Originally Posted by Shaun, UK
A 3 grand laptop in the middle of a worldwide economic crisis - I don't the PC makers are going to be losing too much sleep tonight.
Quit whining about the price.
First of all the base model is $2,199 - this is pretty aggressive considering it has a SSD + retina display.
Second, all the old MBP models are still around. Too expensive? Get one of the standard models!
Third, and most importantly, if you use your computer to do your work, every day, 365 days a year, $3k is (hopefully) within your buying capacity. I had my previous 17" MBP, which also cost $3k, for 3 years now. That's $1,000 / year or about $85 / month! Quite reasonable, I think. That's not even considering I could still sell it for close to $1000. If you factor that in then the term "deal of the century" comes to mind.
If all you do is Facebook, then clearly getting a retina MBP is a luxury. But use it for work, the price really doesn't matter very much.
Just ordered, by the way... can't wait... :P