Need to convert my dad

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by abeyk, Sep 3, 2006.

  1. abeyk macrumors regular


    Jul 9, 2006
    Houston, TX
    I'm currently in need of a computer. i really want a mac, but my dad thinks they are too expensive. i need some reasons or whatever can help me to make him understand why a mac is a better choice. i know that the total cost of ownership makes macs cheaper but i don't know how to make him understand that.:eek:
  2. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    1. You won't have to spend extra money on anti-virus software and yearly subscriptions.

    2. Ask him "expensive compared to what?" (nicely) and have him show you - I can guarantee equally spec'd, they are about the same (PC vs. Mac).

    3. Is he willing to spend a certain amount on a PC? Ask him to tell you andthen you can find a Mac fo rthat price.

    4. Bundled software - iMove, iDVD, iPhoto, iTunes, Garageband - no PC comes with a package like this.

    But seriously - compare the same specification PC to a Mac and you usually come pretty close. I think your dad is thinking of the $499 Dells that can run Pong.

    If none of this budges him, get a job and buy one yourself. ;)
  3. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    well, tell your dad, since right now Mac is switching to Intel chip, G4 one are on sale, so there are cheap ones. (well, you have to want PPC one for this reason to stand any chance).
    Also depends how much your dad know about PC, if he know alot, then it will be little bit harder to convince him. Maybe invite him to try some other people's mac for 2 hours. I do think people tend to like mac more and ignore the price a little bit if they really use it for a while.
  4. Xander562 macrumors 68000


    Apr 2, 2006
    unless you have parents like mine who barely let you do THAT :eek: ! i know.

    Anyways, honestly, the best way is to bring him to an apple store/ friend or relative who has a mac, and show him exactly what makes macs so great, that's what convinced my dad.
  5. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    Take your dad to lunch somewhere near your local Apple Store. ;)

    Find out what he considers most important in any computer system he would buy and have a store specialist show him a model with those needs in mind.

    What will be your primary uses for this new system?
    How much computer do you really need?

    Will he consider going in half way with you to help you buy the system you want
    if you earn the difference?

    What model where you considering?
  6. I'mAMac macrumors 6502a


    Aug 28, 2006
    In a Mac box
    Macs are faster, no viruses, and are plain more reliable. If you get the iMac it comes with the built in iSight and you can run photobooth which provides hours of entertainment :p
    But seriously macs are just better. More fun idk they're just EASY. And there's no annoying security messages every second like there is on a pc. What will you use it for?
  7. tristan macrumors 6502a

    Jul 19, 2003
    high-rise in beautiful bethesda
    Show your dad a really expensive mac and how awesome it is, and then mention that you can get a Mac Mini for $600 or a used iMac for $1000 or whatever.
  8. amac4me macrumors 65816


    Apr 26, 2005
    There should be several things you could explain to your father. Here are a few to get you started:

    1. Lack of viruses, spyware, etc ...
    2. Total cost of ownership is less on a Mac
    3. A more stable platform
    4. UNIX based, explain to him that people with UNIX skills get paid more
    5. There's a misconception that Macs are expensive

    Good Luck, you can do it ;)
  9. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    When our family was going to move and I didn't want to, I used GarageBand to create a loop of me saying "I want to stay here. I don't want to move." And then I made that track really quiet and put on a repetitive piano jingle on top. I burned it to a CD, played it outside my parents' bedroom every night after they fell asleep. And, guess what? We never moved!

    So to answer your question, hypnosis.
  10. JSchwage macrumors 6502a


    May 5, 2006
    Rochester, NY
    Bring him to your nearest Apple Store. Let him play around with some Macs there and ask questions. That's how I converted my dad. We also went to one of those "Getting started with Mac" classes at the Apple Store.

    Hope you can switch him! :D
  11. Xander562 macrumors 68000


    Apr 2, 2006
    YES! those are perfect, they can convince anyone.
  12. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    Apple Stores offer free classes for just about any Apple application.
    I had a blast sitting through the free Garage Band orientation class.

    BTW, you get a free iPod Nano with any new qualified Apple Education purchase
    before the sale ends September 16th.

    You also get rebates on printers and price reductions on Microsoft office education

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