Why Apple is faultering

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by sublogic, Nov 25, 2005.

  1. sublogic macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2005
    I'm no Apple basher by no means, i'm just a frustrated PC user trying to make the "switch" with no luck whatsoever on Apple's end.

    1. Apple does not ship to APO/FPO and any U.S. territories, eliminating millions of potential customers like myself.

    2. Apple does not accept any military designations such as (AA/AE/AP) for their billing address either, so even if you wanted to ship to the states, you'd have to work something out with the sales person.

    3. Apple military, student, etc. discounts are completely useless if you're living in a state which has sales tax, and even worse for those who don't have the discount.

    4. Apple seems more focused on announcing and releasing new iPod innovations ASAP rather than announcing new Apple Mac innovations and releasing them ASAP. Apple quad, 6-8 weeks for Nvidia GeForce 7800 GT option, are you kidding me?

    5. Apple sales people are completely useless to the point that they can't even do their job right, like spelling your last name correctly!

    6. Apple billing people are also completely useless and completely rude! To the point where you can't stand their lies and rudeness that you cancel your order completely.

    7. Apple and maybe two or three other authorized resellers are the only stores that offer any BTO/CTO options, other than those, you're screwed.

    It's these factors that I would say is holding a consumer like myself from making the "switch", and the fact that a PC can be bought from almost every huge retail store, or the fact that one can build their own PC to their own specifications without the same kind of delay as Apple, that is holding Apple from capturing 95% of the world.

    Don't get me wrong though, i'm a professional photographer/web designer. I understand the importance of Macs when it comes to these fields that keeps me hanging in there with hope of one day owning the system in which I have set my eyes upon.

  2. generik macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2005
  3. MacFan25863 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2004
    I believe Washingtion is sales tax free.
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I think Washington does, but Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon do not. Got that from a website. ;)

    But in any event, it sounds like you (OP) are having just unbelievable trouble with purchasing a Mac. :(

    But what's this about Apple faltering? They seem to be doing pretty well...with most everyone except you.
  5. sublogic thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2005
    Apple is doing great at making me want to buy their products, yes.. there's no denying that. it's just getting it to me which they faulter. It's so hard to find any apple products where i'm located, other than ipod and ipod accessories.

    There's only one authorized reseller where I live, but their prices are laughable.

    Plus I can't ship it to Washington, or any other state other than California because I don't know/trust anybody from those states to ship it to me.

    powermax.com is the only place I know of that has a BTO option, but they're closed until Monday, which is Tuesday in my time zone = work = awkward hours.
  6. Kobushi macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2005
    Right behind you.
    Washtington has sales tax. Montana and Oregon do not. However, if you're a resident of the latter two and shopping in Washington, they have a little thingie you can fill out so you don't have to pay their sales tax anyway :)
  7. MacAficionado macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2002
    An awesome place
    If you don't want to pay sales tax, you could try:


    Maybe they can even ship to those APO/FPO, if you really want to, you can do it.

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