Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Aug 2013 22:24 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "The Meanings of Googliness" and "The Meanings of Appleiness".

The sad thing is not that this is apparently a thing - no, the sad thing is that people actually believe this to be true. If you believe Apple and Google really care about you as a user, you've already lost the battle.

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kwan_e
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2007-02-18

I totally agree that what I see as a pleasant, enabling, supportive, accessible and helpful interaction with staff at an Apple retail outlet is just a system for selling me stuff. So what? I still prefer it to an interaction with a company that is unpleasant, difficult, unhelpful and tedious.


The "so what" is that you say a corporate character exists, but if it's a facade, then it doesn't really exist. The character of a person, or a corporation, is about what they are, not what face they put on. If a person/corporation puts up a face that is designed to get stuff from you, then that character is what we call "sociopath".

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Bingo.

You're basically saying "I know I'm being lied to and paying 40% margins but hey, they're nice to me so it's okay!"

Imagine any actual person in your life acting like that. You'd be pissed off, and maybe even distance yourself from him/her, right?

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leos Member since:
2005-09-21

Bingo.

You're basically saying "I know I'm being lied to and paying 40% margins but hey, they're nice to me so it's okay!"

Imagine any actual person in your life acting like that. You'd be pissed off, and maybe even distance yourself from him/her, right?


Oh dear Thom, not your rabid bias again. You must get really angry when you go to the supermarket. "No Tesco you're lying to me and charging me 50% markup! You're not my friend anymore!"

Apple is not a person. Google is not a person. Why are you so fixated on trying to liken them to people?
Both companies are there to squeeze maximum profit from their customers. Apple does it by charging premium prices for hardware, Google does it by making the hardware the commodity and delivering advertising to you for the life of the product.

Neither of those people should be your friend. Just use the products that you like and stop obsessing.

Edited 2013-08-14 16:23 UTC

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

It depends whether paying 40% mark-up is important to you? It depends whether them pretending to be nice to you vs actually being nice is important.

I regularly give a 20% tip down a local tapas bar because I like food and the staff are friendly, I am sure it to get my custom again. I give them a nice tip and I get better treatment down there as a well tipping customer. I get what I want nice food and service and they get a little extra on the side.

I know what the deal is, it doesn't matter.

Edited 2013-08-14 17:46 UTC

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