Why are Products so expensive?

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  1. iPowers macrumors 6502

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    Why is it that products made by Apple have to be so much more money compared to their counterpart. (ex. iphone compared to a typical cell phone and Macs compared to windows)

    It seems to make no sense. They may want to make more money, but they got a ton of customers using their stuff. It makes no sense.
     
  2. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    Are you seriously comparing an iPhone to a 'typical' cell phone? Have you considered just how much more technology is included in the iPhone?

    And as for comparing Macs to PCs (not Windows, per se), if you spec out a machine with identical (or close) components from Apple, Dell, HP, Sony, I bet you'll have a very similar price tag.
     
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    If you compare same specs MB with an equal Dell the price is almost the same.

    The difference is that there exists cheaper PCs, but that is because there a millions of companies making PCs and only one company making Macs.

    And with what phones is the iPhone comparable???:confused:
     
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    no kidding treos costed me like 500 last year......
     
  5. Legolamb macrumors 6502a

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    I'm adapting this saying from an old design adage.
    The client tells the designer to make it good (beautiful and functional in the case of tech), fast (originally meant to be produced on time, but I'm using it here as tech speed), and cheap (as in price).

    The designer says pick 2 out of 3.

    Mac does the first 2 better than anyone.
     
  6. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    Since when are Macs "fast"? A laptop chip and a mobile GPU in a desktop is not fast...
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Then again Dell limits you to the X1300 and 7300 LE across a lot of the desktop line. It's a big jump up to the 8800 after that.
     
  8. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    For the average user....
    Macbook: $1200
    Time spent on support per year: 4.3 hours
    Cost of support per hour: $10
    Total cost of ownership in a year: $1243

    Acer 5105: $1000
    Time spent on support per year: 52 hours
    Cost of support per hour: $10
    Total cost of ownership in a year: $1520

    In two years...
    Mac: $1286
    PC: $2040

    In three years...
    Mac: $1329
    PC: $2560

    Get the picture? Maybe that's a lot of time spent on a PC, an hour a week, but I think it'll average out to that. Plus, take into account the slowness of a PC, and I think that macs are actually pretty darn cheep.

    BTW, Remember the RAZR. How much did it cost when it first came out? Here's a hint: It was over $300. And that was with tried and true, not cutting edge tech too.
     
  9. skubish macrumors 68030

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    Search is your friend buddy.
    This topic gets asked at least once per week.
    If you can't understand the price, then I don't think Apple products are in your future.
     
  10. RichP macrumors 68000

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    Stores were selling them for over $700 when it first came out and it wasnt subsidized.
     
  11. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    You've never used a Mac Pro have you?
     
  12. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    Obviously to those running multi-national, billion dollar revenue corporations it does. I'm guessing you aren't one of those though.
     
  13. macjay macrumors 6502

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    Apple has a monopoly on OS X.

    They also don't offer budget systems (the closest is the Mini).
     
  14. SDDave2007 macrumors regular

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    And why would they have a "ton of customers" unless that "ton of customers" thought the product was worth the price?
     
  15. iPowers thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah and with their iphone and ipods they are really popular. I don't see the need for such a high price. The macs should be cut down by at least $500 and the ipods and iphoone should be by at least $300
     
  16. Gymnut macrumors 68000

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    You do realize that Apple is NOT a non-profit organization?
     
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    Why do mods let these threads go on? There are currently two showing on the front page.
     
  18. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    won't get closed/moved unless people report 'em.
     
  19. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Perhaps because we have other things to keep an eye on and it's not breaking any forum rules. Saying that, this one is almost content-free so I will close it. Rejoice.
     
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