Apple and Costco go their separate ways

Warehouse club Costco has confirmed that is to discontinue selling Apple products.

Warehouse club Costco has confirmed that is to discontinue selling Apple products.

The news was conformed by Costco's chief financial officer Richard Galanti during today's financial conference call.

CNET has the more information:

The Times says the split is mutual, and notes that unlike some of the deals made with other large-scale Apple resellers, Costco was never allowed to sell Apple's products through its own online store. The post also highlights that Costco's sales of Apple products did not venture further than offering slightly discounted iPods and packs of iTunes gift cards.

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As Apple increases its retail reach, both on and off line, it needs third-party outlets less and less. I'm sure that no one at Apple will lose any sleep over this.