Why do people buy the Black Macbook?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Tomass04, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. Tomass04 macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2008
    When you can just upgrade the white one to 250 gb and it's $100 less. Is it being dyed black worth $100?
  2. Fontenette Yo! macrumors regular

    Fontenette Yo!

    Jun 16, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    I think it looks nice. And I don't think its dyed black.
  3. Shackler macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2007
    behind you!
  4. chaosbunny macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2005
    down to earth, far away from any clouds
    Why do some people buy Gucci shirts when you can get H&M shirts for $500 less? Why do some people buy BMWs when you can get a Honda for $50000 less? Why do some people ask questions with obvious answers when you can use your brain instead? ;)
  5. Sesshi macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2006
    One Nation Under Gordon
    The bigger (yet same) reason is why do people buy a worse-working computer because it looks nice? For me, because it runs an OS that I do some stuff on. For other people - apparently many, because they keep their brains in their eyes.

    It's not a black-dyed finish but a rubberised layer of paint, and when you first heave it out of the box it looks pretty classy. However the finish isn't anywhere near as durable as a matt Thinkpad and collects fingerprint oils too easily. When you combine Thinkpad wannabe with inferior build quality, you get... well, not a good result.

    I gave my Blackbook to a friend's kid, and she's only had it for a few weeks - and while it was starting to look just slightly scuffed in my possession, I saw her with it recently and it looks like crap.
  6. heatmiser macrumors 68020

    Dec 6, 2007
    Roger that. It looks like the owner dipped his/her fingers in oil before dotting prints all over the keyboard, palmrests, etc. The external material is just bad judgment on Apple's part.
  7. GSMiller macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2006
    I bought it because it doesn't scratch like the white one.
  8. Matek macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2007
    Exactly - it's a status symbol. If you own a black macbook/expensive car/designer shirt, you show to people around you that you have enough money to buy something more expensive out of principle.

    Some people take that as a bad thing, but if you think about it - we all do it at some level, especially with clothes. You get Levi's jeans for at least a hundred bucks, although you could get three no name pairs for $10 at a discount store, because people will judge you if you wear cheap clothes. I think this is much worse than buying an exact same computer that's more expensive just because of the colour.
  9. salvatorereda macrumors member

    May 25, 2007
  10. noaccess macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2005
    I'd like to add that most people who buy Macbooks aren't familiar with the product lineup, like us MR followers are. They likely don't know about the fact that customizing the lower-priced white macbook to match the specs of the BlackBook would save them 100$, so they just buy the black one. Plus, the price difference between all MB versions is equal (200$), so they probably think better HDD capacity + nicer color is worth the money.

    About the status symbol thing... Not sure that many people automatically equate the black macbook with $$$, that's too specific. They probably do when it comes to Apple, as a brand, tho.
  11. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Because I like the black better.

    Because I didn't want to wait the 2 weeks for the CTO machine to come in.

    Because the white MacBook is the MacBook of the poor.

    I work for them and I knew it was A$150 less and I still bought it.
  12. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    because after coming from two white ibooks, a white macbook and a shiny macbook pro, the darker blackbook was a nice change of pace.
  13. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    Because some people think it looks nicer and if they can afford it they buy it? Or because it doesn't scratch as much as white one?

    Dumb thread...
  14. Wicker macrumors regular

    May 11, 2008
    Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
    I don't like the white Macbook. I just can't see myself with it. And I'm planning to keep my Macbook for a long time to come, so I figured I'd go for the one I really wanted and pay a bit more than get a cheaper one and regret it for a long time to come.
  15. SchneiderMan macrumors G3


    May 25, 2008
    Apple state
    why do the color nanos cost more then the 4gb silver one? lol:rolleyes:
  16. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    i got black outer casings for my macbook because i prefer the matte finish. It was a custom mod. They keyboard and display bezel are still white.
  17. M4CBOOK macrumors regular


    Jun 16, 2008
    Beaumont, TX
  18. TheNightPhoenix macrumors 6502

    Dec 16, 2005
    Because they are 8GB? The Silver 8GB costs the same as the color 8GB, therefore you don't pay anymore for the color.

    The point of this thread is why are you paying more for a black color macbook when a white macbook of the same spec is $100 cheaper.
  19. magiic macrumors regular


    Jun 17, 2008
    I think the real question is why is there no black option for the MBP's?
  20. EmptyCalm macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2008
  21. kabunaru Guest

    Jan 28, 2008
    It's a personal choice. Some people prefer white while others prefer black.
  22. bandaros macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2008
    I don't have one, but IMO it looks better than the white.

    White is SOOooo early 2000's...
  23. kamiboy macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2007
    The point of the MacBook is that unlike a Thinkpad it doesn't start off looking like a turd crudely sandwiched between two slabs of plastic, it works its way there gradually.

    Then again some people, like Michael Jackson, don't care if it is black or white.
  24. IDANNY macrumors 6502a


    Dec 26, 2003
    Las vegas
    Everyone is missing the obvious reason that people buy the black macbook. Its cause people are trying to relive the good old days of the pismo powerbook.
  25. TBi macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2005
    As a person who has driven both a Honda (Civic/Accord) and a BMW (3 series) you can't really compare them. The BMW is in a league of it's own and not (well in europe anyway) $50000 more. There is just an extra level of Finesse in the BMW that you don't realise is there until you get back into the honda. You don't notice it until you don't have it any more.

    Although i do think BMW's are a tad over priced, i don't mind them being more expensive than a regular car but not as much as they are.

    To the OP. Some people like black laptops.

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