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Discussion in 'iMac' started by Eitrig, Feb 16, 2011.
Why is the iMac so expensive?
For starters, the screen on that 27" imac alone is $1000
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According to my genius bar receipt the cost of the 27 inch panel is 600usd. Apple gouges their prices up so high because they know people will still buy.
You know they're filthy rich because they're very lenient on the customer service side of things-- which is nice.
This is the most convincing reason I have heard to date; mac prices are outrageous imo. OK they can demand a premium over pc, but I feel it is too much. At some point, there needs to be a limit.
There doesn't need to be a limit when they sell like hotcakes. People pay a premium for OSX. They pay it for the convenience of the Genius Bar and Apple retail stores. They pay for the design. There's more than just a piece of fruit branded on it.
Decent spec's + cool design + fancy metal + awesome software + hype = big price
But, in the long run Mac's are cheaper.
Zero viruses, very few software fk ups, maintains reliability over time
And resale resale resale. I bought a MacBook pro for 1099 in April, used it for 10 months, put $200 in upgrades into it and sold it for 1150. Total cost to me was $150. That's $15 a month.
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The bottom line is people keep paying for it. If they stopped...prices would drop
Ya man, I keep checking for used iMacs for my parents and macbooks for the gf; the used prices are CRAZY! A used PC with similar spec's are like $300, while the Mac equivalent is $800-$1000
You voted for Obama, didn't you?
Well it is cheaper than a MBP.
That's a good thing. The screen itself is worth the money imo.
Nobody cares about your politics. Let's just stick to iMac discussion.
Twas a jest.
Apple has decided that there is acceptable demand at the price it charges. I wish the product was less expensive, but I also notice that Apple seems to be doing pretty well.
The value is better than it used to be.
As someone mentioned before, the screen alone is $1k. This is very competitive with other displays on the market. The screen is amazing and, as mentioned before, is worth the money in itself.
You really are paying anywhere from $600-$1000 for the actual computer.
For it to be an all in one experience, come with a mouse and keyboard, include the greatest OS ever, it's well worth it...
Seriously, if I custom built an i7 PC to the specs of my iMac, and added a 27" IPS display to it, my bill would most likely be equal to, if not more than I paid for my refurb.
You're also paying for the fact that the mac may not be the latest in a few years time, but it will still be as good as it was when you bought it, whereas when you buy a PC, a few years down the line, it is a lot slower and less reliable than when you bought it.
I agree with the above post. I also would like to share the fact that I just sold a Core 2 Quad PC (Q6600) tailored for audio with two drives, FireWire card, corsair psu, etc. Really good box. I got $350 for it. Sad, but I didn't even have much interest in it.
On the other hand I bought a MacBook Pro new in April 2010 for $1099 with edu price. Put $200 upgrades into it (500gb drive and 8gb ram) and sold it for $1150. So it cost me $150 to have that Mac laptop for 10 months. That's $1.50 a month.
Macs prices are justified in many ways that you'll see once you take the plunge.
I've heard someone say about Macs: "the first one hurts". It seems like an over-sized chunk of money to lay down, but it's money well spent. You could literally use a Mac's high resale value to get yourself a new model once a year and only have to put $200-$250 into it.
yes that sounds logic, its more economic to buy a new iMac every year rather then investing in your existing one ..
what happens if people on ebay realize that they only get unwarranted generic hardware in a fancy box and that a iMac can fail like any other pc form dell , hp, sony...and the prices would drop to a realistic level for a used computer
and osx alone does not change anything with a snow leopard value of $29 it can be neglected in the overall value
in the old day's of ppc that was different like the slogan of apple "think different " back then you got not only the fancy box , but hardware that was unique and never seen in a pc again after i think it was windows 3.1 that could run on ppc , and please dont start with the $1000 display you get , that cost from apple as replacement $600 and apple is likely to make even a profit on the replacement parts so my guess apple get these displays for around $400 if not for less
and yes you can buy a equal hardware and put it in a generic box , it might not come cheaper too , but only because you calculate with retail values on the parts you buy , take the profit of the retailer away and you can build the box for a lot less ...ok not a all in one , but something that looks very similar to a MacPro
PearC springs into my mindhttp://news.softpedia.com/news/PearC-Launches-039-the-PC-with-Mac-OS-X-039-103953.shtml
http://www.pearc.de/en so you could get the power of a iMac i3 for the price of a Mac mini and within the difference of about €500 you will get a nice display i suppose , but the best bit is generic parts inside , so you can replace parts with whatever you find (within limits of being osx compatible) so replacing parts wont break the bank that normally render a iMac beyond economic repair once out of warranty , and more importantly it is fully user upgradable