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    Talking Apple Store - Canberra

    Could it be true, is an Apple Store finally being built in Canberra?

    SEEK - Apple Retail Genius - New Store Opening - Canberra Job in ACT

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    I'm so excited. I love Apple, but it is annoying traveling to Sydney every time I need to go to an Apple Store. To have one in Canberra is one of the best things ever.

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    It will undoubtedly be in Civic, that will certainly kill off the two Mac1 stores in City West and Canberra Centre.

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    WOOHOO!

    THis is great news

    Saw it first on a local website -> riotACT
    A real Apple store for Canberra? | The RiotACT

    then headed straight over to ifoapplestore... and voila it is there on their main page
    Very good!

    Hopefully not Belconnen or Woden... I also would prefer Civic... in the new end of the Canberra Centre would be great
    Not sure I recall seeing any empty shops though - apart from the Grocer doing reno... that I think the sign also says Travel Centre are moving in with them.
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    All you posters must have amnesia! There already was a 'genuine' Apple Centre in Canberra. It was located in the Fulton Muir building at the ANU on the corner of Barry Drive and North Road. In fact the Apple logo can still be seen on the side of the building (though I haven't been past there in a while). When the Apple Centre closed due to inadequate space the former Apple Centre staff transfered to the new Civic MAC1 store. Why Apple closed their only Canberra store is a mystery? (if they needed larger premises why didn't they just move into where the Civic MAC1 store is?). Interestingly when I asked one of the MAC1 staff a while back he insisted they are in fact Apple employed staff and that MAC1 is in fact Apple, but this can't be true since MAC1 are just an Apple authorised reseller, albet one with their own Apple like retail stores which is why they're mistaken for being genuine Apple stores.

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    The building you are referring to was the MAC1 ANU store...
    it still exists - they just moved to new premises in Hutton St (near Childers St)

    MAC1 have three locations in Canberra, ANU, Canberra Centre, and Fyshwick.
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    As you said... MAC1 is an Apple Premium Reseller are allowed to use the Apple logo (thus it was on their original building).
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJY View Post
    The building you are referring to was the MAC1 ANU store...
    it still exists - they just moved to new premises in Hutton St (near Childers St)

    MAC1 have three locations in Canberra, ANU, Canberra Centre, and Fyshwick.

    As you said... MAC1 is an Apple Premium Reseller are allowed to use the Apple logo (thus it was on their original building).
    Are you sure they were MAC1 as the logo/word 'MAC1' never appeared anywhere on or in the building, only the words 'Apple Centre' along with the Apple logo appeared thus I always understood it was a 'genuine' Apple store.
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    We've never had a proper Apple store. This is great news. Mac1 do not sell iPhones, how annoying was that when the 4S was coming out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAvenger View Post
    Are you sure they were MAC1 as the logo/word 'MAC1' never appeared anywhere on or in the building, only the words 'Apple Centre' along with the Apple logo appeared thus I always understood it was a 'genuine' Apple store.
    Yup, it's Mac1 which is an Apple reseller but that's about it. I should know as I've probably bought $150k worth of gear from them over the year (or referred others), but a "Apple" store it is not. The civic store and the one on hutton st are styled to 'look' like apple stores though and although I've come to know a few of the guys that work there I'll be glad to see an actual Apple store here in Canberra. If they put it in the canberra centre I'm not sure how the civic guys will take it but Fyshwick and ANU should be fine I would think.

    I've never been to a real Apple store though so this will be a first for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAvenger View Post
    Are you sure they were MAC1 as the logo/word 'MAC1' never appeared anywhere on or in the building, only the words 'Apple Centre' along with the Apple logo appeared thus I always understood it was a 'genuine' Apple store.
    Before Apple Retail stores, resellers/dealers were allowed to call themselves an "Apple Centre", but when Apple started opening retail stores they made all the existing resellers change their name, hence MAC1, Digital Appeal, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAvenger View Post
    Are you sure they were MAC1 as the logo/word 'MAC1' never appeared anywhere on or in the building, only the words 'Apple Centre' along with the Apple logo appeared thus I always understood it was a 'genuine' Apple store.
    The ANU Apple Centre used to be owned by ANUTech, which resided in that building. I used to work for them. Mac1 then bought them out when ANUTech was discovered to have lost 4 million dollars in revenue (it was supposed, from memory, to be a commercial arm of the ANU). When I was a child, ANUTech/PCTech resided in the end rooms of one of the Childers St "temporary buildings" (long since demolished) two doors from my father's room. We bought our first Mac from there back in 1988 or '89, an Apple Macintosh 512k Extended.

