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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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Sat 7th Aug 2010 12:21 UTC
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

Armchair economists. It doesn't matter what you say, Apple can't build them quickly enough they're selling so well. Businesses need, and use the power and will pay the price willingly. The Mac Pro is a high grade workstation, like any other. If you can't plonk down the cash for one without batting an eyelid, then they're not for you. The iMac is designed for you, and if you want expandability, buy a PC because Apple is just one consumer vendor out of many.

Why do we even discuss this, honestly?

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by TheGZeus on Sat 7th Aug 2010 16:32 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

Because the 'free market' only works with an informed consumer.

They're informing the consumer, armchair economist.

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by alcibiades on Sat 7th Aug 2010 21:23 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
alcibiades Member since:
2005-10-12

That's what they are saying, Kroc. They are saying, buy a PC from a different supplier. It makes more sense, is what they are saying.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by werpu on Sun 8th Aug 2010 12:45 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
werpu Member since:
2006-01-18

Actually given the current pricepoint the MacPro does not make any sense anymore at all. It is just absolutely overpriced period.
I wonder who is buying those machines still.

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by jackeebleu on Mon 9th Aug 2010 19:11 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
jackeebleu Member since:
2006-01-26

Why? Because its easier to complain about a company and its pricing in a cloud of fallacy than in fact.

I just disproved the expense myth and some person had the nerve to tell me that doing an Apple to Apples comparison of Apple vs (other vendor) is not the way to do a comparison. Oh, Im sorry. The way to compare something is not to compare it to a like thing, but rather something that is nothing like it and uses different parts.

Another person decides that Apple's price isn't justifiable when you can build it yourself. And if thats the case, then why bother bringing Apple into the argument in the first place? Cant you build something cheaper than a Dell, HP, Acer in the same way?

The thing thats disappointing is that this vitriol from seemingly intelligent, technically informed people, is at best, misguided, at worst pathetic. Last I checked, no one is forcing anyone to purchase an Apple product. If Apple is selling pixie dust, fine, why begrudge them for it?

Consumers are educated enough that they vote with dollars. And if the keep voting and tell a friend and they in turn vote and carry on, then you understand why Apple is a successful. You can only market for so long until customers realize that they have been duped, ala pet rock, Slap Chop, Enzyte, etc. So its clear that Apple isnt selling false promises, they are selling products that work to people that want them.

Now, please go read a book, recycle something, tell your mother or a stranger you love them, rather than spewing vitriol on things you cant control.

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