View Full Version : Mac mini boasts 'cutting-edge' design
Aug 11, 2005, 04:43 PM
Category: Apple Hardware
Link: Mac mini boasts 'cutting-edge' design (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20050811164309)
Posted on MacBytes.com (http://www.macbytes.com)
Approved by Mudbug
Aug 11, 2005, 05:47 PM
ah.. around $283.37... so that's what? give or take $0.60281?
Aug 11, 2005, 06:30 PM
They just dissected one now?
Just goes to show you, that putty knife method IS a well kept secret!
Aug 11, 2005, 08:55 PM
Man, Apple ripping us off!!!
Let me just order my custom Foxcomm motherboard and mini-styled case from Newegg.com . . . crap, I can't find them anywhere!
Actually, if it costs Apple $280+ for parts, we're getting a pretty good deal on the Mini. In one of my economics classes in college, the prof said, as a general rule, costs of consumer goods double at each stage of supply chain. So, even if we're getting the computer directly from Apple and they have no other costs associated with it than the parts, we should be looking at a base price of $560. I know that margins are much slimmer for computers than many other consumer goods, but I also know that the cost of a computer is more than just the sum of the prices of its parts.
All in all, this article reinforces my belief that Apple is working very hard to make the Mini (and other Macs) a good value for its customers.
Aug 12, 2005, 01:32 AM
The dissection indicates these Macs to have been manufactured by Foxconn and to have cost Apple around $283.37, excluding shipping, logistics, marketing and software development expenses.$283.37 for what hardware configuration? There are 3 standard configurations available here (http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/70803/wo/2G1hGkcDhmvn25YPfHmARvCWXnK/0.0.11.1.0.6.23.1.18.104.22.168.0.1.0). I would assume however (after picking apart the article) that they are referring to the most affordable model.
Obviously they are not including the Mac mini software package value (which is expected from an electronic company). Because they exclude some costs, lets do some math for them:
$129.00 (Mac OS X)
$630.36 (for the low end $499.00 model)
There it is just for software (excluding the price of Readiris 7 Pro for how ever much that is worth) and hardware. Imagine what it would be after including shipping, logistics and marketing which aren't included in my calculation. The value of the Mac mini is very very high for the price people pay to buy one (or two (or more)).