Why does Apple charge so much for RAM upgrades, and why do people pay it?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by stagmeister, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. stagmeister macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2004
    I have a blackbook w/ 2Gb ram, and I am thinking of upgrading to 4gb just because it is so cheap. I can get it for around $90 on Newegg and install it myself. However I know that Apple is notorious for charging obscene amounts for memory upgrades. Why do they charge so much? Do they buy a very expensive type of memory, or is it that they will just charge whatever the market will bear?
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    They charge it because they can and people do it for the convenience.
  3. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    Because they can and people are naïve?

    It's called capitalism?
  4. kate-willbury macrumors 6502a

    Feb 14, 2009
    because mac people generally don't know much about computers and they need someone to walk them through simple things like installing ram, even if it costs over a grand. lol.

    love it when mac folk bitch and complain about other companies and yet when apple rips people off, its called 'capitalism' and that they 'just can'!
  5. jb1280 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2009
    On the three configurations that only have 2GB of Memory, they charge $100 to upgrade to 4, certainly not "so much."

    I imagine the vast majority of people are willing to pay an additional $10 or $20 not to do it themselves.
  6. Big Alsie macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2009
    well when it comes to DDR3 RAM, Apple's prices arent too far off aftermarket value from a site like crucial. however, as RAM prices drop, you can bet that Apple will not drop their BTO prices one cent.

    People buy it for the convenience, it seems to me that most people buy macs because they dont know anything about computers and want a simple easy to use machine. meaning they most likely dont know how to replace the ram themselves and dont care to learn.
  7. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    dell, apple and others source their memory with controlled lot numbers, specs and warranty it to work. where i work we have HP servers and used to use third party RAM. few years ago a few servers started rebooting. HP said to take out the RAM and use HP RAM.

    that's when we started using only HP RAM and things got more stable. with Crucial and other RAM the specs may slightly differ
  8. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    Apple used to be really bad about the cost of ram - you could easily save in the hundreds of dollars upgrading a high-end MBP yourself. These days, they've gotten much better about it. Perhaps the OP is remembering that old tactic for saving major moola.
  9. chiefroastbeef macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2008
    Dallas, Texas/ Hong Kong
    Convenience and not knowing ram is actually cheaper and can be easily installed is why people choose Apple ram. Like changing engine oil in a car, it is easy and quick (comparing to driving to a place and wait to have them change it), and way cheaper (in my case 1/3 cheaper) than going to a shop to do it. But most people choose not to do it themselves for convenience sake and because the service is readily available.
  10. i7QuadCoreMania macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2009
    cause they are afraid to open it up and buy ram that isn't 100% compatible. Peace of mind, and Apple charges extra for that.;)
  11. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Because some of us like to buy things from the store and some stores only offer certain configurations and not others.
  12. steve2112 macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2009
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
    On some machines, like the Mini, cracking open the case can be intimidating, even for people who like to do their own work. Or just a pain in the neck. :)

    I was going to say they don't rip you off, but they somewhat do. I saw the price of a 4GB stick for the 21.5" iMac, which was $270 at Newegg. Then I realized that it has 4 slots, not two. Since Apple puts 2 2GB sticks in, and leaves two slots open, you can get a 4GB kit (2x2GB) of Kingston RAM from Newegg for about $100. Not as expensive as they used to be, but still more expensive than doing it yourself.
  13. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    I upgraded the ram in my g4 mini today and was surprised. The crucial tool said I needed pc2700 ram. I took the original chip out and it said pc3200.

    Didn't even use a putty knife since I couldn't find one. Borrowed a thin screwdriver and it did the trick

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