Originally Posted by Parttimer
A prime example of prejudice.
When capitalism has descended into making the producers unneccessarily richer and the consumers unneccessarily poorer it has degenerated into unadulterated daylight robbery. And the consumer, you and I, are the victims.
But you apparently have the Stockholm syndrome: you love the one who fucks you over. Normal people don't.
We've distilled this to the "they're overpriced" argument.
So here's how we end it.
I say that you don't know the definition of the word 'overpriced'. You say enlighten me. I say if Apple products were overpriced, no one would buy them. As millions of people buy them in all forms, they are not overpriced.
Then you say that's not what I meant; I meant that Apple could sell their stuff for much less money and still be making a profit. And then I end it by reiterating that you're unfamiliar with the concepts inherent to capitalism, primarily that consumers dictate prices. If consumers did not feel that Apple products were worth the money they spent on them, they would not be purchased at their current prices. That's how this whole system works.
Then you fail to rebut it by saying that it's wrong for Apple to sell products at prices extortionately higher than at which they can afford to sell them. To which I reply, yes, it is; another example of which being the corn industry selling corn products at 1000% cost because people and many other companies are (basically) forced to buy corn products for their multitude of purposes. Another example would be a home Internet provider having plans at twice or 3x cost plus a comfortable profit, because they'd get away with it as we basically have monopolies on phone and home Internet service in this country.
But I finish my reply by stating that Apple is not only an example of neither of these instances, but exists outside this example entirely. As Apple products are not required for life (as corn is... you'd be surprised how much crap corn is in) or has become a standard in quality of living (as home telephony is; the Internet's secondary but useful to mention in the example). Apple products are a luxury item. They are not required for life or expected for comfort. Those who buy them know their price and expect quality from them equivalent to their perception of said price.
As a dozen other computer manufacturers exist, one is not forced to buy Apple products for any reason at any time, and as such can purchase from another company if they so choose, particularly if they believe that another company will be receiving a smaller profit margin on each item purchased than from Apple.
Now go away, silly troll, and take your styrofoam arguments with you.