Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Jul 2009 14:33 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Both IDC and Gartner have released their preliminary figures on the state of the US and worldwide PC market, and while both companies agree that overall, the market declined about 3-5% worldwide, they differ when it comes to the figures of Apple. Quite interesting.
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RE: Apple
by darknexus on Fri 17th Jul 2009 16:41 UTC in reply to "Apple"
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2008-07-15

I think it's more that Apple does not adjust their prices according to the expectations of different parts of the world, rather they usually just convert their USD figure to whatever the local currency is and sell it at that price. In the U.S, Apple is really not that overpriced by comparison to others--yes, you do pay a little extra, but the difference is nowhere near what it is in other parts of the world. Add this to the fact that Apple really concentrates its marketing and other compaigns in the US as opposed to elseware and I think that explains why Apple is rising so much over here. Oh, plus, when you call Apple you usually get someone who speaks English, not some outsourced person from who knows where that you can barely understand and who pretends his name is "Fred" or "Steve." A lot of us over here in the US are not very forgiving of that sort of thing, to be honest, when we say we want someone who speaks English we mean it. I, for one, would expect no less if I called somewhere and said I wanted someone who spoke any other language, being able to understand the customer and be understood by them is very important. Apple has put a lot of effort into its US customer base, though sadly they seem to ignore the rest of the world at the same time.

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RE[2]: Apple
by shotsman on Fri 17th Jul 2009 18:00 in reply to "RE: Apple"
shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

Here in the UK it is not uncommon for companies like Adobe, Apple & even Microsoft to use the

£1 == $1 exchange rate

even though the current rate is

£1 == $1.62 (or thereabouts)

Which is is why it is almost worth flying to NYC and buying Adobe Creative Suite there even with NY's sales tax.

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RE[2]: Apple
by unclefester on Fri 17th Jul 2009 22:39 in reply to "RE: Apple"
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2007-01-13

I think it's more that Apple does not adjust their prices according to the expectations of different parts of the world, rather they usually just convert their USD figure to whatever the local currency is and sell it at that price.

This simply isn't true. In Australia Apple charges at least 50% higher than US prices. Apple prices are at least twice those of equivalent PCs.

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