In an interview with The Seattle Times earlier today, Costco's Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti confirmed the company is in the process of phasing out Apple products from its shelves.
The news confirms a 2-month-old rumor from iLounge that noted the process as already under way. iLounge's source had attributed the move to the wholesale retailer getting shut out of acquiring stock of products like the iPad, which competitors like , , and had gotten access to some six months after its launch.
The Seattle 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.
Correction, December 10 at 10:25 a.m. PDT: This story originally mis-attributed Galanti's confirmation to a company earnings call. The comments came during an interview.
Apple - USE TAG
reading•Costco confirms it will stop selling Apple products
Nov 18•Tech Turkeys 2018: The biggest screwups in tech this year
Nov 18•Black Friday 2018 iPhone deals: iPhone XR and XS for $150 off, free $400 iPhone X gift card
Nov 18•We took the iPhone XS and XR into 26 foot deep water. Only one survived
Nov 18•Facebook's Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and MoviePass top this year's list of Tech Turkeys