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Stock stores with USB Wireless Adapters for Mac.

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by on ‎10-10-2014 10:08 PM

I've had several clients looking for wireless adapters for Apple computers and they are almost impossible to find.  It would be great for Best Buy to consider stocking the Edmimax AC1200 Wireless Dual-Band USB Adapter
(EW-7822UAC) and/or AC450 Wi-Fi USB Adapter-11ac Upgrade for MacBook (EW-7711MAC) and stock them in the Apple accessory area.  


While all new Macs have built-in WiFi, older Macs sometimes will have WiFi issues that prevent them from connecting to newer routers, some older Macs just plain didn't come with WiFi card unless you addded them (in the case of older Mac Pros) or sometimes the WiFi cards just go out and there's no practical solution to externally fixing this.  Outside of technical isuses, if Best Buy employees were trained on these items, they could be sold as ways to upgrade older Macs from 802.11n to 802.11ac not only giving clients access to better speeds and better range, but also generating demand and revenue from the sell of Wireless 802.11ac routers that clients would want to buy to achieve these speeds/ranges. 

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Would anyone else like to see us carry these wireless adapters for Apple computers? Make sure you vote for an idea if you like it.

by Senior Social Media Specialist Senior Social Media Specialist
on ‎10-13-2014 10:37 AM
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Would anyone else like to see us carry these wireless adapters for Apple computers? Make sure you vote for an idea if you like it.

by Valued Expert
on ‎10-16-2014 08:18 AM

I agree that it is good to have more accessories available.  However, Apple is very particular and may have control over what Best Buy can stock for Apple Products.  Especially things like power supplies for iPad are a good example.  Some products if you use them on your Apple product will void the warrenty.


on ‎10-16-2014 09:06 AM
@bobberuchi agreed that if you modify the internals of most devices nowadays it will most likely void the warranty; however, these would be strictly external USB models to avoid this. When it comes to accessories no manufacturer can dictate inventory just as they can't tell you what to price something at. People have this pre-notion that Apple is this horrible dictator when it comes to retail partners but they're really not. Yes they care about how their brand is displayed but they don't control much else outside of that like inventory (except in the case of constraints from manufacturing), price, etc.
by Valued Expert
on ‎10-16-2014 09:59 AM

Not entirly correct.  Manufacturers can dictate what is called MAP pricing.  Meaning  a reatailer can dictate a price that you cannot list an item under.  i.e. if  Company X says Item RTSS#  has cannot be listed under $200 the retailer cannot list under $200


Dell is also a company that dictates what models retail stores can carry.  


I have also observed a number of times some TV manufacturers that are sold in more than one retailer that they will have different model numbers.  Specs are identical.


And Apple does try to maintain control over authorized accessories.  Those are the accessories you will see in the store.  At least that is what the apple rep told me.

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