Apple USB Modem Conspiracy?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Unspeaked, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. Unspeaked macrumors 68020

    Unspeaked

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    So, I was browsing the Apple Store online and the Apple USB Modem is a $49.00 add on to an existing purchase.

    It's also $49.00 to purchase outright without adding it on to a machine purchase.

    However, adding it to a MacPro tower costs $50.00! Why is this...!?

    Does Apple do this thinking that when it's added to a minimum $2,799.00 purchase, the buyer won't easily notice the $1.00 markup? How much have these extra dollars added to Apple's bottom line over the course of the MacPro's life-span?

    Perhaps the real reason for Apple's surging stock price in the past year has been these extra dollars slowly accumulating in the Cupertino coffers.

    With the looming recession, I think it's only fair to warn potential buyers of this 2.04% markup...
     
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  3. gkarris macrumors 604

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    Since you are getting it with a Mac Built-To-Order, it takes some labor to actually place the modem into the Mac box. It's $1.00 cheaper just to order it separate on its own off the shelf.....

    :D
     
  4. Unspeaked thread starter macrumors 68020

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    You know, you might be on to something.

    At first I thought this couldn't be, because it still costs $49.00 to add to a laptop or iMac - either of which involves placing it into a box.

    But as anyone who owns a tower knows, those boxes are pretty darn heavy and the $1.00 surcharge might be a labor fee.

    I'll have to email Steve Jobs about this and get his opinion.

    ;)
     
  5. jnc macrumors 68020

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  6. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    maybe thats why they charge you an extra dollar. confusion.
     
  7. Unspeaked thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Maybe there's a power user who does amazing Photoshop work and needs a very high end machine, but lives in the Appalachian mountains and can get neither cable nor DSL installed, nor has a clear line of sight to allow for internet via satellite.

    Did you ever think of that?
     

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