Originally Posted by jcsegenmd
(1) As I've said before on this forum, Apple WILL sooner or later reach monopoly status and will be required by the anti-trust police to allow competition.
HP is the largest PC maker in the world with about a 25% marketshare. That includes mostly PCs that are sold for well under what Apple charges per machine. While I think that Apple will have to make a 13” and 15” MacBook as their higher-end gets saturated, they would not be a monopoly even if they were selling 1 out of every 4 PCs on the market like HP. MS would still likely have a 70 to 74% marketshare for their OS, depending on Linux.
(2) You force those idiots unethical enough to rip off Apple's IP by making their margins so low, that they make only $25-$50/unit sold; they'd have sell cheap to survive.
That is true, except that Apple also loses out on profit, too. Apple makes more on a Mac sale than MS makes on a Windows sale. MS has to sell a lot more copies of their OS than Apple to make the same amount because Apple makes their OS to sell their Mac branded PCs.
(3) Customer support would only need to ask for the serial number to find out if it's an APple Box or a Brand X box, then politely decline to help on the hardware side (some call this 110% cooperation)
Even the $29 version of Snow Leopard sold for a machine running Leopard for a single user can be installed on any machine as many times as you wish. Apple doesn’t see it as profitable to stop their honor system, thank goodness. Having serial numbers and a system that does checks home for validation and the people to support this system for customer service and technical support just add costs. While they could make more money in bulk sales they can also incur more costs and potentially negatively affect their current premium brand.
(4) Once the Ripoff artists get returns of their cheaply made boxes, the customers would realise the truth in the phrase you get what you pay for. Let's be honest here, Jonny Ive et al have produced works of art; everything else is a wannabe, Heck my 4 1/2 year old Powerbook is still serving me just fine.
Or they may just install another OS on their HW, blaming OS X for all their issues.
I wouldn't be surprised if Dell or microsoft is funding this behind the scenes. Where do they get the money to do this and who in their right mind would buy them not knowing if the company will survive the 90-day warranty?
MS is the last to fund Psystar as they are the most to be hurt if Apple were to be required to license their OS to other PC vendors.