retail

  • Aliph Jawbone To Sell In Apple Stores

    With Apple’s Bluetooth headset for the iPhone only recently getting approved, Apple knows it needs a fancy-pants Bluetooth headset to sell in its stores come the launch of the iPhone. Luckily, Aliph is here to swoop in and save the day with its amazing Jawbone headset. In case you forgot, the Jawbone is an expensive $120 headset that works by resting a sensor on your jawbone for… Read More

  • AT&T Stores Getting Less Than 40 iPhones For Launch

    Oh noes! Have you been mowing lawns relentlessly, saving up for that $499 iPhone that’s about to come out? Well you better get your camping gear ready if you really want one, ’cause word on the (Wall) street is that AT&T stores will be receiving less than 40 iPhones each. Talk about a shortage. WR Hambrecht & Co. surveyed a ton of AT&T stores and found that iPhones… Read More

  • AT&T To Use iPhone To Push Name Change

    With the iPhone about a month away, AT&T has finally gotten around to realizing they need to ditch the Cingular name. Using the iPhone as a catalyst, AT&T will be replacing signs inside all 1800+ Cingular stores with AT&T logos, adverts, and signs. Says AT&T Spokesperson Mike Coe: “The iPhone is one of the most anticipated handsets ever in the wireless industry, and we… Read More

  • Apple Will Sell iPhone in 2,000 Stores: Get in Line Now

    When the iPhone debuts next month, consumers lucky enough to wait in line for one can do so at 2,000 fine retail locations. One of those analyst types from Bear Sterns just wrapped up a meeting with Apple and the company said that its iPhone will be available for purchase at its 181 retail stores and AT&T’s 1,840 stores. No other store will sell the phone, don’t you know. In… Read More

  • Apple Gains Marketshare (Like, a Lot of It)

    Remember back in the 90s when you’d try to get your pal/parents/teachers/parole officers/congressmen/body piercers to “switch” to the Mac camp, and their reason for not was because of marketshare? Validity of that claim aside, you might want to have them try again. Apple claimed a whopping 10% (ok, 9.9%) of retail laptop sales in March of this year. When you consider how… Read More

  • Halo 3 Pre-orders Hit Four Million Mark

    Yesterday, we talked about how Halo 2 is tearing up the record-books over at Bungie. Today, it’s time for Halo 3 to have a turn in the limelight. Gamestop is reporting that between Funcoland, EB Games, and Gamestop, over four million people have pre-ordered Halo 3 for the Xbox 360. This doesn’t even include any other private game stores that are taking pre-orders, so I’d… Read More

  • Helio Ocean Now Available

    Just a quick heads-up: The Helio Ocean became available for purchase as of midnight EST. Those wishing to purchase the new device right this instant, visit Helio.com or call 1-888-88-HELIO. If, however, you can wait until later in the day, it’ll be available through Helio retail stores. And next week it’ll spread to GameStop and EB Games locations. Read More

  • Shutterfly and Target Announce Partnership

    Personally, I use Flickr for my photos and don’t even both with hard-copy anymore. But for those of us who still have a heart and use Shutterfly, you can now pick up your digital prints from your local Target. Today, Target and Shutterfly announced a partnership where you can order prints online for the rate of about 19 cents a photo. Pickup is said to only take about an hour, meaning… Read More

  • Third Apple Store Coming To NYC

    As we already know, Apple apparently feels the need to make its presence known throughout all of NYC. In fact, Apple isn’t content with two great stores located in SoHo and 5th Avenue, so they’re building a third in the meatpacking district. That’s right. After stuffing your face at Morimoto, you can now stroll over to 401 W. 14th St. for an iPod Shuffle or a Mac Pro. The… Read More

  • Rumor: AT&T's iPhone Displays to be Insane, Fancy, Extravagant, Large

    AT&T is getting all the hot phone love this summer, from the Curve to the iPhone. The question remains though: To which brand does the carrier’s loyalties lie? We ourselves find it hard to care. The Curve has a large AT&T marketing budget behind it, but reports are surfacing that it pales next to the inevitable onslaught of iPhone pain we’re about to experience. Boy Genius… Read More

