Do You Tell How Much Your Mac Costs When People Ask?

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  1. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    I live in a somewhat rural area, and almost no one has a Mac, and most people have never even seen one. They ask a lot of questions and one of them is how much I paid for it. I almost always lie to them. I'm not sure why, but maybe it's because $2500 is what they make in a month and a half and I feel really bad about that.
    So when people ask how much your Mac costs what do you tell them?
     
  2. NorCalLights macrumors 6502a

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    I don't talk to people about how much my possessions cost... frankly I think it's a little rude to ask, and if they want to know they can look on the internet.

    When I do get asked, I usually tell people that Apple makes computers at a wide range of prices and that it's often possible to buy one of their notebooks for less than $900. Then leave it at that.
     
  3. TRUCRACKER macrumors 6502

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    Well I live near DC so plenty of money around. So yes, I tell them.
     
  4. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    $1200 for the computer, iwork, and a 16GB ipod touch. I think its a great deal.
     
  5. steviem macrumors 68020

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    Before I speak to anyone I always ensure they sign a watertight 'don't ask don't tell' agreement upon the value of my apple branded equipment :D
     
  6. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    Given that they can find it on the internet, who cares? Just tell them, it's not a big secret.

    EDIT: To answer the question, yes, I tell them. It makes no difference to me, and everyone has different things they like to spend their money on. Sure my machine ran nearly $3k, but if someone asks I may as well just tell them to answer their question rather than deflecting. Nothing sucks more than asking someone a question that's pretty benign and they deflect it, so I just answer it for them.
     
  7. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i never get asked that but i would not tell them as it doesnt matter. I'd reply with something witty probably
     
  8. blueroom macrumors 603

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    If you have to ask you probably can't afford it. ;)
     
  9. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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    Hah...

    For some things I could see how it would be impolite or rude but fact is, everyone knows Apple and how expensive their products are so telling them isn't a problem to me. If they further inquire, I just tell them that they can look at a MacBook or look to Apple's refurbished site if they're looking for a cheaper Mac.
     
  10. DylanMBP macrumors newbie

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    My 17" Macbook Pro would have been like 3,500 but my parents bought it with American Express Rewards. I usually just say the prices changed a lot in the past few years and Im not sure what it would be now.
     
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    I usually just say too much because that's what my wallet thought after buying this expensive beast. To be honest, I would think how much it has cost me per hour because then it would have cost me less than a Euro per hour and after several years of service, it has cost me like a cent per hour. That is not that bad value, it hurts in the beginning but after years, you realize how many non-productive hours you've spent in front of it browsing in MR for example :D
     
  12. TopHatPlus macrumors 6502

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    haha YES I DO, but i do not tell them my home address =D hehe lol but i do tel them and then they go "You are insane for spending that" and i reply "how much do you spend on a new computer each year" and they respond with "well depends but usually $1000 which is no where near your $2000" and i swiftly reply "$2000 is over 4 years so at a cost of $500 a year a have a better computer" lol it makes quite an interesting argument =D
     
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    Most people never ask. The ones that do usually do so because they are curious about my work and ask "how much does an edit machine cost"? I usually just tell them I have a brand new car invested in my work system.
     
  14. Kirbdog macrumors regular

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    I tell people what it costs. The price is no secret it. It does shock some people when it is compared to a bargain pc. I do inform them that there are several different configurations and good deals can be had by buying a refurbished model. Its all relative. I find it shocking when someone a computer that is over 3 years old.
     
  15. appleguy123 thread starter macrumors 603

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    This is close to what I do. I don't get why people can't just look it up on the internet. Then I mention the MacBook to them.
     
  16. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

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    I am mostly asked about people interested to buy one so I tell them.

    But I have the cheapest MBP as I have a powerful desktop for anything else.
     
  17. TopHatPlus macrumors 6502

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    please rephrase

    XcheapestX this is a terrible term

    you have the base macbook pro hehe

    makes it sound like the base one is terrible >_< your computer is like 3 upgrades from the best, so you have the base MBP lol
     
  18. Gen macrumors 6502a

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    Of course I tell them.
    And I hate how people get all weird when you ask what something costs - I am showing an interest in what you have, stop being such a snobby prick. It really irks me, especially since it doesn't matter how much it costs.
     
  19. appleguy123 thread starter macrumors 603

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    If ot doesn't matter then why ask? Its not being snobby, it just feels awkward to have something that would be a month's income for some people.
     
  20. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

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    As long as it gets the job, 5 hours away from a power outlet and doesn't break my bike you can call it anything you want. :)

    To be honest with 400 euros in an SSD and another 250 for 8gb of RAM it's really not that cheap after all :(
     
  21. chrisvee macrumors regular

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    Someone: "Wow, nice MacBook Pro! How much was it?"

    Me: "Doesn't matter." :D

    That's pretty much how it goes. I don't like telling people because people get irked when I tell them how much I spend on my toys. :p
     
  22. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    I just tell them $2700-$3700 depending on which accessories I have hooked up at the time because lots of people are just interested in how much a mac costs, and often they ask me how it works or how much I like it afterwards. I'm also known for letting people take it for a spin just so they can be awed.

    I don't have time/patience to get into arguing matches about how much I over paid or how "my mac is simply a pc with an apple on it" (because some have tried). Once they get into comparison pricing I just say "oh" and continue on with my work lol.
     
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  24. appleguy123 thread starter macrumors 603

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    This.
    Another reason why I don't tell people is because they don't even want to buy a Mac. They want to total the amount I spend on all of my Apple stuff and call me a sheep. Honestly, I think that they're just envious.
     
  25. a-m-k macrumors 6502a

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    What business it of theirs anyway? It's like someone who know what my life is like asking how much shunt surgery is? YIPES.
     

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