Is Apple becoming very greedy with their pricing on new Macs ?

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  1. DBZmusicboy01 macrumors 6502a

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    The 13 inch retina is price fairly.
    But the 15 inch did not get a price drop today or a update.
    The Macbook 12inch is a rip off....I thought it was going to be a budget 13 inch macbook pro costing $1000 with less ports and speed but nope....The same price for less features. Very unfair of Apple and same with the Mac Mini and the Apple Watch

    The iMac Retina is the only thing that is priced fantastically from Apple..
    For being an amazing machine it cost very little for being new and 5K display.
     
  2. leman macrumors 604

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    Just because it does not correspond to your expectation does not mean that its a rip off. I think the price is very competitive and the product is fantastic for people who value mobile computing over power.
     
  3. matreya macrumors 65816

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    That's your opinion - I'm sure there are lots of people ready to buy Apple's products... they're just not marketed to poor people.
     
  4. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Looks like someone who can't afford it is getting jealous...
     
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Yep

    What they are ignoring is that prices on all apple notebooks has gone down a lot over the last 3 years.

    Anyone who was expecting a 15 inch update needs to do their homework the Intel chips for it are yet to be released, you can't upgrade it without the parts.

    I'm actually a bit surprised they did the 13 inch I though they might wait and do them together...
     
  6. Mildredop macrumors 68020

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    Apple are kind of like a monopoly. They can charge whatever they like. Can't afford it you'll just have to go non-Apple.
     
  7. Menel macrumors 603

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    Thats not even remotely close to the definition of monopoly.

    You describe a healthy competitive market.
     
  8. chad.petree, Mar 10, 2015
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    I can't believe such comments, seriously :rolleyes: , so only rich people are allowed to buy apple products? I'm sorry but that's really elitist, not everyone buys apple products because they're a status symbol ...
     
  9. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Exactly.

    Besides, they forgot to take into account of the strengthening of the US dollar and the oil price crash.
     
  10. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Well they are expensive..

    In worldwide terms only rich people can buy apple products. They are far too expensive for the vast majority of people on earth. That is not elitist that is just fact.
    About half the worlds population struggle to get clean water and sanitation and enough food, I doubt those people are considering a $1500 laptop. All modern tech is unavailable to much of the population, if you look at it outside your blinkered first world perspective where even the poor in society still have a high end smartphone....
     
  11. fabriciom macrumors 6502

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    Im not rich and I just purchased a 15 maxed out (without the nvidia). Cost me 180€ more because of the price raise. I need a laptop for work. Had to finance it for 2 years.
     
  12. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    You are rich

    If you can even consider that sort of purchase you are rich. If you have money in the bank (any money) some money in your pocket (any amount) have a place to live and food in a fridge then you are among the top 8% of wealthy people worldwide.....
     
  13. fabriciom macrumors 6502

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    LOL! Yay IM RICH B!TCH!!!!!

    You're nuts...
     
  14. leman macrumors 604

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    While I agree with you that the posters you quote could have chosen a better way to communicate it, Apple computers are expensive premium goods. And this has nothing to do with elitism, its just a fact. They are meant for people who don't mind paying good money for a good product. But of course you don't have to be rich rich to afford one. A $3000 laptop is $84/month. This is a fairly small price to pay for a decent computer, especially if you use it extensively.

    And as someone said above: if you have a bank account, a car and live in an apartment (whether you rent or own it), you are rich. Hell, I am a 'poor' university lecturer, I can't even afford a car and yet I could buy a 12" MacBook every month without it doing a big dent in my budget. Of course, I also live on a freakishly expensive country with fairly high wages.
     
  15. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020

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    If you dont like the pricing, then dont buy it. Its simple :)
     
  16. Mildredop macrumors 68020

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    What I mean is, in other areas of technology, you can chop and change.

    If you like Android, you can buy a large number of different makes of handset. And the chargers are generally interchangeable.

    Windows works on a large number of machines.

    Any make of TV will work with any make of DVR and they will all display the programmes that are broadcast.

    All cars can fill with fuel at all stations.

    Visa and Mastercard are both accepted wherever you can pay by card.

    But with Apple, once you're in it, it's possible to become quite stuck. Mac OS only works on Apple Macs. iPhones can only be charged with iPhone chargers. If Apple suddenly decide to double their prices, there's not a lot you can do other than completely change the way you work.

    I didn't say they have a monopoly, but they have created a pseudo-monopoly of sorts. If my phone charger broke, I can buy one from all sorts of places for a wide range of prices. Apple ensure you can't do that. They also ensure you can't buy any of their products and any different prices. I'm not sure how they manage it, but they clearly fix their prices.
     
  17. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    No .....

    I've just travelled and seen real poverty. You are the one that has no clue about how the other half live.
     
  18. Blue Sun macrumors 6502a

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    Yep, the base model of the new MacBook is $1800 in Australia. They have lost the plot completely.
     
  19. fabriciom macrumors 6502

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    Don't play the pity card. I was born in Cuba in 1980 I know what poverty is.
     
  20. rekhyt macrumors 65816

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    Not really. Being able to buy a yacht or charter a private jet just because you felt like it is rich.

    There's a clear difference between the spending power of a student (without an income) and a professional in the workforce.
     
  21. scaredpoet, Mar 10, 2015
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    More like: Owning an Apple product is not an inalienable right. You are not birth-entitled to having the newest, latest, greatest Mac.

    Apple is charging what the market will bear. And for those who cannot afford a new, top of the line Mac, there is a healthy refurb, closeout and resale market where people can pick up very nice Macs on the cheap.

    Or... you can buy a less expensive brand.
     
  22. scaredpoet, Mar 10, 2015
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    Perhaps, but the vast majority of things you create on a Mac can be migrated to other platforms. Yeah, you would have to find counterpart apps, but the same files should work.

    And, the same effort is required to jump IN to using a Mac. So it's not like this barrier is something you're not aware of when using a mac.

    Actually, not true. I've been charging my iPhone and iPad with an Anker 4-port charger from Amazon, and using Amazonbasics cables. Cheaper than Apple, certified, and they work great.

    You would still have full use of your existing hardware and software. which would likely work for quite some time, giving you ample opportunity to weigh your options.

    And again, the market would dictate. If Apple decided to double their prices, they would have to bear the backlash. At some point - probably a lot less than double the price - it becomes less "expensive" to do the work to switch platforms than it does to stick to something that has you priced out of the market.


    Yeah, actually, you did say they have a monopoly, only they don't. And they don't have a psuedo-monopoly either.

    (What exaclty is the difference between a monopoly and pseudo-monopoly, anyway?)

    False.


    You again fail to see what a monopoly actually is. Price fixing is an agreement among competitors to set prices. Apple is setting prices only for their own products, which is perfectly acceptable.

    If you honestly think Apple is price fixing, then I suggest you file a complaint with the FTC and see how far that will get you.
     
  23. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    No pity card!!!

    I am an extremely lucky westerner, because I am "rich" ie I have a normal job in the UK, I have travelled the world and seen true poverty and I cannot say I have seen any in the western world.

    If you truly grew up in poverty you know that anyone sitting posting on here is rich in comparisson.
     
  24. Mildredop macrumors 68020

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    You really need to get out more.
     
  25. Menel macrumors 603

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    He has a lot better grasp of reality than you do...
     

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