Staples Begins Selling Apple Accessories in U.S. Online Store

In line with last week's confirmation from Staples executives, the office supply giant has now begun offering Apple accessories in its U.S. online store. While the chain has long sold Apple products internationally, this marks the first time it has been able to reach an agreement with Apple for U.S. distribution.

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Products available through the online store are currently limited to accessories, but do appear to include nearly the full lineup of accessories such as Smart Covers, power adapters, cables, headphones, mice and keyboards. Several more expensive hardware accessories are also available, including the Apple TV, Time Capsules, and AirPort Extreme/Express base stations.

MacRumors heard last month that Staples retail stores in the United States would carry not only accessories but Apple's full lineup of Macs, iPads, and the iPhone 5. We've since heard that Apple's full lineup may be limited to select high-volume Staples retail stores, with rollout tentatively scheduled for late March to accommodate staff training and store setup. We've yet to hear whether Apple accessories have already begun appearing at retail stores alongside today's online store launch.

(Thanks, Magdalena!)

Top Rated Comments

mattwolfmatt Avatar
116 months ago
A lot of businesses have accounts with Staples. Most of them don't have accounts with Best Buy or Apple.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sundog925 Avatar
116 months ago
Same price, different headache.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
yg17 Avatar
116 months ago
There aren't any Staples near me, but if their stores are as quiet and empty as the Office Max and Office Depot locations near me, I'd rather go there for Apple accessories than fight through the hordes of tweens whose parents are using the Apple Store as a free babysitting service while they shop at the mall. Plus the fact that the parking situation at the mall closest to me with an Apple Store is an absolute fustercluck. Especially in November and December.

Would I go to Staples to buy a new MacBook Pro? Probably not. Would I go there to buy an iPad case? Absolutely.

But if I were buying online, I wouldn't go to either Staples or Apple. That's what Amazon Prime is for.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HenryDJP Avatar
116 months ago
Any snobby people here hating on Staples for having Apple gear are not business professionals and don't frequent office stores. Staples is relatively a quiet laid back place that doesn't jump in customer's faces pushing crap down their throat. I'm in the insurance world and our office frequent's Staples, Office Max and Office Depot all the time for office supplies. I would much rather drop into one of their stores to pick up some Apple gear or accessories than to sorely inconvenience myself dealing with those overcrowded internet cafes called the Apple Stores. Even worse, having to walk all the way through the clothing department, grocery area and laundry supplies at Wallyworld just to get the "tech section" to pick up an Apple mouse. :rolleyes:
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Chuck-Norris Avatar
116 months ago
LOL , Staples Canada has been selling apple junk for the same ridiculous prices for years now
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iGrip Avatar
116 months ago
Why would I buy it online from staples vs online from apple?

Staples is a relatively small chain based in Massachusetts. Apple is a gigantic international corporate behemoth.

Spread the wealth.

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I would never purchase accessories from Staples.

Why not?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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