Google retail stores may open this year in U.S.

By Rick
Feb 18, 2013
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  1. Citing an "extremely reliable source", 9to5Google reports that the iconic search company intends to launch its own network of brick-and-mortar retail stores across the United States. According to the report, the company hopes to introduce a select number of these...

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,009   +681

    Apple's stores are successful because they have something to sell. Dell and Gateway's stores were a joke because they didn't have any inventory. When people go to the store to buy something they expect to leave with more than an order confirmation. People just went to best buy or Comp USA (back then) and they could actually buy a computer the same day.

    What's Google going to sell us? Ads? If anything they should sell android phones. Best Buy and Radio Shack have had a lot of success being able to offer phones from each carrier. I don't see a Chromebook store being able to sustain itself.
  3. SCJake

    SCJake Newcomer, in training Posts: 80

    The things they'll really be pushing are their nexus devices. That and chromebooks/google glass. The only way I see this really working would be if they could get vz/sprint/tmobile/att/whoeverelse to partner up with them and allow them to activate phones/chrome/glass data plans in-store.

    Google's main pitfall is that it's stuck working with those morons to keep their devices active. T-Mobile and Sprint are the only ones I really feel as honest, and HSPA+ networks around here are just so hit and miss while Sprint's phone lineup is pretty lame (no "Droid" branded devices)
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,781   +700

    Opening brick & mortar stores seems really fashionable nowadays. It remains to be seen if it will be successful though more than likely it will.
  5. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TechSpot Booster Posts: 571   +98

    The same reason Microsoft did it, mindshare amongst consumers.

    A lot of people don't even know their phone is running Android not Droid, Verizon, HTC, Samsung, and even more don't know Google makes Android. In order to gain customer loyalty they need to establish mindshare amongst their existing consumer-base and to draw in new non price-sensitive customers.


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