Linked by Universal Mind on Fri 6th Aug 2010 16:16 UTC
Apple The "Macs are too expensive" argument is one of the most tiresome and long-lived flamewars in internet history. Obviously, Apple makes a premium product and charges premium prices, and you can always find a computer from another vendor that seems to match or exceed specs that costs less. But if you look at Apple's Mac Pro line, and compare it not so much to other vendors, but to the past lineup of Mac Pros, you discover some very unpleasant truths that help explain why Apple is enjoying record earnings for their Mac line, but doing so to the detriment of some its most loyal and valuable customers.
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memory ouch..
by cheradenine on Mon 9th Aug 2010 13:30 UTC
cheradenine
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2010-08-07

Wow, now the pricing is out it's really bad.

My 8-core shipped with 2Gb, but *6* empty slots.

3 years later, new machines ship with 3Gb and *1* empty slot (that you can only fill with another 1Gb before having to chuck it all).

Price difference retail (http://is.gd/ea0Md)
3x1Gb = £67.20
3x2Gb = £111.74
= +£44.54

Price difference from Dell (configuring Alienware Aurora)
= +£76.59 (or, >70% above retail margin)

Price difference from Apple for Mac Pro
= +£180 (or, >400% above retail margn)

As rimmer said, "Out to lunch, breakfast, dinner, tea, supper, the lot. He's not in for a single meal, if you ask me."

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