Back in late 2010, Costco and Apple ended their rocky business relationship, a mutual agreement between the companies. Previously, users were able to purchase iPods, iTunes Cards and going further back, Mac computers.
Now, it appears both companies have rekindled their relationship as Costco.com now sells iPhones and iPads online, as noted by TGaap via its mobile partner Wireless Advocates, a subsidiary of Car Toys.
The CEO of Car Toys earlier in June sent an email to its Wireless Advocates employees notifying them of upcoming carrier sales of Apple’s iPhone and iPad at Costco, according to MacRumors.
The 16GB iPhone 5s is on sale for $77.99 on a two-year term with Verizon, Sprint and AT&T, while cellular versions of the iPad mini with Retina display and iPad Air are also available both online and in-store.
If something happens down in the U.S., it usually comes late to Canada (or never at all). There’s no word on whether Costco Canada will sell the iPhone or iPad through its Wireless Etc. kiosks (which offer Rogers, Bell, Fido, Virgin mobile, Chatr wireless and SaskTel sales), a subsidiary of Burnaby-based Glentel.
As for Apple allowing Costco.com to sell its higher-end iPhone and iPads directly, that doesn’t look like it will happen, most likely due to the big box retailer’s liberal return policy, which can be abused by those looking to take advantage of it.
We’ve reached out to Glentel and Costco Canada for comment on the matter and will provide updates when they become available.