Dell to halt mall kiosk sales

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Dell is backing away from one of the ways it was looking to increase sales beyond its website and phone orders.

The computer maker says it will close its shopping mall kiosks in the U.S.

There are currently 140 Dell shopping mall kiosks, but these days, Dell is selling computers and other devices in more than 10,000 stores around the world, including Wal-Marts and Best Buy.

Dell began opening the kiosks in 2002 to boost sales of notebook computers, which didn't fit as well within the company's practice of selling directly to customers over the Internet and by phone.

More than other customers, people considering notebooks wanted to see and feel the machines before buying them.

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