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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RE: I don't get it...
by Thinkcat on Tue 10th Aug 2010 13:42 UTC in reply to "I don't get it..."
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> I really don't see what goal of the article is.

I think you just do not want to see it.

> I don't understand why people complain about Apple that much.

Then by all means listen to them. Your dislike of their opinion keeps you from understanding. It looks quite weak if the only way to disagree with them is to hate what they are saying.

If there is one thing that shows a cult-like thinking within the ranks of Apple users, it is that the critics of no other HW manufacturer get routinely called scum and full of shit. "You dared to criticize Apple. You disgusting lowlife piece of sticky waste!"

Apple fanboys often say "nobody forces you to buy from Apple". But that is not the point. Nobody really forces anyone to buy anything. We should shut down Consumer Reports, because really, nobody is forcing anyone to buy any of the products they review.

Rule one of computer reviews: Only products that are forced on people should be discussed and written about.

It is these cult-like tactics of derailing and stonewalling discussion that most perfectly reveal a cultish mindset.

"You don't need to discuss this, you don't need to write this article, there is no point in here, don't touch the subject, it's none of your business, like it or leave it" and so on. Well, someone felt the need to discuss this and write an article. And I, for one, see a point there.

Referring to another poster, he said that I can complain about Nike sneakers and Vuitton products and other overpriced things. But somehow I can't complain about Apple.

I'd say "leave my sneakers and my girlfriend's handbags alone. You don't need to buy them. If you need to complain, then please go and complain about an overpriced computer for instance." Sounds silly, I know.

"You hurt your toe, huh? Well, do not complain about that. Complain about your head for a chance. What? Your head is not hurting now. What has that to do with anything? I just said, you should complain about something else and leave your toe out of this."

There is no such reaction to Nike or Vuitton, because even if someone does identify with his sneakers or her handbag, they do not introduce themselves as "Nike users" or "Vuitton handbag users". But some people feel insulted because they do openly identify with their Mac. It is the strongest fashion statement of the three, it seems.

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