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    Re: Why does Apple charge so much?

    I feel tha heat... flame war coming!

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    Re: Why does Apple charge so much?

    Quote Originally Posted by lykwydchykyn View Post
    I feel tha heat... flame war coming!
    Not from me.

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    Re: Why does Apple charge so much?

    Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pricing.

    A well chosen price should do three things :

    • achieve the financial goals of the company (eg.: profitability)
    • fit the realities of the marketplace (will customers buy at that price?)
    • support a product's positioning and be consistent with the other
      • price is influenced by the type of distribution channel used, the type of promotions used, and the quality of the product variables in the marketing mix
        • price will usually need to be relatively high if manufacturing is expensive, distribution is exclusive, and the product is supported by extensive advertising and promotional campaigns
        • a low price can be a viable substitute for product quality, effective promotions, or an energetic selling effort by distributors



    From the marketers point of view, an efficient price is a price that is very close to the maximum that customers are prepared to pay. In economic terms, it is a price that shifts most of the consumer surplus to the producer. A good pricing strategy would be the one which could balance between the Price floor(the price below which the organization ends up in losses) and the Price ceiling(the price beyond which the organization experiences a no demand situation).
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    Re: Why does Apple charge so much?

    Quote Originally Posted by NintendoTogepi View Post
    2000 for a laptop that can't even play games well?

    Their pricing is insane.

    they do it cos they can
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    Quote Originally Posted by NintendoTogepi View Post
    2000 for a laptop that can't even play games well?

    Their pricing is insane.
    I don't recall Apple marketing to the gaming community.

    They make some of sleekest hardware and software out there: that's why they are expensive. They've always been expensive and they'll probably always be this way. They did, however, just come down a few hundred in price.

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    Re: Why does Apple charge so much?

    If one looks on E-bay, There are a number of older Mac machines that sell well under $40 including the G3. The newer G3's with Tiger OS X and 512 or even 1 GB RAM can be had for around $ 125 +/-. No need to spend $1500 or $2000 on a new Mac when a older one might do.

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    Re: Why does Apple charge so much?

    I believe they've had another record profit this year. And their prices are always UP.

    Interesting.

    If you can't take the price (I don't blame you for that), try OSX86. It's free and it's still laying in a gray area of legality. You won't have the Apple support and software/hardware interoperability edge though.
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    Re: Why does Apple charge so much?

    Quote Originally Posted by the8thstar View Post
    I believe they've had another record profit this year. And their prices are always UP.

    Interesting.

    If you can't take the price (I don't blame you for that), try OSX86. It's free and it's still laying in a gray area of legality. You won't have the Apple support and software/hardware interoperability edge though.


    Actually their overall computer sales were down, but they more than made up for that with the phone sales that did very well for them.

    I think the price is part of their overall marketing scheme for the Macs, and they will continue to concentrate on that market.

    Don't expect any price declines. During economic downturns Apple concentrates more on research and development.

    Despite the fact that they use and benefit greatly from using open source, Apple seems to contribute little back.

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    Re: Why does Apple charge so much?

    Quote Originally Posted by techmarks View Post

    Despite the fact that they use and benefit greatly from using open source, Apple seems to contribute little back.
    That's a very pricey one-sided relationship indeed.
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    Re: Why does Apple charge so much?

    Quote Originally Posted by NintendoTogepi View Post
    2000 for a laptop that can't even play games well?
    Dude, no $2000 laptop will play the latest games well. Laptops must use low-power components to preserve battery life and ensure a minimum of heat production, because the chassis of a laptop is not really big enough to allow good heat dispersion. The low-power components don't have anywhere near the performance of the higher-powered desktop components.

    People who want performance computers, including gamers, buy or build desktops. It also makes it possible to upgrade the graphics card and CPU when their current ones become obsolete.
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