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Apple will attempt its quest of global domination by launching a handful of new stores in key international markets

Apple plans to open an additional 40 to 50 Apple retail locations across the world in 2010, as the company hopes to provide local services in additional foreign markets.

More than half of the new stores next year will be located outside of the United States, according to Apple, which needs to bolster its international presence.  A further international expansion will help convince consumers to visit Apple stores to see the company's various products and services in person.

Specifically, Apple will open new locations in London and Paris, with at least two stores already planned for Shanghai.  After launching its first stores in 2001, Apple has seen continued success built around its trendy stores -- analysts predict Apple had almost 46 million visitors to its stores worldwide during the month of September.

Apple currently has stores in the U.S. from San Francisco to New York City, and now must deal with increased competition from Microsoft entering the retail space.  Microsoft's California location in Mission Viejo competes directly with an Apple store in the same retail location.   

The Cupertino-based company currently has 280 stores operating in 10 different countries.  Apple's products are sold in Best Buy and other brick and mortar locations, but Apple has been able to offer customers one-on-one interaction when it comes to tech support and future product purchases.

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Best Buy?
By jonmcc33 on 11/16/2009 9:43:56 AM , Rating: 4
I thought they already had hundreds of "stores" through Best Buy. The stupid employees there will sell a Mac to any idiot.

RE: Best Buy?
By Trisagion on 11/16/2009 9:50:15 AM , Rating: 4
The keyword there is idiot .

RE: Best Buy?
By Drag0nFire on 11/16/2009 10:36:08 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, IMHO, Best Buy caters to idiots. The sales reps love uneducated masses. The vast majority of reps I've talked to will all but lie about the specs and features of big-ticket items to get a sale. And then they will try to sell you on the extended warranty, which they insist is an incredible value for your purchase.

Very frustrating, as many reps I've interacted with aren't even trained to sell to an educated consumer. Often I know more about their product line up than they do.

RE: Best Buy?
By Motoman on 11/16/2009 10:41:10 AM , Rating: 2
The sales reps love uneducated masses.

"The sales reps are massively uneducated."

Fixed it for you.

RE: Best Buy?
By sebmel on 11/17/2009 6:34:51 AM , Rating: 2
The soaring wit of these jibes stands as monumental testament to the superior intellect of the PC user. Pray do continue!

Let your repartee shine as a beacon to the sheer genius of choosing this particular product, calling everyone, like moths to the searing brilliance of the Windows operating system.

RE: Best Buy?
By Justin Time on 11/16/2009 11:27:03 AM , Rating: 5
Careful... iDiot is probably trademarked by Apple.

RE: Best Buy?
By Gul Westfale on 11/16/09, Rating: -1
RE: Best Buy?
By Tony Swash on 11/16/09, Rating: 0
RE: Best Buy?
By Gul Westfale on 11/16/2009 8:28:30 PM , Rating: 2
jealous of a crappy computer that is compatible with nothing and can't be upgraded? which reality do you live in?

RE: Best Buy?
By Tony Swash on 11/17/2009 5:39:40 AM , Rating: 2
jealous of a crappy computer that is compatible with nothing and can't be upgraded? which reality do you live in?

AS gertrude says in Hamlet "The lady doth protest too much, methinks"

By the way the mac is the most compatible computer platform on the planet - today I will be running Mac OS X, Windows (XP and 7) and Ubuntu software on my mac - all at the same time!

Give in - just get a mac and enjoy life :)

RE: Best Buy?
By scrapsma54 on 11/17/2009 12:00:47 AM , Rating: 2
there is no justice in overpriced and fixed function software.

RE: Best Buy?
By sebmel on 11/17/2009 7:29:18 PM , Rating: 2
In the following video you can see just how faithfully Microsoft have copied Apple's stores, right down to the name tags and uniforms.

Oh, except for the dance. Only Microsoft knows how you create that creepy mix or servility and shame.

What a bunch of sad whiners
By Tony Swash on 11/16/2009 1:10:46 PM , Rating: 2
Looking at the comments here it would be hard to make the connection to easily the most successful retail operation of the past two decades. The Apple Stores have been a gigantic success - and they have been a success because Apple have got everything about the tech retail experience right whilst their competitors have got it mostly wrong. Thats why Microsoft is (sadly) desperately playing catch up by opening their own Apple clone stores.

The Apple stores attract tens of millions of visitors to spend their cash because they sell products that consumers enthusiastically want and they offer an unusually pleasant, supportive and helpful retail environment. Visit a mall which has, say, a Sony centre and an Apple store and compare the size the crowds in each.

Apple got retail right in a big way.

RE: What a bunch of sad whiners
By hiscross on 11/16/2009 3:04:36 PM , Rating: 2
Nice post. I do have to wonder if all the negative comments are proof read by the senders parents? The best part of this site is DHS can capture who the whiners are and put them on the watch list.

RE: What a bunch of sad whiners
By scrapsma54 on 11/16/2009 11:52:34 PM , Rating: 2
What a horrible waste of tax dollars it is for the Department of homeland security go after people who rather get their moneys worth.

RE: What a bunch of sad whiners
By sebmel on 11/17/2009 6:40:34 AM , Rating: 2
They are also the world's most profitable stores per square foot by a very long way.

Apple Stores do sales of $4,300 per square foot which is 5× the $872 per square foot Best Buy does.

RE: What a bunch of sad whiners
By mosswalker on 11/19/2009 9:01:32 PM , Rating: 1
I dont understand why everyone is either proMac or ProPC. Two different machines that cater to two different groups. PC people tend to be either gamers or people used to the system in the enterprise. Mac people are artsy and upper middle class image conscious types and they dont give two shits about games.
I have had only one Mac back before Apple caved and went Intel which made boot camp possible. To be honest, I would have been better to buy two machines for the price of that G4. The Mac never crashed or gave me problems. For what I purchased it to do it was great. Other then that, it was a brick.
Both my HP elites do what that Mac used to do >Solidworks and 3dsmax-Maya< and also get used to do other fun stuff as well. Neither of my PC's have crashed nor have they been mauled buy viruses or malware.
If I was only doing media/design work I would buy a Mac again. Stuff just looked better on it. But since I need a multitude FUNctionality including gaming Mac is not for ME. Neither is best, they are just different from each other.

It's good for business
By Roffles on 11/16/2009 12:18:59 PM , Rating: 2
I'm working on one of these stores right now. It's at the Los Cerritos shopping center expansion. The store was originally destined for some other business. Apple came thru out of nowhere with loads of cash and had the engineer to a quicky redesign of the structure to accommodate a wider store opening and more open space within the store AFTER the steel had already been erected. This involves moving, retrofitting and demolishing this brand new structure. All I know is Apple must have pulled a string or two withe their very deep pockets to make this kind of thing happen. I'm not is slow right now and there money is very green.

Oh, the irony
By thekdub on 11/16/09, Rating: 0
"Vista runs on Atom ... It's just no one uses it". -- Intel CEO Paul Otellini

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