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Old Jan 13, 2013, 10:07 AM   #26
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Apple, famously, has the same pricing philosophy as Luis Vuitton.. It sells premium products at premium prices, and it never discounts. that philosophy has made it an aspirational brand worldwide.
Meh, an iPad or Macbook is, but I don't think an iPhone is that luxury product anymore. They are plenty of idiots out there on welfare, social security, etc who have an iPhone. Whether they can afford it is a whole another argument.

Plus iPhone has gone prepaid. That itself makes it less of a luxury product.
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Old Jan 13, 2013, 10:19 AM   #27
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I think they do but it really depends on the store and if the place you are matching is an authorized apple retailer. I do remember one time I was trying to buy a MBP and Microcenter had a better price. They offered to price match it, but wouldn't stack the student discount offer with it so I just went with the BTS discount instead.
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Old Jan 13, 2013, 10:37 AM   #28
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Meh, an iPad or Macbook is, but I don't think an iPhone is that luxury product anymore. They are plenty of idiots out there on welfare, social security, etc who have an iPhone. Whether they can afford it is a whole another argument.

Plus iPhone has gone prepaid. That itself makes it less of a luxury product.
Subscriptions used to be luxurious, really?
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Old Jan 13, 2013, 11:17 AM   #29
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I don't think that I have ever heard of an Apple store price matching.
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Old Jan 13, 2013, 11:18 AM   #30
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Old Jan 13, 2013, 11:19 AM   #31
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Subscriptions used to be luxurious, really?

Ya, that's a wrong analogy of the other fallah.

Pre-paid has this connotation that it's for poor people who can't get credit, but for our subsidized system, I think the other way around is true. You ask people to put $600+ dollars up front, they can't do it, so the phone company says, OK we will sell you a cheap phone but you are going to pay us in installment via their packaged, locked plans.

SmartPhone pre-paid these days to me are for people with money but smart enough that they don't need all those minutes or gig-data, therefore cost of ownership over two-years is a better deal for them.

Dumb phones prepaid, yes, are for people struggling OR Grandmas who just need it for emergencies.
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Old Jan 13, 2013, 12:29 PM   #32
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Subscriptions used to be luxurious, really?
They do run your credit, remember? Some even require huge deposits because your credit score sucks

The fact that Virgin, ST, and Cricket offer the iPhone now shows it isn't a luxury anymore.
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Old Jan 13, 2013, 02:18 PM   #33
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They do run your credit, remember? Some even require huge deposits because your credit score sucks

The fact that Virgin, ST, and Cricket offer the iPhone now shows it isn't a luxury anymore.
But I mean, even a single parent with a minimum wage job would be able to get a subscription...
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Old Jan 13, 2013, 07:12 PM   #34
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I don't think that I have ever heard of an Apple store price matching.
They did for me last week...

I purchased a USB 3.0 drive from them and then coincedently found it for less money...I was told that as long as the price difference was less than 10% there would be no problem...

Whether they would do so for an iPhone, iMac or Macbook is another issue...
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Old Jan 13, 2013, 07:27 PM   #35
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I called an apple store and they said 'no,' they will not match walmart's $127 sale price on an iphone 5.

I was under the understanding that apple retail stores had the authority to match their competitors.

Has anyone had success getting the iphone 5 at a discounted price? Do you have to ask a manager rather than a member of the sales staff?
Your kidding right? Here in the UK at least it's Apple that TELLS everyone else what to sell it's products for, and that's the same price as they sell the stuff for, Apple are the sole reason the iPhone is so expensive no matter how it's brought! Period!
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