a price drop?

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  1. grooveattack macrumors 6502a

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    i keep seeing that people think the new MBP will come down in price. Is there anything in that? if anything i would think they would go up. i did not want a new one because my MBP at the mo is brill, but if the price is right i will be in there!!
     
  2. Tosser macrumors 68030

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    We are talking five percentage points out of the 35 or so percent of the profit margins. So, either it's a very small price drop, or it's an increase in production, or it could be both. Hell, it could even be a price hike, because if they simultanously add, say, Blueray, but doesn't increase the price as much as the cost (and the added profit), the result will be hike, yet their margins (in percent not in dollars) might be a little lower.
     
  3. JRSimmons macrumors newbie

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    I understand where the above poster is coming from. The profit expectation cut could come from many areas - including adding technology alongside a static price.

    However in the current economic climate, Apple would be stupid to leave prices at current levels.
    Apple is considered a premium brand, as consumer spending slows, people tend to opt for the cheaper yet still quality brand such as Sony/Dell/HP etc. These Companies have broken into the mainstream consumer market, and are thus more resilient to recessionary pressures. Currently, Apple are not.

    By reducing the price of their entry level notebook, they are able to compete amongst the mainstream.

    I'd expect their minimum price levels to drop to $999 - but we'll see, it's all speculation.
     
  4. Nde macrumors 6502a

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    I hope Apple drop their prices. I just pickup a new Gateway 17 inch with 64b Vista, 4 GB memory, Intel Core Duo, 7200 RPM drvie, HDMI out, Nvidia 9800m GTS, plus more for only $1100. Running 3DMark benchmark running Vista on both, the Gateway almost 4x the speed of my 4 months old Macbook Pro. And my MBP cost me almost $3k. Don't get me wrong, I love my MBP. My point is with similar spec, I just don't understand how Apple would charge us $2K more while other companies can do it. Yes, they need to make a profit, and I understand that.
     
  5. Csmitte macrumors 6502

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    Very True and while I do not mind paying a premium I don't appreciate being raked over the hot coal. 2K is alot.
     
  6. Brien macrumors 68020

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    A big part of this is that one, the MBP hasn't been updated in 8 months, and two, laptop prices have dropped quite significantly this year.
     
  7. Yixian macrumors 65816

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    ARE YOU SERIOUS..
     
  8. squeeks macrumors 68040

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  9. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    If I ever get a PC laptop it'll be one of those Gateway budget gaming monsters.

    For $1349 you can get the Centrino 2 version with a P8400.
     
  10. Nde macrumors 6502a

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  11. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    Funny review: We bought a Gateway and Windows got hosed for some reason. We called 1-800-GATEWAY for support. Guess what? If you buy a Gateway anywhere but their website you must call a separate toll number. WTF!? Then we needed to restore it but the restore partition was bad. Had to get the recovery disk. They charged me $20 for a $1 CD-R. Then it wouldn't work, and they wanted to charge me to tell me how to use it. Again WTF? These people are horrible. Save yourself a lot of trouble and get a Mac. Anything but Gateway.
     
  12. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The recovery partition is common practice among PC vendors. So you want to single out Gateway?

    Sad but true advice. Make your recovery discs if you aren't shipped any in the first place.
     
  13. G4DP macrumors 65816

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    The trouble is, you often find the disks you burn are actually useless. So when you go to restore, they don't work and you have to call the support numbers.

    So you buy a PC you deserve what you get. If your happy with a gateway, then good luck to you but they are not for me.
     

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