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Old Mar 25th, 2006, 11:45 AM   #1
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Apple Store in New Delhi, India

While on a trip to India my family and I stopped into a Shoppers Stop mall complex in New Delhi (had to pick up some ammenities for our trip) and I stumbled across what looked like an Apple Store. It wasn't official as it had no signage on the storefront but it didn't look like a reseller (maybe the signage wasn't up yet). It was at the extreme end of a hallway stretch and the only indication that there was anything there was a standup sign indicating an authorized iPod reseller. Inside though it was loaded up just like any other Apple Store (iMacs, iBooks, PowerBooks, iPods, software, etc.) Similiar to the Yorkdale store but not quite as big.

It seemed like a quirky store to run across while in India but the mall complex was a very Western outfit with Nike, Reebok, Beneton, etc stores (all very expensive). I needed a plug adapter so that I could charge my iBook battery. At the Apple Store I would have had to purchase either a complete power adapter or the cable end if it were available and I didn't want to even look at the price. It was far more fun and far cheaper to find a local shop and haggle the price of down to about $2.50 CDN (90 Rupees)
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Old Mar 25th, 2006, 12:00 PM   #2
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I think they would need a nice store there given the population of that city 13.8 million people.
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Old Mar 25th, 2006, 12:13 PM   #3
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Well I guess now that all the call centers and tech support are landing there the natives are earning money with which to purchase consumer goods.
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Well the wage gap is still huge for comparable jobs between NA and India but at least the middle class is growing. Before you only had the super-rich (and I mean super-rich by NA standards as well) and dirt poor.

The market potential is simply massive.
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Well I guess now that all the call centers and tech support are landing there the natives are earning money with which to purchase consumer goods.
i don't quite think that call centres and tech support have anything to do with the ability to purchase consumer goods. none of the people working in those places will be anywhere near rich enough to purchase an Apple product. and few of them would even care to.

my Family in India is a mac user family, and they are all fairly well off in order to be able to afford a mac. so don't be thinking that jagjit singh and yogathan kumaranathan who work for DELL call centre will be going and picking up an iMac anytime soon.

Delhi is a very expensive city. ya sure lots of other things are way cheaper in India, you're not going to Mcdonalds and paying 6-7 bucks for a combo, you can get tailored clothing with high quality materials for way cheaper than what Harry Rosen would charge. but you can easily spend hundreds of dollars on a night out with your buddies...


so, there is a reason that the apple store is opening in Delhi, not in Bangladesh or in UP. the hot spots where they have a market. would be Delhi, or Bombay, and a few other places.
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When are they going to open up an Apple store in Sahara Africa?
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LOL good one dude.
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When are they going to open up an Apple store in Sahara Africa?
Now this just speaks ignorism. Sahara is not a country or a city. Bombay and Delhi are huge cities and have an upper class than can afford anything that they desire. Such stores cater to that class and not the general public.

The store the reader mentioned is an "Apple Centre" .
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And where do New Delhi customers call for tech support--Sudbury?

I believe the relevant aphorism involves you being bitten unaware by something you don't recognize, perhaps irony, perhaps in the face.

(I tried to make that a gentle rebuke, but perhaps did not succeed.)

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Now this just speaks ignorism. Sahara is not a country or a city. Bombay and Delhi are huge cities and have an upper class than can afford anything that they desire. Such stores cater to that class and not the general public.

The store the reader mentioned is an "Apple Centre" .
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It's called Mumbai not Bombay.
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