  • Apple Offering Free Personal Shopping Service

    Perhaps you’re not the biggest Mac fan or you don’t even own an iPod. Or maybe someone’s birthday is coming up and they said they’d love an iPod but you don’t know which one is right for them. All that can now be solved thanks to Apple’s new service called Personal Shopping. It’s basically a free service where a Mac specialist will take you around… Read More

  • Wii Availability Revisited

    Since the release of the Wii, it’s been near-impossible to find one at a local or online retailer. Now during the first month or three of a console launch, that’s understandable. But it’s almost May and it’s still hard as hell to find a Nintendo Wii in a store. Why is this? Shouldn’t Nintendo have bumped up production? Freakonomics has a nice article which… Read More

  • HD-DVD Wins: $299 Player On The Way

    Wal-Mart and China have teamed up and this time it’s not to bring you cheap clothing at a reduced price. Walton & Co. have acquired 2 million HD-DVD players from the Great Wall Corporation, which is based out of — wait for it — China. The electronics come from TDK and Fuh Yuan, so at least it still holds a chance of not being a POS. But the best part out of all this news? Read More

  • eMusic Launches Subscription-Based Plans

    I always liked eMusic. Though second banana to iTMS, it still has a good amount of music worth downloading and every song is DRM-free. Now eMusic is trying to launch a subscription service without DRM that will allow users to download a set number of tracks per month. These new plans are being called “Connoisseur Plans” and involve the user paying a set price each month for a… Read More

  • Best Buy Snaps Up Speakeasy

    The only reason I know that Speakeasy is an ISP is because they offer a fantastic speed-test. Web-apps aside though, Speakeasy customers may want to keep a close eye on bills and future price changes and user agreements now that Best Buy has bought your precious ISP. The retail giant paid a reported $97 million for the company and plans on boosting small business plans and services within the… Read More

  • Gamestop's Shoddy Customer Service

    Alex over at Joystiq tells an interesting story about a Sunday-drive to Gamestop where he tried to purchase God of War II. When Alex entered the store and asked for a copy of GoW2, the employee behind the counter asked if a reservation had been made. When he replied “No”, the employee at the Gamestop walked over to the display wall, grabbed a case, opened it, and stuck a copy of… Read More

  • Best Buy And Apple Cut A Deal

    Truth be told, the last company I expected to strike a deal with Apple was Best Buy. But who am I to judge? In a statement today, Best Buy said that next Tuesday, all 822 stores will have the Apple TV available for purchase. This positions Best Buy to gain some increased sales considering that it’ll be another two weeks before other stores start selling Apple TV units. If you want… Read More

  • Retailers Give Ultimatum to Sony PSP

    Retailers have told Sony that unless the PSP sees a price drop, they will drop it from their shelves, according to 1UP. Although 1UP doesn’t name retailers and is vague on the details, the site hints that if a price drop doesn’t come, something major has to happen with the PSP soon. Vince has some details about what a redesign might entail and Matt has a post about a new PSP… Read More

  • CompUSA Officially Closing 126 Stores

    CompUSA, everyone’s favorite place to hang out while waiting for the sig. other to come out of Kohl’s, is closing 126 stores, or 50% of its current crop, to create a cash infusion of $440 million. Most of these stores are “old” which presumably means they were laid out in the 1800s and are no longer competitive in the face of Best Buy and Circuit City. The closure is… Read More

  • Gamestop Autodialing Customers

    You may want to hit up a Target for your video-gaming needs next time you go out shopping. It seems Gamestop has been targeting previous customers and their purchases via telemarketing or autodialing. Ars Technica’s Ben Kuchera had bought The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess from a Gamestop a while back. Recently, he received a call from Gamestop and a robot relayed the following… Read More