MacBook Air Pricing Unfair?

KittyKatta

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I'm not slamming the MBA here, and I'm actually impressed with the upgrade pricing on a few things. But what I'm unsure of is their cost to move from 128GB Model (1199) to the 256GB model (1499). Is that a fair upgrade price? Is there something I'm missing?

- 1.8ghz i5 -> 2ghz i7 ($100)
- 4GB -> 8GB ($100)
- 128GB -> 256GB ($300)

I really want that 256GB model but for $1500 it feels like it should've came with the 8GB included.
 

MR1324

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it is apple pricing, so of course it is not reasonable compared to what you can find on the market. however, if you want apple to do the upgrade, then you have to do it their way or no way.
 

GizmoDVD

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I'm not slamming the MBA here, and I'm actually impressed with the upgrade pricing on a few things. But what I'm unsure of is their cost to move from 128GB Model (1199) to the 256GB model (1499). Is that a fair upgrade price? Is there something I'm missing?

- 1.8ghz i5 -> 2ghz i7 ($100)
- 4GB -> 8GB ($100)
- 128GB -> 256GB ($300)

I really want that 256GB model but for $1500 it feels like it should've came with the 8GB included.
SSd is still expensive.
 

unlimitedx

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Personally I don't think any of the upgrades are worth it. Only buy if you have to have it for some reason.
 

FuNGi

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Check out OWC's SSD replacement prices and you'll quickly realize Apple is actually providing a bargain here:
180 GB -> $260
240 GB -> $360
480 GB -> $795
 

bogatyr

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I'm not slamming the MBA here, and I'm actually impressed with the upgrade pricing on a few things. But what I'm unsure of is their cost to move from 128GB Model (1199) to the 256GB model (1499). Is that a fair upgrade price? Is there something I'm missing?

- 1.8ghz i5 -> 2ghz i7 ($100)
- 4GB -> 8GB ($100)
- 128GB -> 256GB ($300)

I really want that 256GB model but for $1500 it feels like it should've came with the 8GB included.
They dropped the base price of the MBA by $100.

If you're not happy with the pricing, wait for refurbs to show up on the store and buy one of those. They're excellent quality and have the same warranty.
 

KylePowers

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It's not horrible. I mean, a 256GB Samsung 830 (which may or may not be the same one that's used in the 2012 MBA) runs around $1/GB (http://www.amazon.com/SAMSUNG-2-5-I...=1339505424&sr=8-1&keywords=samsung+830+256gb)

And you have to consider that this is a custom designed blade-like configuration fitted for the MBA with an mSATA connection.

So is it expensive? Yes. But that's just currently the nature of SSDs. High tech, high price. If you don't need it right now, you can always upgrade it later (by buying a third party one or one pulled from another MBA that's being sold on Ebay for example)
 

KittyKatta

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They dropped the base price of the MBA by $100.

If you're not happy with the pricing, wait for refurbs to show up on the store and buy one of those. They're excellent quality and have the same warranty.
I guess my question is more about whether SSD prices have moved down at all because the $300 markup between 128->256GB has existed in Apples catalog for a few years now but I'm not sure if hats really what the market charges for it.
 

bogatyr

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I guess my question is more about whether SSD prices have moved down at all because the $300 markup between 128->256GB has existed in Apples catalog for a few years now but I'm not sure if hats really what the market charges for it.
The markup is about on par with other manufacturer's. The cost of a part from the manufacturer is usually higher than buying the part yourself. They also increased the SSD in the new MBA to SATA3 vs the last gen's SATA2 SSD for a speed bump.
 
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