Report: Japan Online Retailers Pull Apple Products at Apple’s Request

Several Japanese retailers have pulled Apple products from their online stores at the company’s request, according to a report originating from The Nikkei (via Marketwatch). The retailers in question are considered discount electronics stores that were selling Apple devices below the company’s carefully controlled pricing levels.

One of those retailers, Yodobashi Camera Co., posted a note online that it was halting sales of Apple’s products out of respect for Apple’s wishes, but added that customers could still find them in their brick and mortar locations.

Apple Japan didn’t offer any comment for the story, but the company has long had a practice of maintaining strict controls over the street pricing of its products. In the U.S., Amazon is one of the few retailers to offer even moderate discounts on Macs, iPods, and Apple software, but even there the discounted products aren’t directly advertised.