My rant to Apple about the price cut

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mac17, Sep 5, 2007.

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  1. mac17 macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2006
    ok heres a letter im sending to

    pls post any suggestions or things i should add or change.

    To whom it may concern,
    As a loyal apple customer i feel like I, and other iphone customers are being treated like dirt, because even in technology a 33% price cut after two months is grossly dramatic and unfair further more, the people that bought the 4gb iphone (me included) are now stuck with an obsolete product. I can hardly use my new iphone now without feeling sick that i actually paid $500 +, for a now obsolete product which i could have gotten for $299. I am always bragging to friends and family how great of a company Apple is, from their great products with great design and an easy interface to their great customer support, or so i thought, is this image apple displays about actually caring for the customer a sham? Thats how I felt when talking to customer service and then to the apple retail store after waiting one hour and forty minutes on the phone all i was told is,"sorry our policy is 14 days there's nothing we can do". The reason i stopped buying sony products was because of its zero regard for the customer and their feelings I don't want to have to stop buying and recommending Apple products due to this but if this is the best Apple can do for their most loyal customers it leaves me no choice. For a company who tries so hard to create an image and a brand loyalty, I am really surprised that apple would actually do such a thing to their customers.
  2. suneohair macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2006
    My suggestion is to stop trying to exploit the email address.
  3. mac17 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2006
    ok why? I shouldnt be upset? this is what i was told to do by the manager of the apple store after telling me she couldnt do anything about it.
  4. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    Why are you upset? You have the second best phone in the world.

    It was worth $499 to you when you bought it, otherwise you wouldn't have.

    Who cares what the price is now?
  5. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    My suggestion... completely rewrite it.

    First of all, there are an uncountable number of basic grammatical errors. ...Take the time to capitalize every "i," capitalize "iphone" properly, remove poorly written phrases such as "i feel like I," and finally, use a higher level of language (a thesaurus is your friend).

    Never address a letter, "To whom it may concern," because it's far to ambiguous, and chances are, no one is truly concerned.

    That said, MY MOST IMPORTANT ADVICE would be to WAIT, at least a day or two. It is very obvious that your letter was written in a very short time span (less than an hour?) and therefore, will be given very little attention from Apple.

    Business letters should NEVER be rushed, and should be written with a great deal of care.

    Also, keep in mind, it will be at least a few days before your email will be read, and if Apple announces compensation in the meantime, you'll sound (and feel) like an idiot.
  6. mac17 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2006
    ok well im upset because i was cheated into buying a phone that no longer exists after a month...oh and i could've gotten an 8gb one for $100 LESS then i paid. I think the only people who dont look at us complainers as whiny babies are the people who actually got screwed.
  7. mac17 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2006

    lol, ye it was written in like 10 mins kind of like a rough draft, i would never send it in like that. :eek::p
    Ps: Whats wrong with "i feel like"? how else would you phrase that to express your feelings?
  8. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    Your phone is not going to disappear. It will still be an iPhone.

    Me? I waited in line for 7 hours to make sure I got my 8GB iPhone. I paid $599 for it.

    Am I upset? No. I had a summer full of iPhone fun. Well worth the extra $200 to get it immediately. I'd already waited 7, I wasn't about to wait another undetermined number of months until the first price cut. :D

    Seriously, though ... it's only money. Money that can be earned again. It's not that important.
  9. suneohair macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2006
    I highly doubt an Apple employee told you to send an email to that address.

    You weren't cheated. You bought the phone because you chose to. If you really think you were cheated, you should reevaluate your life before other people start to take advantage of you.

    The 4GB iPhone IS NOT OBSOLETE. It is the same as they had yesterday. They just don't make it anymore. It will still get supported and receive updates like the rest of the iPhones.

    If you were screwed it was on your own terms. And again, you should take a look at how you were tricked into buying it if that is really the case.
  10. mac17 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2006

    I know it sounds a little too dramatic for only $200:p but i figured that makes an impression. Am i enjoying my phone? of course i just figured its worth a try contrary to what i wrote im not THAT mad:D
  11. Sideonecincy macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2003
    I bought an iphone for the original price and I am tired of reading posts like yours already.

    A day like today is something I usally look forward too. I wish there was a single thread so I didn't have to read this garbage in every new thread.

