A tip from a source close to distributors hinted that an Apple Online Store is in the works to cater to Philippine consumers. Could apple.com.ph be launching real soon?
The source reveals that Apple would not allow resellers and distributors to sell any Apple products online. Apple is strict about this and violation could result to a revocation of license/rights.
However, this doesn’t prevent small-time sellers to offer iPods, Macbooks and other Apple products on their sites, blogs or Multiply accounts.
In our region, only Hong Kong and Singapore have online Apple Stores. Maybe the demand for iPods and other Apple products in the Philippines has become sizable enough that it already makes sense for Apple to put up an online store.
Apple gives pretty good margins to distributors/resellers so even if they absorb the overhead of running an online store (in the Philippines) and offer free shipping, they could still be within earshot of profits. I think they can even run all these thru their Singapore hub. What do you guys think?
Watch out for apple.com.ph or store.apple.com/ph — it could be up anytime soon. I might be wrong though. This leak/rumor could be just that — a rumor.