Apple unloads G4 Mac minis at Costco

“Apple is getting rid of its old G4 powered Mac Mini computers at Costco, the store where America buys its cat food and pallets of toilet paper at steep discounts,” Silicon Valley Sleuth reports. “The $699 price tag gets consumers a 512Mb Mac Mini with a 80Gb hard drive, as well as a wireless keyboard and mouse, which originally weren’t included with the Mac Mini. It also comes with a three year warranty, where the Apple stores only offers 90 days.”

“The offering allows Apple to get rid of excess inventory, but selling Apple computers at Costco isn’t without risk. The store isn’t exactly known for its attention in its in store displays. Especially this caged presentation (see picture in full article), makes the Mac Mini look far less impressive than in an [Apple] store,” SVS reports.

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  1. I don’t see an issue.

    Apple is superior to WinTel machines in terms of customer service and usability which are typically found at Costco and Sams. The point is increasing market share… Apple needs to improve mass market distribution. Some people who have never touched a Mac (maybe an iPod) will fall for OS X. They will then want a bigger and better machine, and then it begins… another Mac Addict is born

  2. A few weeks ago, I saw iMac G5s at Costco. About a week later, they were all gone. They either sold out, or they got pulled really quickly which is doubtful. It normally takes longer than that to change their merchandise.

  3. Costco doesn’t seem like the right COMPANY to wholesale Mac minis.

    yeah $700 might get you a bundle of ‘stuff’ with it, but bottom line is a G4 isn’t going to cut it if you want to mess around with TV/video.

  4. Perhaps Apple is also ditching old stock of keyboards and mice in preparation for new wireless products. The Costco price does not seem like a good deal to me. I sold my G4 MacMini on ebay and bought a new Intel version which seems much faster (but I wish I got the one with a DVD burner in it).

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