The retail giant announced last 26 July that it will start carrying Apple's smartwatch at 100 of its U.S. stores, as well as at bestbuy.com, from 7 August, with a further 200 stores stocking it in time for the holiday season.
Consumers visiting Best Buy stores will now be able to choose from the Sport and Watch versions of Apple's wrist-based device. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the priciest "Edition" version, which starts at US$ 10,000, will stay with the Apple Store. It does not make sense having the pricy item gather dust at Best Buy.
Apple Watch accessories such as watch bands, screen shields, stands, and chargers will also be offered at Best Buy.
The move marks the first big effort by the Cupertino company to widen availability of its debut smartwatch as commentators try to figure out just how popular the device is proving to be with the buying public.
Apple has decided to lump the watch's sales figures with those for its iPod line, Apple TV, and accessories, making it impossible to know exact numbers for the device.
Data from research firm Slice Intelligence in May 2015 suggested demand for the Apple Watch dipped significantly in the weeks following the gadget's launch on 24 April, though Apple CEO Tim Cook insisted sales have so far "exceeded expectations," noting that initial sales of the watch were greater than those of both the iPhone and iPad during their early stages of availability.
At launch, the Apple Watch could only be ordered online, though interested consumers could see the watch and try it out at Apple's retail stores. The company only started offering its smartwatch for sale at its physical retails sites from last month, and even then only at a limited number of locations.
Bringing its wearable to Best Buy gives Apple 300 more potentially lucrative sales spots, and even better, offers consumers the chance to handle it, ask questions, and listen to persuasive sales spiel - important factors considering the wider public's apparent lack of interest in smartwatches, a situation Apple and other tech firms are determined to change.