Apple products set to return to Costco after four years [Update]

Update – August 20th, 2014: Those interested in scooping up the iPhone 5s or 5c from Costco will be able to effective Friday, Aug 22nd. This signifies a return of Apple’s smartphone in the big box retailer, courtesy of GLENTel’s Wireless etc. brand, since the iPhone 4 launched in 2010 – IH

Update – August 22nd, 2014: As expected, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are now in stock at Costco locations across Canada. The iPhone 5s is available in space grey and gold, while the blue and white 5c are available. – IH

Costco members haven’t been able to buy Apple products at their favourite warehouse since 2010, the days of the iPhone 4 and the original, first generation iPad. Even then, the chain only sold Apple products in its physical stores and not online. That’s all about to change, though.

Late last month, Costco USA started selling Apple electronics via its website. Now, Costco Canada is reportedly set to do the same. iPhone in Canada cites sources that say Apple will carry the iPod touch and iPod nano as well as the Retina and non-Retina versions of the iPad mini and the iPad Air.

The discounts won’t be huge compared to Apple’s Canadian prices. Right now, Apple is selling the 16 GB iPod nano for $150, while Costco will apparently offer the same device for $144. The 16 GB iPod touch will also be available for $5 off ($215 versus $220). The 32 GB model will be the same price through Apple or Costco. The biggest savings will be on iPads. Though the 16 GB first gen iPad mini is only $5 less than Apple’s pricing, the 16 GB 4th gen iPad is $10 off ($389 at Costco). The 16 GB and 32 GB Retina display iPad Mini, and the 32 GB and 64 GB iPad Air will all be available at a $20 discount.

The decision for Costco to stop selling Apple products way back in 2010 was a mutual one, but neither company has commented on the reasoning for this about face. Apple’s products have yet to show up on Costco’s Canadian site, but iPhone in Canada reports that the new Guelph location set to open on July 25 will be the first to stock iPads and iPods.

[source]iPhone in Canada[/source]