More .Mac Incentives...

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Beyond the Referral Bonuses to increase signups to .Mac, MacMinute.com reports that Apple is also providing some extra incentives for current subscribers to renew for the next year.

Your choice of (one of) three free gifts is being offered.

- The Sims ($49.95 Retail Value)
- EverQuest ($49.95 Retail Value)
- $20 off your Next Purchase of More than $20 at the online Apple Store
 

iJon

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Feb 7, 2002
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come one apple, is that the best of games you could do. you give the old game sims away. or you can the game that is useless to you without a subscribtion.

iJon
 

Nebrie

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Jan 5, 2002
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Apple was able to get those titles for cheap because any new sales wouldn't eat into potential sales like UT would.
 

Veldek

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Mar 29, 2003
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And why does Apple give away games for almost 50$, but just a rebate for 20$. Ok, it's probably their value for this, but I think the three choices should be equal.
 

ozubahn

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Feb 15, 2003
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I expect Apple will get a good deal more desperate as the renewal time approaches. I'll wait. With all the email issues lately, I'm not feeling as charitable about .Mac as I used to. It may be worth the $50 I paid last year, but $100 is a little steep.
 

Freg3000

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Sep 22, 2002
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Originally posted by Veldek
And why does Apple give away games for almost 50$, but just a rebate for 20$. Ok, it's probably their value for this, but I think the three choices should be equal.
The REAL value of these games is closer to $20, although they sell at $50 according to Apple. So they kinda are equal in a way.

Originally posted by ozubahn
It may be worth the $50 I paid last year, but $100 is a little steep.
Yes, that is a big difference. $50 vs. $100. I am still thinking about signing up again.

Even thought these first two efforts by Apple to get me to renew have been lackluster, I hope they keep spewing them out, as one is bound to be good. :)
 

BWhaler

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Jan 8, 2003
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Apple should fix .Mac before I will think about renewing. Backup to iDisk does not work for mail. Mail is sporadic.

100 bucks for everything is probably a fair deal. It becomes a rip-off when Apple cannot provide a quality service as promised.
 

providence

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Dec 28, 2002
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How about just getting the mailservers to work!

I run my business email via .Mac but with all the trouble I've been having I'm moving it to my DSL carrier and to AOL.

They are much more reliable!

I can understand an outage once in a while but not being able to send or receive mail for a couple days when your paying 500 an hour in a post house.

Jesus, hotmail works better!

Providence
 

DreaminDirector

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Sep 3, 2002
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I wonder if I get the Sims I can go to the store and return it for something better. The title is 50 bucks.

Why don't they just knock off 50 bucks? I'd rather have that than pay 100 bucks and have a lackluster game....
 

arnette

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Nov 22, 2002
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Re: Dear people at Apple

Originally posted by mymemory
I couldn't care less:D

RT
THANK YOU for someone finally getting that phrase right.


And for the rest of you.... frickin' proofread!!! For the love of GOD!!
 

MhzDoesMatter

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Jul 1, 2002
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I dont know

Here's a tip. Don't expect it to work. That's how I get the best service from .Mac. I make it clear that I don't expect much from the service and that I think it's a complete waste of money. That way, it works extra hard to prove me wrong. Proof: I have never been affected by these .Mac outages. No matter what. And I think my iDisk is stealing space, adding only 1MB a day so not to arouse suspicion. Eh, but I'm not sure. Ask when exams are over.

-Hertz

So tired and sleep deprived that I actually believed I could TiVo the world and wake up old and rich..... Will be better soon..... BizSchool is where optimists go to commit suicide.
 

noverflow

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Jul 4, 2002
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Re: Re: Dear people at Apple

Originally posted by arnette
THANK YOU for someone finally getting that phrase right.


Seriously, that is one of my major pet peeves. "i could care less" Meaning you do care, and you have the ability to care less than you currently do.

I could not care less = You lack the ability to care any less than you currently do.
 

MacBandit

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Re: Re: Re: Dear people at Apple

Originally posted by noverflow
Seriously, that is one of my major pet peeves. "i could care less" Meaning you do care, and you have the ability to care less than you currently do.

I could not care less = You lack the ability to care any less than you currently do.

How about my enthusiasm for this promotion is lower then whale ****.
 

dobbin

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Jan 28, 2002
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Re: Re: Dear people at Apple

Originally posted by arnette
THANK YOU for someone finally getting that phrase right.
I find this strange too - using a phrase to mean something that is actually the complete opposite! There is a thread on it here.

Back on topic, I will probably renew just for the ease of having .mac. I don't think I get $100 worth but I do really like it. Last year I resented paying the $50 but I now think that is actually a fair price. I wonder if I can use the $20 rebate at the UK Apple Store. I don't understand why Apple still only sells .mac is $$$ rather than £££. I think its just a lazy or under-resourced sales team. I guess they're trying to squeeze as much profit as possible from this.
 

iJed

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Sep 4, 2001
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I payed the $50 price for my .Mac last year and simply have no intention of paying $100 this year. I was willing to give Apple the benefit of the doubt last year but, since next to nothing has really happened to .Mac, I'm just going to get an account with a proper web-space provider. One that can offer me good PHP/MySQL support or JSP.

Also if this forum represents the general reaction of Mac users then .Mac is finished.
 

morlium

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Dec 18, 2002
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Re: Re: Dear people at Apple

Originally posted by arnette
THANK YOU for someone finally getting that phrase right.


And for the rest of you.... frickin' proofread!!! For the love of GOD!!
For all "intensive purposes" .... that's another one that drives me nuts!
 

Jerry Spoon

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Jan 8, 2002
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I think I'd pay $100 if they gave away another $50 worth of iPhoto prints. I used those and basically felt like I got .mac for free. Now I'd feel like I paid just $50 for it, which I'm willing to do.

By the way, my mother always says "That's part for the course." which I believe should be "That's par for the course" as in golf. What that means, I don't know. Can anyone shed some light?

EDIT: Found out the meaning here if anyone's interested: http://www.macmillandictionary.com/MED-Magazine/Sample-Issue/01-language-awareness-pragmatics-UK.htm
Guess I never bothered to look before.
 

bbarnhart

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Jan 16, 2002
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There is no way that this service is work $100. You don't get even half what you get from a real host provider and I don't think that the iApps that use .Mac are valuable enough to make up for these short comings. And, to top it all off, the service has been intermittent and slow.
 

Sonofhaig

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Jan 16, 2003
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Never had a problem...

Originally posted by BWhaler
Apple should fix .Mac before I will think about renewing. Backup to iDisk does not work for mail. Mail is sporadic.

100 bucks for everything is probably a fair deal. It becomes a rip-off when Apple cannot provide a quality service as promised.
I'm always surprised to hear that some folks are having problems.
I think the service has been great. I've never had a problem with any
of the .mac services. I must be one of the lucky ones.
 
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