    As Bogus Jimmy pointed out, Apple resellers who exclusively sold Apple computers and related products could be called an Apple Centre and use the logo. Apple paid for some of their store development costs at one stage too.

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    So where do we think this Apple Store will end up?
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    QIC eyes new store for Civic centre

    Somewhere in Civic Centre around Target area maybe? That corner?
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    The Mac1 AppleCentre in the Canberra Centre?

    Let's face it will be vacant within a month of the Apple Store opening anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bartron View Post
    Yup, it's Mac1 which is an Apple reseller but that's about it. I should know as I've probably bought $150k worth of gear from them over the year (or referred others), but a "Apple" store it is not. The civic store and the one on hutton st are styled to 'look' like apple stores though and although I've come to know a few of the guys that work there I'll be glad to see an actual Apple store here in Canberra. If they put it in the canberra centre I'm not sure how the civic guys will take it but Fyshwick and ANU should be fine I would think.

    I've never been to a real Apple store though so this will be a first for me
    It has always mystified me why anybody would buy from Mac 1.

    Maybe you could enlighten me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAvenger View Post
    All you posters must have amnesia! There already was a 'genuine' Apple Centre in Canberra. It was located in the Fulton Muir building at the ANU on the corner of Barry Drive and North Road. In fact the Apple logo can still be seen on the side of the building (though I haven't been past there in a while). When the Apple Centre closed due to inadequate space the former Apple Centre staff transfered to the new Civic MAC1 store. Why Apple closed their only Canberra store is a mystery? (if they needed larger premises why didn't they just move into where the Civic MAC1 store is?). Interestingly when I asked one of the MAC1 staff a while back he insisted they are in fact Apple employed staff and that MAC1 is in fact Apple, but this can't be true since MAC1 are just an Apple authorised reseller, albet one with their own Apple like retail stores which is why they're mistaken for being genuine Apple stores.
    Now that you mention it I must be suffering from amnesia!

    What you remember bears absolutely no resemblance to anything I remember. Absolutely nothing. Hardly worth going through every discrepency.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biallystock View Post

    It has always mystified me why anybody would buy from Mac 1.

    Maybe you could enlighten me?[COLOR="Silver"]
    They sell Macs in boxes no different to any other Mac you can get in a box and they were across the road from work which was much more convenient that getting it in the post from Apple.

    So purchasing, not an issue. Getting repairs done is a different matter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biallystock View Post
    The Mac1 AppleCentre in the Canberra Centre?

    Let's face it will be vacant within a month of the Apple Store opening anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bartron View Post
    They sell Macs in boxes no different to any other Mac you can get in a box and they were across the road from work which was much more convenient that getting it in the post from Apple.

    So purchasing, not an issue. Getting repairs done is a different matter.
    Never could get anything resembling a discount from them, which is why I gave them a pass.

    The staff's frequent ignorance of Macs and Mac products is another reason to not bother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJY View Post
    Too small
    Just me being facetious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biallystock View Post
    Never could get anything resembling a discount from them, which is why I gave them a pass.

    The staff's frequent ignorance of Macs and Mac products is another reason to not bother.
    most resellers won't. They aren't like JB that can take a cut on Macs in the hope you buy a few dvd's while you're there, not to mention Apple puts restrictions on how much resellers can sell items at.

    Salespeople being ignorant is not limited to Mac1 either, and on the flip side there are some quite knowledgeable staff there as well (moreso at the ANU store in my experience). If you know more (or think you do) then just walk in and say "I want to buy blah" and they'll give it to you.

    back on topic though, I don't see the Mac1 store in the canberra centre surviving long with an Apple store next door unless they change something or offer some service the Apple store doesn't. That shop is set up to emulate the clean lines of an Apple store without being one so it's kinda like a "pretend" apple store. Most people I assume will want the real deal. I could perhaps see them packing up and moving to Belconnen or Woden instead though. They've had a good run where they are in the absence of Apple.
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    Isn't the store going in Garema Place opposite Roger Bartholemew? Must be getting close to opening now?

    ---------- Post added at 08:47 PM ---------- Previous post was at 08:45 PM ----------

    Oh can also verify the "Apple store" at ANU was never an Apple store as we know it today.
    People never notice anything.

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