    Sorry you lost $200. So did I, life goes on. Apple is a business.
  12. mac17 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2006
  13. jarenado macrumors regular


    Sep 4, 2007

    Its technology, you cant be angry because things get cheaper and better. How do you think the people feel that bought the original click wheel ipod and then two weeks later there was a photo ipod with album art. And then shortly after that video came out. I jumped on the 4g ipod and within a year they had a video ipod. Quit whining, you dont hear people complaining about their regular cell phones but, that is even worse. The first nextel i bought, 3 years ago, I paid 250 for, now you can a refurb of your phone. I feel for you, but thats life.
  14. Loc macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2007
    Southern California
    All you whiners need to invest in an economics book. Apple needs to sell more iPhones and at the price they asked for (and a price you WILLINGLY paid), not enough were moving off shelves. They did the most sensible thing for the growth of their business. Imagine that!

    Wah wah wah :rolleyes:

  15. jpturner macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2007
    The point is the phone has not changed... There is no better model (e.g. 16 gig) where you would expect a reduction in price of the 8 gig version to happen. Apple has pulled an ******* move in leveraging their customer base in a negative way. It will hurt them in the short term. Apple should have used a big software update to offset and fog early adopters with new features to keep them happy and not notice so much the screw. People posting here only account for 0.0001% of the bulk of iphone users, Apple knows it and has factored it into the decision.
  16. tw0k1ngs macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2007
    Wrong. If they who were screwed only acconted for such a small percentage, Apple Inc would have NO problem refunding the difference. THAT would be the decision Apple would have factored in.
  17. Much Ado macrumors 68000

    Much Ado

    Sep 7, 2006
    Err... the 4GB iPhone is the most exclusive phone in the world. Why complain?
  18. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040


    May 16, 2006
    Central Florida!
    iPhone Day

    I also bought the iPhone on release day, and the memories of that day and being part of something that crazy, was well worth 200 bucks.

    PS have you check the depreciation on your car lately?
  19. MovieCutter macrumors 68040


    May 3, 2005
    Washington, DC
    Cheated? Did someone hold a gun to your head when you bought it. Did someone promise shiny golden unicorns would fly out of the recessed headphone jack and poop golden coins in your lap after you bought your precious iPhone? Didn't think so...
  20. grockk macrumors 6502


    Mar 16, 2006
    all I know is that every friend of mine that was on the fence about an iPhone ordered one yesterday. They weren't willing to spend so much and you were.

    Apple is trying to move more phones.
  21. lilnyc macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2007
    I'm with you. A "summer of iPhone fun" it certainly was! :D
  22. earnjam macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2007
    North Carolina
    I bought it on release day wasn't that crazy. It definitely wasn't worth an extra $200 to experience a long line. I could do that at Carowinds for a quarter of the price.

    Now, would I spend $600 on an iPhone again? You bet your arse. It's the coolest gadget I've ever owned. (except for the fact that I've already had to send it off to get repaired because of hardware problems, but it's still awesome nonetheless)

    It's not so much the price drop that upsets me. It's only $200 and that sort of thing is inevitable with electronics. Hell, it's happened to me a number of times. The MBP got updated 16 days after I bought it, the PS3 price dropped $100 3 weeks after I bought it (and they started giving away 5 free blurays), and I've had several other instances. What hurts is the fact that I feel like I've been cheated by Apple. They were fully aware that they would be selling these iPods very soon. They knew how much these iPods would be sold for before they set the initial price of the iPhone, yet they still priced it too high. Then after people are clearly upset, it only makes it worse to take an attitude like, "Well, sucks for you."

    It's fine if you want to make money (which I understand is the goal), but it just seems like a dishonest way. It really makes me lose some respect for the company.
  23. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2006
    Clemson, SC
    You didn't even give him a chance to respond. Maybe that DID happen ! :p :rolleyes:

    PS: This thread is why I don't read the iPhone forums. If $200 breaks your back, then maybe you shouldn't have bought a $600 phone in the first place. Apple isn't your mommy - it doesn't care about you personally and neither does Steve. It cares about its shareholders and making a profit. $600 was a good pricetag when there were R&D costs to cover and the hype of the new technology drove sales. That doesn't work anymore, so Apple dropped the price to move units. Simple as that. Move along.
  24. i.Feature macrumors 6502


    Apr 11, 2005
    Montreal, Canada
    It's the way things go. You buy something and it's worth less almost right away. Happened to everyone of my ipods, my car, my tv, my computer. Why are you surprised by this? Luxury items are not an investment. They're for enjoyment.
  25. lci3341 macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2007
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