$800 Price - Just A Comment

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by wolfpackfan, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. wolfpackfan macrumors 68000

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    I don't know how likely it is that one of the new MacBooks will have an $800 price tag, but from a personal standpoint if there is one, I'll be buying it ASAP. I have been wanting a Mac laptop for a long time now. I am using an old Compaq laptop but ever since I got my iPhone, I've wanted to jump ship to Apple as far as my PC goes. But frankly, I just can't justify spending $1100 on an Apple laptop when I can buy a Dell or HP for $599. But if Apple has a laptop for around $800 then I can justify that. My brother is in the same situation. He is fighting a virus right now on his PC and keeps saying he wishes he had a Mac. I bet that if Apple would just drop their prices a little they would sell a ton of MacBooks to people who are just like me. Just a comment
     
  2. scienide09 macrumors 65816

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    What if the (rumoured-only) $800 Mac is similar to an Eee PC -- would you still buy it? Personally, I wouldn't touch it. It's too small for anything productivity related. My work has one for in-house use, and I can't stand it. Underpowered, too.

    In some ways the $1100 MacBook is hard to swallow over a $600 Dell. But then you say that your brother's PC is struggling with a virus and that wished he had a Mac. Spec comparisons aside, that's one of the reasons people are wiling to pay the premium for a Mac.

    I used to spend lots of time on regular maintenance on my PC. With my Mac, I don't need to worry about it nearly as much. That time savings is, for me, worth the premium when you toss in a better OS, ease of installation, and the fact that my Mac talks to peripherals so much more easily than my PC ever did.
     
  3. Beric macrumors 68020

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    Some people just don't need much power. The only thing I do on my Macbook that an EEE PC couldn't is play games. MS Word, Safari, ect. don't take much power.
     
  4. wolfpackfan thread starter macrumors 68000

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    All I need is Email, Safari and iTunes. So any basic Mac would be fine with me. I'm retired so, productivity work is not an issue with me. I just want to read my email, browse the web and listen to my music and that's it. I would get a Mini, but I want a laptop.
     
  5. Lancetx macrumors 68000

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    I'm the same as you, but that's why I simply went with an iPhone and I won't be buying a MacBook at all, even if they do have one priced at $800. Of course I do have an iMac at home, so I'm only referring to those times when I need something portable and/or when I'm out on the go.

    I honestly think the lowest priced new MacBook will be $899 though, rather than the $800 figure that some places have been throwing around. I think those that are expecting an $800 model are going to be disappointed come next Tuesday.
     
  6. chameleon81 macrumors 6502

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    Why dont you try to buy 2nd hand? After 14th prices might fall
     
  7. saltyzoo macrumors 65816

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    When someone comes out with an adapter to plug in my iphone to one of those rollup keyboards and a tv for a monitor I'll be in heaven. :D

    But my wife could definitely use a low-end mac portable. I'd buy her one in a second.
     
  8. PowerFullMac macrumors 601

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    A netbook (if thats what the $800 one is) is not made to be a main computer, its made so you can do simple office and internet functions on a very light very small laptop that fits in a backpack without a problem.
     
  9. Jpoon macrumors 6502

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    I seriously doubt Apple will ever release something cheaper in their notebook line than the Macbook, and sub 800 is a pretty farfetched price.
     
  10. PowerFullMac macrumors 601

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    If its just something like the EEE PC its fully feasible, seeing how bad the economy is and how much of a market netbooks have.
     
  11. brettinlj macrumors member

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    I think the price will be lower, but no lower than $899 (most likely $999). Apple has plenty of cash liquidity, so they would be more willing to reduce the production curve to keep prices above at a certain level. Much like Harley did years ago with motorcycles when demand went down... they shifted their supply curve to make sure the price equilibrium was higher.

    Micro Economics 101, superior goods, etc...
     
  12. Bman3221 macrumors member

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    im not liking this new 800 dollar thingy...it means that it will reach a larger audience which will lead to more people getting Apples..and eventually people creating viruses because more and more people will be using the Mac.

    Most of the people don't like Mac because they cant afford it. Im against the price drop...:D
     
  13. madmaxmedia macrumors 68030

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    I'm thinking Apple will avoid the netbook category, but they will try to sell against it. They always try to offer premium products at attractive prices.

    So their argument is going to be- why buy a cheap netbook when you can get a beautiful aluminum MacBook with better CPU for only a couple of hundred dollars more? (that is when comparing against the more fully-featured netbooks, not the really stripped down ones with small screens and weak battery capacity.)

    Then will come the inevitable price comparisons by everyone and their mother- this is what you have to add or subtract from the Dell netbook to make it roughly equivalent to the cheapest MacBook, etc.
     
  14. elppa macrumors 68040

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    What about typing comfortable for a sustained period of time, surely the MacBook keyboard is better than the Eee PC?
     
  15. chewietobbacca macrumors 6502

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    You get used to the netbook keyboard pretty quickly

    And people buying a netbook aren't necessarily in the same market as a macbook - one's meant to be a secondary computer that one can take anywhere easily, the other is meant more as a main computer
     
  16. G5power macrumors 6502

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    An $800 MacBook doesn't have to be a tiny little netbook.

    For example a 13 inch screen, 2.1 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, 120 GB hard drive and no optical drive. (Sold as an optional $99 external).

    Basically the current low end MacBook without an optical drive. Component prices would not stand in the way of that.

    Personally I would be most interested in a 14 inch MacBook - perhaps in the $999 - 1099 range. I want more then a 13 inch screen and for personal use don't need a 15 inch MBP.
     
  17. Beric macrumors 68020

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    I'd be fine with a compressed keyboard.
     
  18. DaBrain macrumors 65816

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    I'D recommend a refurb macbook then. I got one back in Feb 08 and saved 1/3 the price. It arrived like new, I could not tell the difference and it comes with the same warranty as a new one. Just a thought as I appreciate your situation. Best to ya! ;)
     
  19. wolfpackfan thread starter macrumors 68000

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    FWIW - and please don't flame me for posting rumors, but last night at our local Apple store (Raleigh, NC) my brother asked the Apple concierge about next Tuesday's announcements. The Apple person said he would definitely wait until after Tuesday to buy a MacBook. My brother then said I've heard that there will be a model that is priced either $800 or $899. The Apple person said "you didn't hear this from me, but it's the later - it's already in our computers".
     
  20. PowerFullMac macrumors 601

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    The site is "Mac Rumors" so anyone who flames you for posting rumors is just stupid.

    Sounds cool, lets hope its true! :)
     
  21. Bengt77 macrumors 68000

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    That's a $200 price drop. Not the gargantuan drop people have been hoping for, but very welcome nonetheless. And how realistic was a $300 price drop anyway? Wonder how much they'll go for here in Europe. They cost €999 here now. Will they price them at €799? That'll be nice. That would actually be exactly on par with the US price, considering you don't pay 19% VAT. Finally!

    If they indeed turn out to be priced at €799, I'd be extremely happy. Not that I'll go for the base model, but still.
     
  22. aleksandra. macrumors 6502a

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    So $899? I wouldn't have thought it likely, but it's just believable. My guess was $999... I hope you're right and this Apple person really knew :).
     
  23. minicoop503 macrumors regular

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    same here, but it would be awesome
     
  24. oc2pus macrumors member

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    $899 makes it very affordable to people telling me that they are not willing to spend the money "for just the time you save with your MacBook". Usually I start grinning about this comment, but soon enough they will have a chance to see for themselves - and shut up forever.
     
  25. FieryFurnace macrumors 6502

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    How much do you think a $899 MacBook would cost in my university's Apple Store?
     

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