We Want Apple Greece

VAG

macrumors member
Original poster
Dec 17, 2003
42
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Greece
Today I just saw this great effort online for the greek customers of Apple Computers Inc.

http://www.wewantapplegreece.com

Let's hope that soon, Apple will be OFFICIALY represented here in Greece. :cool:

They have all my support and my wishes for this "dream" to come true.
Please take the time and give a visit to see in what "decade" the greek customers of Apple live daily.

Thanks and greetings from Greece.
VAG
 

VAG

macrumors member
Original poster
Dec 17, 2003
42
0
Greece
Digg This!

I believe the people who started this movement would like from you to press the above link. Thanks :)
 

Lollypop

macrumors 6502a
Sep 13, 2004
830
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Johannesburg, South Africa
I wonder If they can add South Africa to the list! :D I seriously feel for them, we also dont get any BTO options, and very little direct support.

I hope they succeed, will show me that Apple has intentions of brining US and UK class support to the rest of the world!
 

Pressure

macrumors 68040
May 30, 2006
3,913
233
Denmark
While I can understand them, we don't have any Apple Stores in Denmark either but we can get everything else online.
 

Coheebuzz

macrumors 6502
Oct 10, 2005
354
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Nicosia, Cyprus
I hope we get a store in Cyprus too. Although i am perfectly happy with my Apple dealer we miss alot of great things like educational discounts or AppleCare. You can't imagine what a nuisance it was just to get a replacement battery for my MBP after the recall.

Rainbow (Apple's official dealer in Greece) is a joke, they are giving a bad reputation to Apple and buying a Mac is the worst computer buying experience you can get.

And charging money for a patch that supposedly offers Greek support in OS X is unacceptable, but i blame Apple on this.
 

VAG

macrumors member
Original poster
Dec 17, 2003
42
0
Greece
Except all the above you people said, when was the last time that you saw an Apple commercial on TV or on a computer magazine, or even a poster here in Greece????

Me personaly, Never.

Only once I saw on RAM magazine a page with the new first Video iPod.

Rainb(l)ow ruins Apple's reputation and philosophy, and we should never forget how Apple started, what it's creators was thhinking and from what support was grow to be the one that is today.

I know, money has major involvement to any investments, BUT, sometimes, taking a risk is the only way to see if the "deciples" still follow your philosophy. Because as a bottom line, feelings, philosophy, music and mathematics, are universal. ;)

And as we say here in Greece "Hope dies last", I still hope that one day I'll travel to Athens and on Stournara Str. I'll see a Blue huge cube with white stripes and a cross (all the colors will be made of glass) and the Apple logo in the middle.... a dream that can be true within a month since Steve or Apple's marketing will decide to move on this way....

Have a good day from Greece.
VAG
 

zwida

macrumors 6502a
Jan 5, 2001
587
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NYC
Competitors

How do Apple's competitors handle support in Greece? Could you (if you were willing to use one) get the support you're asking for from Dell, HP, or Sony? I know it's not an exact analog, I'm just curious is Apple is being especially dim, or just comparably dim.
 

Coheebuzz

macrumors 6502
Oct 10, 2005
354
1
Nicosia, Cyprus
zwida said:
How do Apple's competitors handle support in Greece? Could you (if you were willing to use one) get the support you're asking for from Dell, HP, or Sony? I know it's not an exact analog, I'm just curious is Apple is being especially dim, or just comparably dim.
I can get a Sony or a Dell virtually from any electronics store and i can have it delivered as soon as the day after. It's basically as simple as buying a cd-player.

But if you want a Mac then get ready for some really hard wall-banging. I personally buy from a third-party reseller, which are plentiful in Cyprus. The problem is that these resellers get their merchandise from Rainbow in Greece because somehow they became the official distributor to the countries nearby. So we have to follow the rules set by them, which means higher prices, lack of support, lack of promotional features, etc etc.

Now if you wanna buy directly from Rainbow, the should-be simple and enjoyable procedure of buying a Mac is more complicated than buying a private F-16 jet. Really you have to experience it to believe it. The reason Rainbow has chosen to follow such a business-model is beyond me.

Also the claim that there is not enough market in Greece (mentioned in a similar thread) doesn't stand too much. Here in Cyprus with barely 700,000 population Apple resellers are popping like mushrooms, but that's because of good marketing and excellent support from these people. Maybe Apple doesn't invest in Greece because it sees a lack of interest and low sales, but that's purely Rainbow's fault.
 

AppleIntelRock

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Aug 14, 2006
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There's greece all over the parking lots, all over car parts, and all over my bike. the last thing I need is greece on my laptop :D
 

Coheebuzz

macrumors 6502
Oct 10, 2005
354
1
Nicosia, Cyprus
VAG said:
I still hope that one day I'll travel to Athens and on Stournara Str. I'll see a Blue huge cube with white stripes and a cross (all the colors will be made of glass) and the Apple logo in the middle.... a dream that can be true within a month since Steve or Apple's marketing will decide to move on this way....
VAG
I personally don't need a shiny official Apple Store as the ones in US or the UK, i only want to get what i pay for and what Apple advertises on their website. As long as Apple ships their products to foreign countries they should make sure those customers are treated the same. I think that's fair enough.

I blame both Rainbow and Apple for this. I have written 2 complaint letters directly to Apple in the past, explaining the whole situation in detail, but never got a response nor seen anything change.
 

slu

macrumors 68000
Sep 15, 2004
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106
Buffalo
I admire your efforts, but internet petitions are about as effective as walking outside and screaming "We want Apple Greece!".

Especially ones that are signed by people that don't even live in Greece.

I'd suggest sending Apple feedback via Apple.com about your poor experiences in Greece and have others who have had similar experiences do the same.

Actual customer complaints mean much more to Apple than a webpage.

But I wish you the best of luck. If it really is as bad as you say it is in Greece, then you deserve better.
 

abragad

macrumors newbie
Oct 12, 2006
1
0
Bologna, Italy
Apple support in Cyprus

Hi Coheebuzz,

Coheebuzz said:
Here in Cyprus with barely 700,000 population Apple resellers are popping like mushrooms, but that's because of good marketing and excellent support from these people. Maybe Apple doesn't invest in Greece because it sees a lack of interest and low sales, but that's purely Rainbow's fault.
where are good support shops for Apple in Cyprus? For the second time in a row I am stuck in Nicosia with a broken PowerBook and don't know a shop I can trust. I've lived in Cyprus for four years but before my Mac-time so now that I am coming back from time to time I find myself in this awkard situation.
 

VAG

macrumors member
Original poster
Dec 17, 2003
42
0
Greece
And here is the petition that Dimitris Karakatsanis opened few hours ago.
Petition Online

Please help us and sign it if the text represents you, or any fellow greek friend you may have :)

Thanks in advance.
 

VAG

macrumors member
Original poster
Dec 17, 2003
42
0
Greece
831 signatures so far... in less than a week.:D
I hope to keep'em coming ;)

If you haven't so far signed the petition, and you agree with the text on it, sign.

Thanks ;)