Why 17 inch more expensive than 15 inch

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  1. RoelJuun macrumors 6502

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    I've asked myself for quite some time: Why is the 17 inch MBP more expensive than the 15 inch…

    I've been searching in the forum/internet etc but found no real answer. When I think for myself the 15 inch should be more expensive since they put the same maximum specs in a smaller space. Making the design of the 15 inch more difficult. The only more expensive part in the 17 inch is its display and the extra costs for alumium etc because of its bigger size. (I guess that 1 extra usb-port doesn't take an extra $50 or so)

    The difference between 13 and 15 inch is somewhat logical, far better processors and graphics.

    Does anybody have a clear answer? Something in my head says that I'm overlooking something simple but fundamental.
     
  2. Nielsenius macrumors 6502a

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    The 17" MBP is more expensive than the 15" because it is bigger, and therefore "better". How would customers feel if the 15" MBP started at $1800 and the 17" started at $1700? They would be baffled. Why are SUVs more expensive than sedans? Well, for the most part, it is because they are bigger and people are willing to pay more for size. In fact, automobile manufacturers are in trouble right now because of the lack of sales of SUVs due to high gas prices. They have a greater profit margin on SUVs than on smaller cars. The difference in materials cost in both of these examples is minimal. It all comes down to what people are willing to pay more for.
     
  3. SAVAGE5 macrumors member

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    Better display 1900x1200 probably a 200$ upgrade with 2" difference, ExpressCard, Extra USB port? Just my .02
     
  4. DustinT macrumors 68000

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    I agree with the previous post to some extent. But, you do have to consider the increased cost of materials. Larger screens, batteries, better speakers, extra USB, Express Card slot, and other things all add to the cost.
     
  5. Nielsenius macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, there are more materials in the 17" than in the 15", but not $700 worth, which is the cost difference between them. That stuff is chump change when bought in bulk at wholesale.
     
  6. RoelJuun thread starter macrumors 6502

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    No the difference is not 700. You should compare the high end 15" with the 17" because of specs. I totally forgot the express card slot though.

    I find the price still high compared to the 15" powerhouse.
     
  7. Blipp macrumors 6502

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    It's a $300 difference...
     
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    You think by and large that the price difference among different models and options within a product family are reflective of the wholesale component prices? :eek:
     
  10. pedrofan macrumors 6502

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    Don't think about it, it's apple. They sell smoke and shiny products to windows refugees at any price they want to put.
     
  11. mrwonkers macrumors 6502

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    Really, are you serious OMG.

    Another point would be that as the 17" sells less units than either the 13" or 15" production costs would be greater - not to mention its size extra screen real estate blah blah blah....
     
  12. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    same logic that a 40inch TV costs more than a 32inch TV :rolleyes:
     
  13. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    And just like every other product on the market, computers, cars, bicycles, sofas, and on and on and on; the company's profit margin tends to be least on the lowest spec'd product, and greatest on the highest spec'd product. There's a reason that sales people are always working for the upsale.
     
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    why are coupes more expensive that sedans? lol :D
     
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    The increased screen size/resolution, extra USB Port, ExpressCard Slot, increased materials all adds up for the $200 difference ($150 when discounted).
     
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    +12
     
  18. DirtySocks85 macrumors 65816

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    In addition to extra materials, it's that much more expensive because it can be. Simple supply and demand here, there's enough demand for the 17" MBP at it's current price point that people buy it, and enough people buy it at that price point for Apple to optimize their profits. If no one was willing to pay that much extra for the 17" model over the 15" model, then Apple wouldn't be able to charge what they do.
     
  19. RoelJuun thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well thanks for all the answers made it much more clear. I find it a pity since I'd like to get a 17 inch but the price is too high for me.
     
  20. diannao macrumors regular

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    The 17" also runs a little faster than a 15" with the same specs, perhaps because the 17" has better thermal characteristics.

    I got a 15" a few years ago and regretted it almost immediately. This year I got a 17" and like it much better. Get the 17" and you'll thank yourself every time you use it.
     
  21. shoppy macrumors 6502a

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    Once you get a 17" it's quite hard to go back to anything smaller, can be done. I have done it several times, but always find my self coming back to the 17. :)
     
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    That, of course, depends on how much you want to move it. I have a friend who had a 17" for a while, and while he liked the size, he's always on the go and it was a little on the big side for him. He now has a 15" high-res and likes it much better.
     

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