Customized Product (RED) Mac Pro revealed for upcoming charity auction

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  • Reply 21 of 69
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    There is this argument:

    If these people truly cared about helping others, they would not need anything in return for their donation other than the knowledge that they helped; all this suggests is that the buyer actually just wants to raise their own prestige amongst their own friends.  <span style="line-height:1.4em;">The one-off machi</span>
    <span style="line-height:1.4em;">ne itself will probably be worth 3000-5000 or more, which could have been, drumroll, donated to charity.  The time spent at the auction house, not to mention the cost of getting everyone there, etc,</span>
    <span style="line-height:1.4em;"> could have been spent helping charities.  In short, Apple could just put a blurb on their page asking people to donate to charity (they could arrange it and all if they like) and that would actually probably get more money.  Lots of media time and energy and money is being spent on covering this device, again more money that could be donated.</span>


    <span style="line-height:1.4em;">Then there is the argument that by doing this they are raising awareness and thus increasing donations.  I'm sure there is data to support this (as there is to counter it, probably if someone searched).</span>


    <span style="line-height:1.4em;">There are two sides, or more.</span>

    Explain to me then why US citizens are allowed to deduct charitable donations on their tax returns? Ive is getting to do a fun side project and at the same time raise lots of money for RED. Sure he could just write out a big check but then people would complain it wasn't enough or he was just showing off. I guess I don't see why this is a big deal when celebrities and other rich people do stuff like this all the time to raise money for charity. The end result is what should matter.
  • Reply 22 of 69
    Sends MacPro to Colorwafe, gets red MacPro for 50k cheaper
  • Reply 23 of 69

    Hubba Bubba!

     

    A little off topic, but does anyone think each generation of Mac Pro will see a change in its anodised hue / finish like the iPhone does to set it apart from the previous generation?

  • Reply 24 of 69
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member

    Colorways... just saying  /s

  • Reply 25 of 69
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,225member
    aaronj wrote: »
    This I don't get, at all.  There are, for instance, HUGE fashion events to raise money for AIDS or hunger or whatever.  People are wearing and bidding on -- as an example -- pairs of shoes that cost nearly $10k retail, and end up going for much, much more for that.  People bid on gowns for sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    Do you really think that if you got AIDS treatment, and were completely poor in some 3rd world country, you'd care that the money to help you came from some real rich person bidding on a pair of 5" strappy Louboutins?


    My thoughts exactly.


    Well, you know we love the Doctor right here in the States, too! :)

    But I meant US (as in geek-y tech types) not U.S. (as in the United States).  But I'm pretty sure you got the first time around. :)

    WHO are you calling a geeky tech type! :D

    BTW, I can remember like it was yesterday watching the first ever Dr. Who episode as a kid in England. The next week, because there was so much fuss over how good it was but many people missed it, they showed the first and second episode the following week one after the other, as a one off exercise. My little sister commented, "It's going to take a long time to watch in a few weeks!". We were ROFL, she was about 6.
  • Reply 26 of 69
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,650member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ascii View Post

     

    It's a beautiful computer but helping the poorest of the poor dying of AIDS, TB and Malaria by selling each other Range Rovers, Leica's, Dom Perignon, 18 karat gold earphones and $40,000 computers seems in bad taste to me.


     

    It's not in bad taste at all. I think that this red Mac Pro looks great, but I wouldn't want one, because it's associated with AIDS, charity and the poor.

     

    But if others wish to donate to charity, then good for them, I don't think that anybody can legitimately criticize others who are giving money. People are free to spend their money on whatever they please.

  • Reply 27 of 69
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Rogifan View Post



    Explain to me then why US citizens are allowed to deduct charitable donations on their tax returns? 

     

    Because taxes have always acted as a instrument of social policy.

  • Reply 28 of 69
    I'm sure it won't be the same but for about $35 - 55K less I'm sure ColorWare will be offing up an assortment of color options for the Mac Pros.
  • Reply 29 of 69
    jakebjakeb Posts: 557member

    Sure, it would be great if people just donated to charities simply because they felt it was the right thing to do. But this practice has evolved because charities have found they can drum up more money if they make a spectacle that can be promoted and talked about. 

     

    I'd say it's about pragmatism. If $1000 given with 70% selfless motivations and 30% selfish motivations, it's still more useful than $100 given with 100% selfless motivations. 

  • Reply 30 of 69
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    konqerror wrote: »
    Because taxes have always acted as a instrument of social policy.
    Sorry I guess I should have said that was a rhetorical question. ;)
  • Reply 31 of 69
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    Maybe this will get Apple to do custom colors. I think that would be cool. Though not purple. :no:

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  • Reply 32 of 69
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Rogifan View Post



    Maybe this will get Apple to do custom colors. I think that would be cool. Though not purple. image



    color.jpg

     

     

    Now we're talking!

  • Reply 33 of 69

    I love Apple but I just couldn't resist.... 

  • Reply 34 of 69
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,687member
    WHO are you calling a geeky tech type! :D

    BTW, I can remember like it was yesterday watching the first ever Dr. Who episode as a kid in England...

    I'm pretty sure you shouldn't abbreviate the Doctor.
    apple ][ wrote: »
    It's not in bad taste at all. I think that this red Mac Pro looks great, but I wouldn't want one, because it's associated with AIDS, charity and the poor.

    I can't believe I just read this statement.
  • Reply 35 of 69
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Eric Swinson View Post

     

    I love Apple but I just couldn't resist.... 


     

    Classic flavor?

  • Reply 36 of 69
    mysticmystic Posts: 514member

    I wonder how much custom third party skins will be? Slide it on and shrink to fit with a hair drier.

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  • Reply 39 of 69
    mobiusmobius Posts: 377member
    apple ][ wrote: »
    It's not in bad taste at all. I think that this red Mac Pro looks great, but I wouldn't want one, because it's associated with AIDS, charity and the poor.

    That's a very strange reason not to want a product - regardless of the quality. If we disregard the price for the time being, in what way is a Product Red Mac Pro less compelling than a stock MP with the same internals? They have exactly the performance. And the red one has the added benefit of helping those less well off than you. I would have thought that would make it more compelling a purchase.
  • Reply 40 of 69
    ecsecs Posts: 307member
    The SGI Crimson was the SGI I always dreamt of having. This red Mac Pro remembers me of it (except for the size -the Crimson was deskside- and that it's metallic).

    But my favorite color for the new Mac Pro would be WHITE. For me, Apple means WHITE. I miss the white Apples a lot.
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