I've paid Apples price premium (Apple Tax) for years. I have bought so many PowerBooks, MacBook Pro's, Mac Pros as well as all kinds of peripherals. I buy what I want and don't bother to keep a total. It's in the tens of thousands at
a bare minimum.
However I was fortunate to begin investing in Apple Stock when it was under $20.00 per share, I bought a huge number of shares year after year. I would have never imagined it would reach it's current value today.
Not only did it make me very wealthy, but it pays for all the Apple gear I buy each year. Simply mind boggling.