The coffee thing is much too easily dismissed and misused. If people understood how that all started, how bad her burns were, how hot the coffee was in that particular McDonalds due to a malfunction.
If people understood that she simply wanted them to cover her medical expenses for the burn at first, how they laughed her off... and that's how she eventually EARNED a serious amount of money. If it was a frivolous suit, she would have lost... that should tell you a lot. Let's not bitch and complain about the fact that we have rights and protections, that even when you're the little guy, you can force the big guy to listen and do right by you. It's a very good thing.
Apple released one slick product, and nobody needs this product, nobody is being hurt by this product. Things depreciate that fast and faster. Let me tell you what my last month's rent is worth to me now... not much.
The iPhone was for those that could afford to buy it, people mistakenly assume that because they want Apple products, that that means it was intended for them. In the electronics industry, depreciation is a function of time, it's not a smooth function, and it often can't be predicted.
I'm still waiting to replace my Palm Tungsten E b/c according to my calculations the successor to the Tungsten E2 and TX should have arrived a couple of years back... it hasn't, and it's not looking like it ever will. I feel like a total chump for not buying a TX two years ago because I'd already be needing to replace it and instead I'm still waiting. Let me tell you, there's been a lot of important things I've missed b/c I wanted to save a few bucks on my PDA.
This idea that because prices drop you shouldn't buy, is a mistake. It only stands to reason that Apple would release the iPhone at a higher price when all that would have happened is that ebayers would have made a bunch of money instead of Apple had they released it low. Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft should have done the same with their consoles. Even the idea of a rebate after the fact is a great idea.
Let's stop with the nonsense when it comes to optional, cherry on top, type of things. These aren't subject to monopolies, (if they weren't unique items, we wouldn't want them), these are totally free will items that were purchased with a clear head and at a very well defined price. Now, malfunctions, wrong specs, bad build quality ... that's law suit material, this price change is not.
I will say this though, Apple made a mistake in not offering a rebate from the beginning. It's always a long term bad thing to spite the people who like your products the best. Your real fanatics, your base... why spite them? I don't have an iPhone, it got tempting at $299.00 + unlocking but now that the unlocking is a big deal... well nevermind.
About unlocking: It's such a high profile device that of course it's going to continue to be re-locked. For the same reason, it's going to continue to be unlocked. It's just unfortunate that it's not this hush-hush thing you can just do an move on because of the celebrity of the iPhone.
This same celebrity is why it's even a big deal that it dropped in price. I support Apple on this. I think if I were an iPhone customer that purchased it right away, I'd support them on this. There's no sense in having these sitting on the shelves, these need to be popular enough so that they don't vanish.
Anyhow, it's weird to be rooting for the big guy... but I absolutely am. Especially when the little guy throws out such absurd numbers. Over $1 million dollars? Yeah right. Please don't ever go to an outlet mall because you'll have a heart attack. Never go to end of season sales without medical personnel. If you bought a t-shirt for $40.00, you obviously liked it, could afford it and should be happy. I don't see how my buying later on for $4.00 should motivate you to do anything except perhaps change your shopping habits.