Comments on: Palm Retail Roundup Update

After the strong response to last month's story on Palm product presence at major brick and mortar retailers, PIC will be posting periodic reports from the retail frontlines showcasing Palm's "traditional" sales outlets.

A trip this past weekend to the local big box emporiums found several news-worthy items. Read on for the full story.

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Another good report!

legodude522 @ 11/8/2006 6:01:42 AM # Q
Thanks for writing up another good report. Unfortunatly things aren't so bright everywhere. I went to BestBuy the other day and there were just 2 Palms and they were nonworking.

My CompUSA usually keeps a neat display. Usually 4 device and quite a few accessories.

Staples seems to have the best displays in my experience. Similar to CompUSA. Lots of software too.(some old)

Palm m125 > Palm Zire 71 > Tapwave Zodiac 1 > Palm Zire 72 > Sharp Zaurus SL-C1000

RE: Another good report!
hkklife @ 11/8/2006 9:36:19 AM # Q
Thanks for the compliment.

I suppose the BB (and most retail chains in general) experience varies by market/store management. I know there are two or three different "tiers" of BB stores. Like one near me is a huge store with appliances. Then a new one on the other side of town is basically a full invetory, reduced sq. footage store but with fewer TVs, much less media and no appliances. Then the closest out of state BB to me is a tiny store with no appliances and reduced inventory in every department.

As far as the retail reports go, I always try to keep in mind the fact that for the "average" consumer, retail is still the main way to learn about new products. The fact that Palm is putting ANY effort into rebranding & repackaging the old E2 and installing new retail displays is a positive sign in that they intend to at least keep the three legacy PDA models going through '07. As the flip side of that coin, seeing the E2 newly rebranded as a "Palm" unit is pretty much the nail in the coffin for the hope of any new handhelds.

At the very least, Palm, throw a bone to TX & E2 owners and give us a ROM update that updates VersaMail, Blazer, PTunes etc!

Pilot 1000-->Pilot 5000-->PalmPilot Pro-->IIIe-->Vx-->m505-->T|T-->T|T2-->T|C-->T|T3-->T|T5-->TX-->Treo 700P

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