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Walmart to Sell Apple's iPhone

Geek Out: Where Do You Buy Your Gadgets?

Upon the "rumor mill" news that Walmart may be selling the iPhone soon, I realized one thing: I have a thing about buying Apple products at the Apple store. Even if I might be able to get something quicker somewhere else (I did NOT want to stand in the AT&T line on July 11, 2008), there's just something magical about going to the white church of Apple and checking out there (hell, emailed receipts! Why isn't everyone doing that?!).

But other than the Apple store, I tend to buy things exclusively online, like Amazon, instead of going to a store — mainly for the deals — and because we don't have many great gadget stores in San Francisco. But I'm curious — do you go for instant gratification and buy your gadgets at stores, and if so, which ones? Or do you patiently wait for online sales?


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FunkyFish FunkyFish 8 years
I buy my gadgets from
gabichou26 gabichou26 8 years
I used to buy iPods (yes, plural) at Wal-Mart or Best Buy or something, but then I became a Mac fangirl. Also, I lived in Canada full-time back then so no Apple stores. Now I live in Florida half the time and there's several stores very close to me. But unless they're Apple (when I do go to the Church of All that is Amazing), I'll go to Wal-Mart, Target, or Best Buy.
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 8 years
Always the Apple store for Apple products. Can't beat their customer service, especially if something goes wrong. Never, ever will I set foot in Wal-Mart for anything. I'll pay more elsewhere than give them my money. I'm not real big on buying electronics online, so its usually Target for other items. If I find a sale, I'll go to Circuit City (I've actually purchased a few things out of stock in stores from them online, but I knew the exact model I wanted.) Haven't had loads of luck at Best Buy, they never seem to have sale items in stock and always try to sell a higher priced item instead, which I hate!
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 8 years
i like both. shopping online is great for gift buying and avoiding the crowd. but i do enjoy instant gratification and go for the store most of the time. but i shop at target, best buy, frys, ebay, amazon and walmart.
LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 8 years
Depends what I'm getting. I'll look for deals and stuff of froogle, and buy from the best deal sometimes, but usually I just go somewhere trusty like Best Buy
wickedcupofjoe wickedcupofjoe 8 years
Costco - they have an awesome return policy (my Gateway desktop I bought from them had a 6 month return policy (return it to Costco directly if broken) and then an additional 3 months through Gateway). I usually research online, but head to Costco for the final product.
kimchimei kimchimei 8 years
Apple store, best buy or online everyone should email receipts!
neko neko 8 years
I've always bought Apple products at the Apple store. Other gadgets and computers are purchased online, usually from newegg or amazon. I prefer not to go into Best Buy unless I have to, and I still feel weird about buying anything tech-related at Walmart, other than Wii controllers.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
If you are trying to get just released or hot Apple items you always want to go to THE Apple store if you can as they stock their shelves flush before letting anyone else have supply. For most Apple equipment I sell it so I buy it wholesale. If it is new and I can't wait I will go to an Apple store. Best Buy is my second choice. You could not pay me enough to go to Satan's Super Store (Fry's) or Walmart.
verily verily 8 years
NewEgg and Fry's for computer parts. NewEgg has the best deals usually, but Fry's has the convenience if I need something like now. I go through the Apple website for laptops and iPods. Target & Wal-Mart for video game stuff. And Best Buy for pretty much everything else.
Lady-J9 Lady-J9 8 years
For the fun of browsing and shopping, it's all about Fry's. Different Fry's Electronics stores are better than others for different things, but if you're in San Francisco . . . how about the "Mayan" Fry's in San Jose? Or the large, no-longer-themed one in Fremont? For deals, it's a toss up for me between online (Amazon, NewEgg, w00t) and special deals that came up in the circulars (Best Buy, Circuit City, Fry's).
BuffBabe6108 BuffBabe6108 8 years
I agree with angelfromlsu, I go anywhere but WalMart. I despise that store with a passion and refuse to spend my hard earned money there. I do most shopping at Target, or online, but I always look online prior to buying to ensure I know all about a gadget. I need the reviews and pros and cons so I know what I am getting into. I do love going to the Apple store just to browse though. Its so nice and shiny!
aylee aylee 8 years
I always do comparison shopping and buy from the cheaper store, which usually turns out to be online. I don't buy large gadgets like TV online though. Sometimes I do get impatient and want the gadget right away, but I try my best to control myself and wait. I wished I could have gotten my iphone from the Apple store instead of waiting for AT&T, but I had a premier account and the Apple store does not activate such account.
Foxy-Frazee Foxy-Frazee 8 years
Most of the things we buy either come from Fry's or Best buy except our cell phones that we (husband and I) bought at Verizon.
Jack-D Jack-D 8 years
I buy all mine from best buy. they also have a great new cell phone department.
amerikanbeanhead amerikanbeanhead 8 years
Apple store for anything mac and best buy for everything else. Cell phone at the cell phone store though. I like getting things right then!
millarci millarci 8 years
I'll just go to the Apple Store "just because". I love it in there!
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 8 years
Anywhere but Walmart. Target also, since their return policies for non-functioning electronics suck. I tend to buy from Best Buy for large electronics (Macbook Pro, TV's, iPod, radios) but Amazon for smaller items (DSLR camera, Garmin Forerunner, etc). The small electronics have a larger price difference.
Britney-Kayla Britney-Kayla 8 years
I usually by my gadgets at Best Buy, eBay, or the actual store.
DigitalAngel DigitalAngel 8 years
"There's just something magical about going to the white church of Apple" That sort comment is exactly why I don't like most Apple people. Sorry Geek. That being said, I'm a fan of Fry's and
rachelsmith rachelsmith 8 years
I love shopping in person, and if I find a price online that is the same as a B&M store, I go there. I bought my phone at a t-mobile store, etc. I also got a fantastic deal on a laptop at Office Depot, for instance, it was almost 40% off prices on Amazon and the like. But if the price is better online, I buy stuff online. I often use Amazon or Newegg, but usually I Froogle before buying and buy from any online store with enough reviews that I feel comfortable. No problems yet.
ChicBookFiend ChicBookFiend 8 years
I buy them at the store too. Online shopping just isn't the same. (Though I do shop online as well.) So Wal-Mart may be selling the iPhone? I guess the iPhone is so hot, every store wants a piece of that Apple pie.
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
I buy them at the store. I got my laptop from the Apple store, I got my cell phone from the Verizon store, etc.
yummymango yummymango 8 years
Ditto about I've bought many a computer hardware from there. As for phones though, I tend to learn towards Nokia phones, so eBay is usually the destination for me.
DefyAllLogic DefyAllLogic 8 years has the best deals and the fastest shipping and super easy customer service. I'd highly recommend it. i go to amazon for reviews and comparisons.
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