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Macs at Costco

Postby Conrad » Thu, 20 Apr 2006 21:26:50 GMT

Hi,

Yesterday - to my surprise - I found two Macs on display at Costco
(Bend, Oregon). A Mac mini listed at ~$600 and an iMac at ~$1350. Also,
in the software section was MS Office Mac (student version) for ~$130.

What does this mean? Are Apple and Costco back in business again?

Best,

Conrad
Camp Sherman, Oregon

PS  The elegance of the Macs was quite in contrast to the ugly Windows
boxes for sale.


Re: Macs at Costco

Postby John Steinberg » Thu, 20 Apr 2006 23:43:33 GMT




Dunno, but there were a few pallets of iMac G5s at a NY Costco
recently.  

It was my first ever trip to a Costco.  

Whoa, I bought a 55 gallon drum of Heinz Catsup,  a 90lb. box of
Cheez-its, and a box of cereal large enough to house a Meade LX-200. 
Saved some serious coin in the process.

Plus, catsup on Cheez-its is delicious!



And Costco won't even provide a bag for that ugly Windows box.  It's
the walk of shame for those buyers.

-- 
-John Steinberg
email:  XXXX@XXXXX.COM 

Re: Macs at Costco

Postby Tom Harrington » Fri, 21 Apr 2006 00:34:33 GMT

In article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,




I've heard that Apple is selling off old stock of PowerPC Macs through 
Costco.  That's probably what you saw, since both the mini and the iMac 
have been replaced by Intel-based models.

-- 
Tom "Tom" Harrington
Macaroni, Automated System Maintenance for Mac OS X.
Version 2.0:  Delocalize, Repair Permissions, lots more.
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Re: Macs at Costco

Postby Steve Hix » Fri, 21 Apr 2006 04:23:07 GMT

In article <190420061043335916% XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,






Let's see how you feel about the combination three months from now.
Remember, the Cheezits will stay fresh-ish longer if you freeze them
after opening the package.

On the other hand, you'll need a larger freezer to fit the large box.

 

Re: Macs at Costco

Postby Howard S Shubs » Fri, 21 Apr 2006 05:27:12 GMT

In article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,




I guess he didn't feel the walk-in freezer he got was worth mentioning.  
It's such a small trinket, after all.

-- 
We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers, And sitting by desolate streams.
from "Ode", Arthur O'Shaughnessy

Re: Macs at Costco

Postby nospam » Fri, 21 Apr 2006 07:53:37 GMT




An acquantaince just got a 20" powerPC iMac through Costco, mostly
because he specifically wanted a power PC one. He uses a few things that
don't yet run on the Intel ones, not even through Rosetta. In time, they
will I'm completely certain, but that time isn't quite yet and he needs
it now.

This friend made up his mind right about the time that the powerPC iMacs
started getting hard to find. In fact, he ended up with the local
Costco's floor demo unit because that was the last one here.

He brought it over to my house to get some help in setting up a few
apps. I took one look at it and told him that he needed to get it
serviced. It was sitting next to my iMac of the same model... and the
screen looked pathetic because it was so dim. I went into system prefs
to turn up the brightness and found it was already maxed. If you turned
the brightness down to 75% or so, the screen was completely black.

I think he's going to end up with a refurb unit via warrantee service.
He probably could have just bought a refurb in the first place and saved
a few bucks.  :-(

-- 
Richard Maine                     | Good judgment comes from experience;
email: my first.last at org.domain| experience comes from bad judgment.
org: nasa, domain: gov            |       -- Mark Twain

Re: Macs at Costco

Postby Dave Balderstone » Fri, 21 Apr 2006 08:19:05 GMT

In article <1he1szs.ce7lx21ljhs9sN% XXXX@XXXXX.COM >, Richard E




Did you go to the "Color" tab in Displays and check the monitor profile
and/or calibration?

If this was a floor model there a chance somebody screwed around in
there and screwed it up. Anyone can create a screen profile that
produces a very dark screen in a matter of a few seconds.

Re: Macs at Costco

Postby nospam » Fri, 21 Apr 2006 08:34:41 GMT





No, I didn't. I hadn't run into anything like that before. Thanks for
the suggestion. I'll definitely have him check that possibility.

-- 
Richard Maine                     | Good judgment comes from experience;
email: my first.last at org.domain| experience comes from bad judgment.
org: nasa, domain: gov            |       -- Mark Twain

Re: Macs at Costco

Postby Rick Jones » Fri, 21 Apr 2006 09:27:55 GMT



But did you also get the Foodsaver to keep it all from going stale?-)

rick jones
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these opinions are mine, all mine; HP might not want them anyway... :)
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Re: Macs at Costco

Postby Rick Jones » Fri, 21 Apr 2006 09:30:13 GMT

> If this was a floor model there a chance somebody screwed around in

Given that it was a floor model and the ease of someone messing with
the box, mightn't it be a good idea to consider a complete reinstall
of the OS?

rick jones
-- 
portable adj, code that compiles under more than one compiler
these opinions are mine, all mine; HP might not want them anyway... :)
feel free to post, OR email to rick.jones2 in hp.com but NOT BOTH...

Re: Macs at Costco

Postby Steve Hix » Fri, 21 Apr 2006 09:32:45 GMT

In article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,





Oh, well, then everything's taken care of.

Until the next trip...

Re: Macs at Costco

Postby John Rushford » Fri, 21 Apr 2006 09:36:23 GMT







I had the same thought.  I saw only PowerPC iMac's and minis at the 
Costco here in Westminster Colorado.

John

Re: Macs at Costco

Postby Gnarlodious » Fri, 21 Apr 2006 10:33:07 GMT

Entity John Rushford uttered this profundity:

Hey I was just in there a few days ago looking at the Macs, did you see me?

-- Gnarlie


Re: Macs at Costco

Postby nospam » Fri, 21 Apr 2006 10:34:56 GMT




Yep. Agree. That was my first suggestion (before I even saw the screen
thing) just on general principles. He did that - with the
erase&reinstall option to make it "clean". That does make me wonder
whether the calibration/profile thing could be relevant. I'd think
anything messed up in that would have been reset on the
erase&reinstall... but then maybe I'd be wrong. It seems easy enough to
check anyway.

-- 
Richard Maine                    | Good judgement comes from experience;
email: last name at domain . net | experience comes from bad judgement.
domain: summertriangle           |  -- Mark Twain

Re: Macs at Costco

Postby Derek Currie » Fri, 21 Apr 2006 13:08:05 GMT

In article <190420061719057517% XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,




Absolutely! I have actually WATCHED a berzerker Mac-hater walk up to a 
display model Mac and{*filter*}up the ColorSync profile. Needless to say I 
un-f*cked the screen after the little turd walked away. 

When I am in one of the CompUSA Apple store-in-a-stores I often optimize 
the color settings on their new display models. This is apparently 
beyond the skills of many CompUSA Apple reps.

:-D

-- 
Fortune Magazine, 11-29-05: What's your computer setup today?
Frederick Brooks: I happily use a Macintosh. It's not been equalled for ease 
of use, and I want my computer to be a tool, not a challenge.
< http://www.**--****.com/ ;
[Frederick Brooks is the author of 'The Mythical Man Month'. He spearheaded 
the movement to modernize computer software engineering in 1975]

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