Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Oct 2009 12:51 UTC
Editorial A couple of years ago, a professor at my university had a very interesting thought exchange with the class I was in. We were a small group, and I knew most of them, they were my friends. Anyway, we had a talk about language purism - not an unimportant subject if you study English in The Netherlands.
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RE[3]: Comment by wirespot
by righard on Sun 25th Oct 2009 17:28 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by wirespot"
righard
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2007-12-26

Mac's are more expensive in Europe.

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RE[4]: Comment by wirespot
by wirespot on Sun 25th Oct 2009 17:50 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by wirespot"
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2006-06-21

Compared to Macs in the US, I gather you meant to say. Yes, and in other parts of the world, too. And not just for Macs, all kinds of IT hardware. Some reasons here:
http://www.ifoapplestore.com/stores/exchange_rates.html

In short, taxes, transportation and, last but not least, the buying power of the local currency make the difference. The US dollar has been slipping for some time now, so IT products are priced accordingly to what US citizens can afford. Any manufacturer will push the prices up as much as any given market can bear. They're in for the profit, of course. So it's not that Macs are more expensive in Europe or Japan, it's that they're cheaper in the US because that's what Americans can take.

Besides, I don't see how this argument helps. Even if Macs were more expensive in Europe that the US (compared to the locals spending power), the fact they keep buying them makes all the stronger the argument that they're quality products. You don't keep buying very expensive stuff if it's not worth it, do you?

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RE[5]: Comment by wirespot
by righard on Sun 25th Oct 2009 18:01 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by wirespot"
righard Member since:
2007-12-26

Anonymous Penguin probarbly thought is easyer to find out, that Apple computers are not worth there price, in Europe, because there more expensive here. Not because you're more stupid or richer.

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RE[5]: Comment by wirespot
by twitterfire on Mon 26th Oct 2009 14:53 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by wirespot"
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2008-09-11

You don't keep buying very expensive stuff if it's not worth it, do you?


You keep buying if the marketing is good and if you want to be elite and cool. And because you ended spending a large amount of money you try convincing yourself yiu have bought the best hardware and the best software in the world. And the best support. And the best integration. And you're cool too. And elite.

Geez, I heard that google is planning to throw away their bsd and Linux machines. They are going to buy Os X servers. Yahoo too. Even Microsoft engineers write their software on Os X boxes and secretely send it to build machines to compile. But MS is too ashamed to recognize. Even governments and armies use exclusively Os X and on a little planet out there, the green guys use Os X, too. This is because they know that apple produces the best software and the best hardware. And the best integration. It would be a stupidity on their behalf not to do so. Even MTV is playing music from ipods, and google runs youtube on a giant Ipod that apple designed specially for them.

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