Originally Posted by vinney57
I do have to agree though that for the first time is several years the Mac line up is looking seriously overpriced. There are lots of perfectly sound arguments for premium pricing in a recession but my loyalty is being a little tested. Getting a PC would be unthinkable, but delaying purchases isn't.
Apple foresaw exactly this kind of behavior, and they are fine with it. If you listen to the earnings call with Jobs and Cook a few months back, you'll hear that they expected their users not to bail, but to delay.
Me, I think machines are cheap these days. All machines. I think people have lost perspective, probably thanks to so much cheap junk from China.
I remember paying $10,000 for an early Compaq 386 running at the then blazing speed of 20Mhz, with a then huge 2MB of RAM, and a then gargantuan 40MB hard disk, as well as a 19" color CRT and a graphics card that could output 1024 x 768 with 16 colors.
The thing came with DOS and absolutely no applications. It had no networking capability of any kind, no CD player or recorder, no sound, actually, unless you count beeps.
Those are 1988 dollars we are talking about, by the way. The machine was built in the USA though, and back then it felt like the coolest thing...
So when I look at something like a MacBook Pro with Leopard and iLife, I have a really hard time seeing it as expensive. Yeah, it costs more than a PC laptop would, but spread over the life of the machine the difference is like $2 per day at most. If that's the OS/X and Johnny Ives tax, I'll pay it gladly.