Originally posted by onlooker
[B]An $800 - $900 "complete mac system" would steal sales from their better products. The only way I see Apple doing something like this is if they decided to cut another product. And right now that would be the iMac. I just cant see that happening. The iMac is a high quality Machine for the most part.
Mini sales take from the iMac. iMac sales take from the Powermac. Macbook sales will take from the MacBook Pro.
So, by your logic, all Apple should produce is the MacBook Pro, and the Powermac.
But, it doesn't work that way. Far more sales are generated by these products than are taken away from the more expensive lines.
It's funny how I hear a lot of PC users complaining about how they spent less on a cheaper PC, and should have gotten a more expensive Mac because their PC is a POS, but the fact is that Macs are relatively inexpensive compared to PC's with identical specs, and what people are really complaining about is they went cheap, and now they weep.
While I hear less complaints about the Mac's price that I have been, on forums , there is still a large number of people who are turned off by either the prices, or by what Apple offers for the prices that they do.
Thr truth is that the box the machine comes in is just an expensive wrapper. There is no evidence that the materials used, or the extensive custom designs add to anything other than the looks and price.
If Apple produced a less expensive machine, then people who would not have considered buying a Mac, might change their minds. Many people I know in the PC side of things REALLY want to see at least a removable graphics card.
If Apple did produce that $800 to $900 machine, brought their monitors down in price a bit, and came out with an affordable 19", like everyone else has done, people would buy the computer and the monitor. Apple wouldn't lose anything.
All Apple needs right now is to make some cheap suck @ss box that every Mac, and Mac/windows user can complain about to help their image.
You're making a bad assumption that this would have to be bad.