iMacs.price = iMacs.price + $100 (?)

allday

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Jul 17, 2000
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I was checking out Apple's site after hearing of MW Tokoyo news and found something I hadn't seen before. When did Apple increase the price of all their iMacs by $100? I find myself looking at a bunch of Apple hardware that I can't afford right now all the time, but I don't remember seeing this. Anyone know Apple's reason for doing this?
 

Hemingray

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Jan 9, 2002
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Ha ha haaa!
Apple's gotten a lot of flak about this. But when it comes down to it, Apple had to do something. So Apple would rather sacrifice a few customers than sacrifice themselves... and I agree with that!
 

Taft

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Jan 31, 2002
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Disappearing threads...

Where did that other thread go on this topic. I tried to view it and then it was just gone.

Arn? Where did it go?

Matthew
 

Bobd

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Jan 10, 2002
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The funny thing is, when components prices go down, computers don't...
 

Ash

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Jan 2, 2002
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or, you could put it more simply:

iMacs.price += 100;

</pointless message>

- ash
 

mymemory

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May 9, 2001
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Originally posted by eyelikeart
the $100 increase on iMacs was part of Tokyo's offerings...
Yeah, hehehe, that was the big surprice for US, way to go Apple.

Next time they are gonna introduce Bill Gates as the new chair man:D .
 

mymemory

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May 9, 2001
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Re: Disappearing threads...

Originally posted by mrtrumbe
Where did that other thread go on this topic. I tried to view it and then it was just gone.

Arn? Where did it go?

Matthew
Yo know, Arn likes to delete stuff here and there. He has that "Bermuda's Triangle" complex with the thing we say here.

My be your thread pop-up in Macrumors Tokio (at the other side of the world).
 

CHess

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Dec 13, 2001
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affecting demand?

One of my co-workers has been eyeing the new iMac for some time now and the $100 price increase doesn't seem to have put a damper on his enthusiasm. He's definitely a price conscious person (has a family and mortgage to think about), but he definitely feels that the new iMacs, especially the high-end machines with their Superdrives, are still well worth the price.

This is actually a really good sign as prior to the new iMac's release, he was an old-time Mac user who was talking about probably switching to a PC as his next purchase.

True, it's never good to see price hikes, but considering the LCD shortages and the rising RAM prices, I think the public will be accepting. I wonder if other companies (PC manufacturers) will follow suit? In any case, I think the new iMac's form factor and capabilities still generate enough enthusiasm to counter the hike.
 

Bobd

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Jan 10, 2002
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Re: affecting demand?

Originally posted by CHess
True, it's never good to see price hikes, but considering the LCD shortages and the rising RAM prices, I think the public will be accepting. [...] In any case, I think the new iMac's form factor and capabilities still generate enough enthusiasm to counter the hike.

But that's exactly what the problem is !!! It's because they know there is this hype going on that they're raising the price. It's because they know that they have a bunch of fanatic Macheads that won't care, or even finding them excuses, who are going to take their word for it. I don't think any PC company is going to follow them, just because they have concurrence to fight against and can't allow themselves to fool with their customers and make they feel like sheeps.
 

CHess

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Dec 13, 2001
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San Francisco Bay Area
The fact of the matter is that RAM prices HAVE gone up. There IS a documented shortage of LCDs. Regardless of what you or I think of him, this is not something that Steve Jobs made up.

As for using iMac hype because Macheads will follow anyway??? :rolleyes: I don't buy it. A lot of enthusiasm for the new machine is being seen outside the traditional Mac community. Also, the friend I was referring to was planning on switching to a PC because the school where his wife teaches switched to PCs, but the price/performance on the new iMac, even with the price hike, puts the Mac back in the running - he's buying one later this year.

You may be right about PC manufacturers not messing with prices. Their sales are down, aren't they? And how are Apple sales now? I think they're pretty strong, but they'll only stay that way if Apple actually starts shipping the new machines to the retailers.

As I've said elsewhere, I'm wondering if the big delay in shipments on the iMacs is because Apple has been trying to swing deals with suppliers to keep costs down. My guess is that they failed and were forced to up the prices.
 

Tagada

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Mar 20, 2002
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It's $100 in the US but $200 elsewhere

Because Apple want's to prevent currency variations, and when adding sale taxes mostly around 20% around the world, this translates to a HUGE $200 increase. Knowing that 50% of sales are done outside the US, this is not going to help...

:( :(
 

Backtothemac

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Jan 3, 2002
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No, no, no, no, no!!!
Bob, I don't know anything about you, but that is NOT the point. The point is that, in buisness, when cost of production goes up, and demand is high, then prices must in turn go up. It is not a difficult economic theory to understand, and you better bet that Dell, Gateway, Compaq, and HP will follow! Again as I stated in another thread on Thursday, go to those companys and price out an equally configured system, and you will find that the iMac (even with the 100$ increase) is still competitive!

The real problem is people always complaining that Apple should do more to gain market share, and be a more successful company. Well, this is one of those moves that companies sometimes have to make to say in buisness! Look, it isn't a big deal, it is 100$. If 100$ on a computer that costs 1799 is that big of a deal, then you shouldn't but the thing to begin with!!! Apple servers there niche in the marketplace and the PC makers server theirs. Hopefully as more and more time goes by PC Users will WAKE UP and realize that they can do better than a beige box (or black in the case of Dell).


Oh, and one other thing, yes when costs go down, prices do. How about the iBook (clamshell) getting bigger HD, more Ram, and price going down. Same thing on each revision of the old iMacs. Remember they started at 1299 for the old bondi, and then wound up being 799 for the Indigo! Also the Cube, G4, all of the flat pannels, as the 22 used to be well over 3 grand. Also, in 98 a 500 MHZ PC was about 2300 bucks, but now a 2 Gig P4 can be had for the same price! Get the facts straight please. The two things in our society that have increase in cost the most over the last 20 years are cars, and bread, yes bread. That is not $ amount, but % of increase.
 

eric_n_dfw

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Jan 2, 2002
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Originally posted by Backtothemac
The two things in our society that have increase in cost the most over the last 20 years are cars, and bread, yes bread. That is not $ amount, but % of increase.
and lettuce
 

Bobd

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Jan 10, 2002
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Prices drop

Well, of course prices do go down afetr a while. Nobody would expect to buy a 1st generation iMac 1800 $ today... But prices go down when a model has been around a long time (whatever long means when it comes to computers...), or when the new model is about to be announced. What I'm saying is, the price of computers do not change every time components prices do : we would have to be careful on which day we buy our computer, then, if we had to follow the ups and downs of RAM... I totally agree with AmbitiousLemon on some other post who states that the iMac is the only computer whise price has changed, while PMG4 and PC's use LCDs and RAM too...
 
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