Making Money From The Apple Store

I had to take my wife to a doctor’s appointment today and decided to hit up the Apple Store in Oakridge Centre since it’s just across the street from the doctor’s office. I generally enjoy going to an Apple Store. It alway amazes me that Apple would need such a big store to sell such a small line of products. The formula seems to work however. Apple stores are the most profitable stores in the world, with average sales per square foot of $4,500. The flagship store in New York does almost $1 million a day.

The best thing I like about the Apple Store is you’re free to stay and fool around with the Macs, iPhones and iPods for as long as you want. They even have nice “One to One” tables where you can sit your butt down in front of a Macbook Pro and work away, which is exactly what I did.

During my hour at the Apple Store, I tweeted on Twitter, check my Gmail, chatted on Instant Messenger, changed all the Mac homepages to John Chow dot Com, added my RSS to all the Safari browsers, sent out 46,000 emails and made $1,500. And then it hit me. This truly is the Dot Com Lifestyle. As long as I have access to a computer and the Internet, I really can make money from anywhere in the world.

In many ways, making money from the Apple Store is even better than making it from the office at home. For one thing, the Apple Store has blazing fast Internet!

The Internet Speed at The Apple Store

Another bonus of running your business from the Apple Store is you get to make fun of all the “geniuses” at the Genius Bar. Don’t ask them what the stock symbol for Apple is. They don’t know.

*In case Apple is reading this. I did not used your Macs or store network to send out 46,000 emails. I just used your Mac to connect to my Aweber account. Please don’t ban me from the stores!

40 thoughts on “Making Money From The Apple Store”

  1. Glen Allsopp says:

    Haha, only you, John. The internet speed is pretty insane. It makes me realise how bad we have it here in South Africa.

    1. Not only in South Africa even in many Asian countries you can see very slow internet connectivity.

      1. Jhay says:

        Agreed! We’ve been languishing in appalling internet speeds here in the Philippines for decades now.

  2. Haha…While you’re checking your emails John, might as well use one of their cables to charge your iphone in the meantime!

  3. I’m serious John, I’m going to have to one up you on this! Haha. I might just have to head down to the store and switch all of the homepages to my site 🙂

    1. Do it for a few days and your Alexa ranking will increase with that 🙂

  4. I’m going to have to try doing exactly this sometime.

  5. When I visit internet cafes I always changed the home page to my blog. :o)

  6. Diabetis says:

    I thought that youare going to talk about how you able to make money from an Apple store but this is just a rant.

    1. Time = Money , John made money by using time management skills and Apples bandwidth

      1. Diabetis says:

        I never said any time on my post.

        The title does not fit the article.

        1. The title match to my logic but it may because i have imperfect grammar — as same as John i guess. 😀

  7. I ve done similar stuff at the Apple Stores in Toronto at Eaton’s Centre – downtown

    I even kept my blog home page open on a few laptops when I left..

    I love the guys there , they don’t interrupt your browsing experience… I even asked one of them for a free Apple Tshirt , the guys working there have a good collection of Apple Tshirts

  8. I hope to visit an apple store soonand explore this fantastic internet speed

  9. Apple company founders started their project in a garage and when they wanted to brand their product thay happened to see an apple left there…suddenly Apple Brand Popped Up

  10. dave says:

    “changed all the Mac homepages to John Chow dot Com” LOL. I am surprised they didn’t hit you up with a SPAM complaint! 😉

  11. fas says:

    Is that speed? Or lighting?

  12. Dan Mihaliak says:

    Hi John
    I know what you mean about making money anywhere. I was sitting on the porch of my beach home in the Philippines watching a beautiful sunrise and making money on my computer. It’s great!

    1. Ramnath says:

      Haha.. I must be dreaming reading the post and the comments.

  13. That is some seriously fast internet. We are really left sucking on the hind tit down here in South Africa, with slow speeds and expensive bandwidth. You have to pay per MB down here….

    1. marita says:

      Pay per MB? You have my sympathy 🙂

  14. that’s really interesting. I have moved to Germany now and still trying to learn the left and right here. Especially finding an internet cafe is pain in the a. Anyway great tip, I’ll try to find an Apple store tonight.

  15. Adam Struve says:

    Not bad as long as you’re away the various security issues while you’re doing it. Make sure any sensitive things you’re doing are over a secure connection, but yet again you’re on a public machine that you have no idea what is installed on or who has used it before you.

    1. John Chow says:

      You need admin status to install any programs on the store machines. Part of Apple Store security.

      1. hahaha.. one of those geeks are going to install a keylogger to thier macs and hack into your website… that will the day… lmao

        1. John Chow says:

          Wouldn’t work. I don’t using the keyboard to log into my sites. All my passwords are stored on a 1Password secured HTML file on a flash drive. I copy and paste the pass to log in.

  16. Wynne says:

    You are dead right join. Have internet connection? Can make money.

  17. “changed all the Mac homepages to ‘insert your website here’, added my RSS to all the Safari browsers”

    so funny! I’ve done that!

  18. Glenn Magas says:

    wow- and i feel guilty when I’m sitting there working on the computers! I love the Apple Store! Now I have a good excuse to go ‘shopping’ with my wife.

    The dot com lifestyle is what I want!!!

  19. Cash Genie says:

    Amazing stats really inspiring, though one has to be so much popular to earn $1500 in an hour.

  20. Mathew Day says:

    Way to be resourceful John. Crank-out a G or two while you browse the Apple Store, now that’s brilliant and cool. 🙂

  21. That is indeed the dot-com lifestyle that many of us aspire to.

    I love how you changed the computers’ homepages!

  22. Wow, you make money from everywhere John. I think i will try this since the internet speed seems great.

  23. Certainly this is the best way …

    But I would recommend this only when you visit apple store.

    Visiting apple store only for this is not at all vital decision.

  24. Free Picks says:

    WOW thats amazing internet speed, i wish i ca get that downloading speed

  25. thanks I’m going to have to try doing exactly this sometime.

  26. jtGraphic says:

    Didn’t you talk about this once before when you went to China?

  27. Sharninder says:

    Wow ! That is some internet speed your Apple store has. Here in India, the local Apple store’s speed is terrible. I have a better line than them at my home.

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