eMac Too Expensive

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by agreenster, May 1, 2002.

  1. agreenster macrumors 68000

    agreenster

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    Apple has done an outstanding job in positioning themselves to reclaim some lost deskspace in the education market with the advent of the new eMac. However, I just cant get over Apple's rediculous prices. Sure, I have a TiBook and a G4 tower, but I am (as many of you are) a loyal Mac fanatic, and will pay for the computer.

    But heres my point:

    Everyone is touting that the eMac is 999.99. What? Maybe I missed the boat (and I hope I did) but everywhere I look it is 1249. Hell, the new iMac (buying in through the eduaction store) is only 1349. For a extra 100 bucks, you get the LCD screen. Granted, kids and LCD dont mix but for HS and College, it would be great.

    Is the flat CRT really that expensive? I just dont see the justification of this thing being 1300 bucks. Schools can get *gasp* Dell computers for 699. I know, I know, "Dude, Dell's Suck" but try explaining that to the purchasing department at your local Community School District.

    I guess the only justification I can see is that you dont have to buy a seperate monitor that could run you another 100-200 bucks.

    Can someone tell me how much these things really are?
     
  2. Funkatation macrumors regular

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    You should open your eyes.

    Institutions get a better discount than Individuals do. If you go to the education store, and say you are with a school, you will see the better pricing.

    Copied from Apple Store: For K-12 Institutions:

    $999.00
    700MHz
    PowerPC G4
    128MB SDRAM
    40GB Ultra ATA drive
    CD-ROM drive
    No Modem

    $1,199.00
    700MHz
    PowerPC G4
    128MB SDRAM
    40GB Ultra ATA drive
    Combo drive (DVD/CD-RW)
    56K internal modem\


    For K-12 Teachers:

    CDROM model Not Available -

    $1,249.00
    700MHz PowerPC G4
    128MB SDRAM
    40GB Ultra ATA drive
    Combo drive (DVD/CD-RW)
    56K internal modem
     
  3. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    I like it...I want one...gee what a surprise!

    I'm one of the people who feel that the new iMac is an incredible deal...for all that one gets...u just can't beat getting it (w/G4) for under $2000...

    the eMac I think is pretty damned cool also...and I've actually considered the idea of having one as a desktop machine...$1000 for a G4 is a small price to pay...

    remember all those threads from jefhatfield suggesting a subnotebook with a maxed out G3 processor for around $600-$700??

    in my opinion...this is it...just it's not portable...
     
  4. Funkatation macrumors regular

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    Personally, I would rather have..

    the eMac over the iMac, I would prefer the higher resolution screen, and the cheaper price. The eMac compares favorably against the middle iMac that sells for 1599. They have the same hardware, just a different screen/form factor. CRT's are better for me than LCD's, and especially since this is a flat CRT. I'm definitely going to pick one of these up. Thank goodness I'm a student! =)
     
  5. Hemingray macrumors 68030

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    I'm with you, eyelikeart. I'd take an eMac home with me any day! It's an original iMac on steroids. I dunno about the rest o'youse guys, but I LIKE substantial computers. While the new iMac's elegant and all, I just don't get the feeling of sitting down in front of a robust machine that I'm not worried about breaking. Screw portability! :D It should be clear that the eMac was NOT designed for that.
     
  6. agreenster thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Okay okay! Sorrrrryyyyyyy

    When I checked the education store, and since I am a college student, I naturally selected the 'higher education' 'individual' section. That was where I was getting my pricing from.

    Great then!!! Im glad I was wrong!!

    I hope Apple does some quick 'regaining' of the marketplace.
     
  7. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    he he he...

    I can do the education thing too... ;) :p
     
  8. mc68k macrumors 68000

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    I agree. I really like the new eMac. I like the design even better than the LCD iMac. But I don't like the way that Jobs is forcing people to buy the LCD iMac by only offering a potentially great machine to the eduaction market. Apple has had a tradition of making bad choices, and this is no exception. The eMac is basically a LCD iMac motherboard on its side (judging by the ports) with a CRT instaed of an LCD. Most people would like to have a choice (some people don't really need an LCD!), but Apple isn't offering it. Stupid Apple!
     
  9. jefhatfield Retired

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    the flat panel lcd imac is a better buy than the 17" crt flat screen emac
     
  10. mc68k macrumors 68000

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    The reason the original iMac sold so well was the fact that it was an Apple product that had comprable price to a PC, plus more style. The style is still there with the new iMac (albeit unsightly), but the price is not. It may be a deal for the parts that it contains (15" LCD, Superdrive, etc.), but the price is still comparatively high.
     
  11. stoid macrumors 601

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    Apple in education

    If apple really wants to compete in the education market, they need to put out a machine for under $600. I know they'll have to cut a lot of corners, but it'll still be better than a Dell no matter what. Also, once a school has implemented cheap macs, they'll see how good macs really are, and they'll realize the extra money is worth it. The eMac is a start, though, eMac --- eMachine??? It's a little close for me.
     
  12. mac15 macrumors 68040

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    I have to say they look incredibly large
    The first imacs were big and they had a 13.8 inch CRT
    Imagine these other things
     
  13. Geert macrumors 6502a

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    Although the eMac is great and all, I would go for the LCD iMac any time.
    I like the design of that.
     

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