Like every material object in this world, the Macbook Pro must suffer some degree of price inflation. There is no way the materials they use, and in mass quantities, justify the reason for such an enormous price. Therefore just as you were to talk down the price of a car, would doing so to an apple employee have the same outcome? I guess I am asking can you negotiate a price for Macs and actually get a discount? They can and do cost as much as a new (Mac Pro fully upgraded) or used (Every other mac) car.