Sunday, October 23, 2005

Mac City

A new Mac store opened in Kuwait called Mac City. Someone told me its supposed to be the largest Mac store in the Middle East, if it is then thats very sad. I past by Mac City tonight expecting a "city" but all I found was a regular shop. I was expecting a large store with loads of Mac's on display and a comfortable atmosphere where I could go mingle with other Mac users. What I got was an average sized store, with only 4 different Macs on display and an atmosphere that wasn't comfortable at all. The store felt very sterile and unfriendly. It was obvious they wanted the store to look like an Apple store but they forgot one important thing, personality. When I walked into Mac City there were two employees, one was in his late 40's while the other was in his late 30's. They didn't seem friendly nor did they look cool. The shop was also very quiet, there wasn't any music playing or anything and every footstep me and Nat took could be heard. We didn't feel comfortable, we quickly walked around checking the prices of the various products and then we left. I wasn't impressed, I was disappointed and not just because of the terrible atmosphere but also because of the prices. Mac City is just like Mac & More, Virgin, IOC and Kamal Sultan... over priced. Mac City had nearly all the Griffin Technology mac accessories but ALL of them were more then double the price of what you can find online. The prices of the Apple hardware were also exactly like the other over priced Mac stores. 2GB nano is KD110, 4GB is KD130. 1GB shuffle is KD58 while 512MB is KD49. 14" iBook is KD578 while the iMac starts at KD574. There are a whole bunch of Mac stores in the market already, this store doesn't differ from them. So far the cheapest Mac store is zMacShop followed by Solize. The best atmosphere is also zMacShop and thats because the 2 guys who run it are young and friendly. Mac City is just one big disappointment. For those of you who want nano's, wait a few days and you should be able to get them from zMacShop for nearly KD50 cheaper.


Blogger Jacqui said...

You brought back memories of the Apple Store in Pentagon Centre where we bought my sister's iBook. It was awesome there was this old guy around 50ish something he was sooo sweet and friendly! I will never forget him, hehe the store had been open for 3 days at the time we arrived and the iBooks 12inch were sold out well almost since they just got a new shipment in.

Also the Genius Bar in Apple Store in Saint Louis was amazing, customer satisifaction is above everything else to them. My sister walked in with her mini that would freeze up after playing three songs and restart itself, they tried to fix it, in the end they replaced it with a brand new one right there on the spot.

10:50 PM, October 23, 2005  
Blogger Mark said...

well check this picture out

this was the Apple Store in Soho. Its huge, two floors and located in what used to be a firestation. its was packed with people and there were tons of macs all over the place all connected to the internet. people would just come in check their email and fidget with whatever mac hardware that was on display. upstairs there was a huge genius bar packed with people getting help. there was also a small theater were apple employees demonstrated the latest software and showed people some nice tips and tricks.

thats and apple store.

10:56 PM, October 23, 2005  
Blogger 3baid said...

Couldn't agree more.

11:34 PM, October 23, 2005  
Blogger *pizzazz* said...

i thought it would be different!
oh well..
thanx for saving me a trip to shuwaikh ;)
i owe u..

12:07 AM, October 24, 2005  
Blogger So Blue said...

My comment is here..

4:47 AM, October 27, 2005  
Blogger Hattorihanzo said...

Hay Mark!, I desided to make my own site check it out

11:00 PM, October 29, 2005  
Blogger Nadia said...

I'm a little slow, but i'm just happy to know that there are mac stores here. I just started driving here not to long ago and had only been able to check out Virgin which was ridiculous since they carried mac hardware but now software, didn't make any sense to me and well it overpriced.

If Mac City is dissapointing, can anyone recommend another store to buy software for macs?

12:10 PM, October 31, 2005  

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