Japanese retailers cease online sales of Apple products

Xavier Verhoeven
28 April, 2010
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A recent report from Japan’s Nikkei claims that Japanese electronics discount stores have stopped online sales of iPods and other Apple gear.

It appears Apple has cut some sales channels to stop online stores selling its products at a discount – perhaps because they are in direct competition with Apple’s own online store.

One of the stores in question, Yodobashi Camera Co., has posted a notice on its online store saying it has stopped selling Apple products online out of respect for the company’s wishes. However, it is still selling the products in its physical stores.

Other stores are now showing Apple products as sold out, not for sale, or only available in store.

Apple Japan has declined to comment to Nikkei, claiming the personnel in charge of the matter weren’t available at the time.

A number of other online stores appear to have ceased selling Apple products online, however according to the Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch, Amazon’s Japanese store and Joshin Denki Co. were still offering Apple products on their online stores.

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