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(All Things D)   Google stores? Not so fast, says Senior VP at Google   (allthingsd.com) divider line 19
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2013-02-27 01:28:40 PM  
As an executive of a public company, Rubin has to be careful about how he answers questions like this, lest it affect the stock price.  So I'd avoid reading anything into the company's future plans based on these statements.

I do think Google's making a big mistake if they believe their current retail strategy is sufficient for their growing hardware business, though.

Online ordering for Nexus phones is backlogged practically until the next model comes out.

The Google TV platform is such a flop that it makes first-gen Apple TV look like a compelling product.

And when Ur-Fanboy and Solitary Google+ User Jeff Jarvis is complaining about the ordeal of trying to check out a Chromebook Pixel at a local Best Buy, you should know something's wrong.

But on the other hand, copying the Apple Store chain model hasn't worked very well for Microsoft.  So I don't know what the solution is.
 
2013-02-27 01:42:24 PM  

poot_rootbeer: But on the other hand, copying the Apple Store chain model hasn't worked very well for Microsoft. So I don't know what the solution is.


I think it could help Google more than Microsoft, since until recently MS only had the Xbox as their own hardware, and the rest was showing off software on partners' hardware. People who want a laptop don't go to a Microsoft Store, they go to Best Buy, Costco, or direct online.
 
2013-02-27 02:25:52 PM  
If you Google "Google Store" you are sucked into the Internet, never to be seen again. Let's start that rumor right now.
 
2013-02-27 02:39:13 PM  
"I just wanted to call this press conference to let you know I have nothing to say."
 
2013-02-27 04:00:03 PM  

poot_rootbeer: As an executive of a public company, Rubin has to be careful about how he answers questions like this, lest it affect the stock price.  So I'd avoid reading anything into the company's future plans based on these statements.

I do think Google's making a big mistake if they believe their current retail strategy is sufficient for their growing hardware business, though.

Online ordering for Nexus phones is backlogged practically until the next model comes out.

The Google TV platform is such a flop that it makes first-gen Apple TV look like a compelling product.

And when Ur-Fanboy and Solitary Google+ User Jeff Jarvis is complaining about the ordeal of trying to check out a Chromebook Pixel at a local Best Buy, you should know something's wrong.

But on the other hand, copying the Apple Store chain model hasn't worked very well for Microsoft.  So I don't know what the solution is.


My guess is Google's just holding their cards close, but are indeed planning retail stores in the near future, much for the reasons you mentioned. And I think they'll be successful, where MS has failed, as long as the stores match Google's character.
 
2013-02-27 04:23:43 PM  
They should open a mall kiosk right outside every apple store that is located in a traditional enclosed mall. Apple is pretty smart about only putting their stores in demographically wealthy locals which guarantee good sales and a high profile. Google would save money on rent and if one day they decide they don't want stores anymore they can put an end to it much faster than if they had a traditional store.
 
2013-02-27 04:54:10 PM  
If I want a google phone, I'll pay for it over the internet and then 3-D print it and download the properly licensed phone guts like the good Google Lord intended.
 
2013-02-27 05:07:56 PM  
Damn it Rubin, I just want to try on Glass to see what it's like. Can't you give me that much?

Seriously, you guys do more wacky R&D projects than anyone. We're familiar with phones, so unless it's a "you can only appreciate this screen in person," kinda deal.. no, you don't need your own retail. Setting up demos of NFC, AR, and other tech you're pushing that would have the consumer interacting with the technology in a new way; you know, engaging them and getting them excited about your future offerings? It'd be pretty good for that.
 
2013-02-27 05:14:28 PM  
The good new is retail space should be cheap, because all the other stores at the mall are going out of business.
 
2013-02-27 06:39:26 PM  
What am I buying at a Google store again? Search?  How much is search per pound?  Don't they have that at Trader Joe's just repackaged?
 
2013-02-27 06:59:06 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: What am I buying at a Google store again? Search?  How much is search per pound?  Don't they have that at Trader Joe's just repackaged?


Same thing you're buying at an Apple store... Inspiration.
 
2013-02-27 07:36:19 PM  
Even though Google stores sound like a great idea in theory, Google already sells their products at little-to-no margin. If they opened retail stores and kept the same pricing strategy; they would lose money selling products.
 
2013-02-27 09:43:05 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: What am I buying at a Google store again? Search?  How much is search per pound?  Don't they have that at Trader Joe's just repackaged?


The same thing people are buying at Microsoft Stores -- not much.
 
2013-02-27 09:46:05 PM  
Google stores make no sense because Google's primary product will just steal the others.
 
2013-02-27 10:19:55 PM  

digistil: Soup4Bonnie: What am I buying at a Google store again? Search?  How much is search per pound?  Don't they have that at Trader Joe's just repackaged?

Same thing you're buying at an Apple store... Inspiration.


If Apple had a cologne, what would it smell like?
 
2013-02-28 12:18:51 AM  

bambi121899: digistil: Soup4Bonnie: What am I buying at a Google store again? Search?  How much is search per pound?  Don't they have that at Trader Joe's just repackaged?

Same thing you're buying at an Apple store... Inspiration.

If Apple had a cologne, what would it smell like?


Who cares what it smells like; look how shiny the bottle is and NO SEAMS!!
 
2013-02-28 12:31:52 AM  

echoshizzle: Even though Google stores sound like a great idea in theory, Google already sells their products at little-to-no margin. If they opened retail stores and kept the same pricing strategy; they would lose money selling products.


Amazon sells everything at cost or less, and is treated as the bestest and most innovative company ever.
 
2013-02-28 12:38:23 AM  

ProfessorOhki: bambi121899: digistil: Soup4Bonnie: What am I buying at a Google store again? Search?  How much is search per pound?  Don't they have that at Trader Joe's just repackaged?

Same thing you're buying at an Apple store... Inspiration.

If Apple had a cologne, what would it smell like?

Who cares what it smells like; look how shiny the bottle is and NO SEAMS!!


Lol, nice.
 
2013-03-02 06:52:09 PM  

poot_rootbeer: As an executive of a public company, Rubin has to be careful about how he answers questions like this, lest it affect the stock price.  So I'd avoid reading anything into the company's future plans based on these statements.

I do think Google's making a big mistake if they believe their current retail strategy is sufficient for their growing hardware business, though.

Online ordering for Nexus phones is backlogged practically until the next model comes out.

The Google TV platform is such a flop that it makes first-gen Apple TV look like a compelling product.

And when Ur-Fanboy and Solitary Google+ User Jeff Jarvis is complaining about the ordeal of trying to check out a Chromebook Pixel at a local Best Buy, you should know something's wrong.

But on the other hand, copying the Apple Store chain model hasn't worked very well for Microsoft.  So I don't know what the solution is.


I can order a Nexus 4 with 1-2 weeks shipping right now. But don't let facts get in the way of whatever the hell it is you're getting at.
 
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