They shafted themselves.
Clearly reading through these posts, we do see some level headed iPhone purchasers who realise that they paid a $200 exclusivity fee, which they judge to be worth it. Thats fine.
Ok, if you're a 15 year old kid who worked at mcdonalds all summer to buy the most expensive phone on the planet in order to be the coolest kid in class, I might feel some sympathy for you because you do not have the life experience to realise that there is a high price penalty for being cool. If this experience is the first time this has happened to you. Im sorry you wasted your summer, but that is the way the world works. Get over it, shut your mouth and engage your brain in a bit of reflective contemplation. Learn something from it and get on with life, and dont repeat the experience again.
For everyone else... This boils down to nothing but Greed and lack of self control. No understanding of reality and no perspective. Its totally expected from a nation of self-gratifying shallow losers.
If you didn't value the phone at $600 when you bought it, that begs the question of why the hell did you buy it?
Fact. There are very few people who need a $600 phone. Probably no-one. You bought it because it was cool, and you wanted to buy into that coolness. You got exactly what you wanted, what you knew you were getting and you handed over the money. You had two and a half months of flashing, gloating, feeling special, looking cool.
And when the truth comes out, you can still do all of those things and your phone still does all of the things it did when you bought it.
But the real issue here is that what the phone is, or what it does is irrelavent. The reason we have been inundated with whiners, is that people bought the phone so that they can brag "Look at my $600 phone". Thats all there is to it, and that is why they are upset.
They just lost a chunk off the bottom of the prop that holds up their shallow, insignificant lives, where the only measure of self-worth for them is an inflated price tag for a completely extravagant item.
Now that is gone, the feelings off worthless insignificance come creeping back and they default to being the whining losers they always were.
But dont blame them! Thats the state of the worthless society they live in.
End of story. Shut up. Period.
Now does any one want to hear my story of buying a Q6600, only to have it drop by $300 a month later. No. And you wont hear me moaning about it either, because I paid for what I wanted, I knew the price, I knew price cuts were coming, BUT I decided it was worth it at the price I paid. So I handed over my money and got on with it - after sitting out the first 6 months of its release waiting and showing self control for the price to drop to a level where I thought it was worth it.
But at the same time I have sympathy for the whiners, and here's why.
The iPhone was overpriced, intentionally, to capitalise on the demand it would achieve on its release. This is so Apple could make a lot of money. A big one-off windfall, and pretty sharpish. Now, that's business. Apple is a big company that makes consumer products, like Sony, say, or Nike, and has no more obligation to its customers than they do. It's a big multinational brand and it exists to make money. If there was ever any doubt of that, clearly there's none any more.
The first people to buy the iPhone were shafted, if you like, by a company chasing money. But most of these people are the same people, let's call them 'fanboys', who love the company the most, each one a walking advert for Apple. They got shafted for Apple's, well, greed, let's call it, and it's a bit of a PR disaster.
I don't think Steve Jobs is really that concerned, and judging by his comments immediately afterwards it's pretty obvious. He's the CEO of a big consumer company. But he had to do something; it's cool he was brave enough to do it, but he had to do something.