Google just tripled the number of retail outlets for Chromebooks! They added Walmart, Staples and a few more retailers to the network, which brought the number of stores selling Chromebooks to 6,600. Here is the official announcement
In addition to Best Buy and Amazon.com, we’re excited to welcome several new retailers to the family. Starting today, Walmart will be making the newest Acer Chromebook, which has a 16GB Solid State Drive (SSD), available in approximately 2,800 stores across the U.S., for just $199. Look for Chromebooks coming to the laptop sections of a Walmart near you this summer.
And beginning this weekend, Staples will bring a mix of Chromebooks from Acer, HP and Samsung to every store in the U.S.—more than 1,500 in total. You can also purchase via Staples online, while businesses can purchase through the Staples Advantage B2B program. In the coming months select Office Depot, OfficeMax, and regional chains Fry’s and TigerDirect locations will begin selling Chromebooks.
If you are visiting Walmart to check out Chromebooks, you will get to see only the $199 Acer version (with SSD not HDD). Staples will sell more brands, HP and Samsung along with Acer. However, this may change quickly since Google says they are working hard to get more brands available through more retailers in more countries.
Okay, I have heard that “more countries” talk a lot, so I am not excited about that part. But the idea of bringing Chromebooks closer to more shoppers is of course a welcome move.