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According to a new report from MacRumors, Costco has reached a new agreement with Apple that will see it eventually carrying iPhones, iPads and other products. The warehouse club chain used to sell iPods, but quit offering them in late 2010 when it and Apple parted ways.

The news comes by way of an internal email sent to employees of Costco’s Wireless Advocates division, informing them of the new partnership. The memo only mentions iPhones and cellular iPads, but Wi-Fi only iPad Air and iPod models have popped up in stores’ inventories…

MacRumors shares the email:

I am extremely excited to share the news of a new partnership between Apple Inc. and Costco Wholesale. This partnership will bring a top selling line-up of Apple products to Costco members including the iPhone and embedded iPads. As Costco’s solution for wireless devices and services, we are proud to be a part of this new partnership and incorporate Apple products into our already strong product line-up in Costco. 

We already know Apple products. They are not new to our business. We currently sell Apple products in two of our three enterprise channels (Car Toys and Military). We already have a great business partnership with them and this new opportunity strengthens that relationship. They are valuable to our long-term success and growth in our space. This initiative will accelerate same store sales through performance gains and new products and services, as well as enhance our strategic partnership with our suppliers. This is critical to the overall success of “Our 5 Strategic Business Initiatives”.

Additionally, the email says that there is still a lot of backend work to be done before stores can begin selling Apple products. It doesn’t offer up any kind of timeline for this work, but it appears Costco has already begun selling iTunes gift cards again, so it may not take too long.

While this news may not seem very significant on the surface, it’s actually a fairly big deal. Costco is the second largest retailer in the United States,   and recently moved into the top 15 list of largest online retailers. As of February 2013, the company had over 70 million paid members.

  • abdullah575

    for 1$ !!!!

  • Agru

    qed

  • Christian Mejía

    Buy 100 iPads for the discounted price of $900,000!

  • blastingbigairs

    Apple must be finally giving Costco a little discount otherwise Costco would have never agreed to this deal. The consumer won’t see a huge discount, but at least it’ll be something. Smart move on Apple’s part, this is awesome news.

  • Jamessmooth

    Yay! This is great news… I love Costco, and their return policy is very Nordstrom-esque. Question is… will they have iPhones and iPads at launch?

  • Ex mea sententia

    Just saw that iTunes cards are back in the local Costco store so this might be true.

  • Loulou

    I phone6 16GB there today Sept 19th for $179 plus $35 activation fee with verizon. Costco vendor in Santa Clara CA, says that the iPhone 5s, 6 & 6+ comes unlocked. Is that correct? Apple and other phone carrier in the US do not sell the iPhone 6 unlocked, at this time.