Originally posted by CubeDude
I like all the features of .Mac, they grow on me more and more every day, but it is way too overpriced. $49 is great, but I think that it really should be priced at $39. I think that this is the sweet spot for .Mac.
How does one determine the cost of what something should be? By looking at alternatives? By deciding what they'd be willing to pay? By pulling numbers out of a hat?
1) There are no alternatives to .mac if you use it to its fullest extent.
2) What any given person would be willing to pay varies greatly depending on a lot of factors, not the least of which is income and age.
3) I won't say anything about this.
As I said, there are no viable alternatives to .mac and so Apple sets the bar here. Just like they did with the iPod and everyone cried and moaned about how overpriced it was. Many thought its price would cause it to flop. They were wrong. We still pay a premium for iPods but they are still selling like hotcakes (I went to 4 different stores over the weekend - 2 compusas and 2 best buys - and they had a total of 10 iPods between 'em).
Apple will judge the market and it looks like $100 is the right price to them. Think about it for a second: they've already offered 100 prints from Kodak for free ($40 if you decide that you wanted to get the prints from Wal-Mart instead), Virex (somewhere around $50), numerous games and they're offering the sims ($30), EQ ($30) or $20 off a purchase just for renewing, Sticky Brain 2 ($40), etc. Just for being a member. This doesn't count Backup (which has saved my ass more than once), iSync (saving me the trouble of syncing my phone, computer, pda and web addressbook) and email. Not to mention all the other stuff like easily mappable web-based storage and homepage...
Come on, do you want them to PAY YOU to use the thing? That's what it sounds like....