – Macs aren’t $249.

    Any other reasons are welcome.

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  9. Sure enough, I did see a Mac mini in Best Buy in Palmdale, Ca..

    Guest what?! No one knew how it operated….go figure. Mini sell thou self, because they will not.

    Note to Apple: INCREASE THE RAM TO 512.

    So good luck Apple.

  10. Methinks it’s time to commit to working at BestBuy for free… that is, go there and play with the Mac mini, showing off iLife apps while you’re at the store on your Saturday afternoons… or whenever it’s convenient.

    We sure know the BestBuy employees won’t.

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