Is apple a rip-off. I think they are because there products are really expensive for what you get so what do you think?
Answer by James58321 · Sep 05, 2010 at 09:55 AM
Macbook I once owned: 1000$
Non-full sized keyboard
Current Laptop: $640
4GB DDR2 RAM
Full sized keyboard
As you can see, the PC is better and cheaper than the mac. also, when my battery began to die, gateway sent me one FREE (minus shipping and handling) Unlike apple, about a year when I had it, I was stupid enough to spill some coke on it, and how much did it cost to repair? $150. now, none of the internal components died or were damaged, JUST the keyboard. 150 freaking bucks? what a waste. PC FTW
Answer by TechTech111 · Sep 05, 2010 at 09:48 AM
I do NOT think apple is a rip-off because you are paying for what you get. Apple products are quality that's why they price them at that price because they are good!
Answer by Timn96 · Sep 05, 2010 at 10:51 AM
I do think they're very expensive, but you have to take in to consideration the materials and manufacturing process. It's true that you can get a Windows PC with better specs for a considerable amount less, but if you buy an iMac, you'll notice the screen has outstanding quality, and the bodywork is amazingly designed - which gives it such a high pricetag. Also, it's made by Apple.
Answer by Tom White · Sep 05, 2010 at 09:37 AM
They might be expensive and some products overpriced, but when I look for a product I look for quality and if I need to pay extra for that I will. I also find only a few things I would not buy because of the price tags like a macbook air and the old apple tv.
Answer by Uelogy · Sep 05, 2010 at 09:52 AM
Yeah they are higher priced.
However it depends what something is worth to you, and what is important to you.
I like OS X, the design, Apple Care etc i could go on - but thats just whats important to me.
I earn what i might earn, and I weigh that up against with what Apple offers, and I personally don't consider it a rip-off.
Its all perspective.
Answer by Tim Fontana · Sep 05, 2010 at 11:40 AM
They are and they arent, you oay from $1000 for a laptop or desktop, ok. but the specs are worse than a windows fc for half the price, you then have a 90 day warranty. on most computers you have atleast a year. you have to pay about $200 for the extra cover, what does this say about what they feel about thier build quality? you are paying about 600 for just the os, name and the design. i have heard of Macbooks overheating and running very warm. andn yes, the repiar prices are ridiculous too. sure by all means if you need a mac, for it been a mac, then get a mac, but for a home use, then get a pc, with a better warranty, better specs and better build quality. Just dont get asus, they have more problems than any other brand i have ever seen. high pitched noises ftl
Answer by Hanhart · Sep 05, 2010 at 11:53 AM
The reason why I think Apple is not a rip off.
Their machines last very long. I have an G4 Cube (9 years old!) that runs Mac Os 10.4. Great for using iTunes and fun to have. I used my previous PowerBook for over 4 years and I never had a problem with it.
The Os. Nothing beats the experience that Os X brings.
Final Cut Studio. I use it alot and it works great.
Answer by djmoore711 · Sep 05, 2010 at 12:39 PM
Want to do some real comparisons? Try to build a laptop on HP, Dell, Gateway, Toshiba, or anywhere of your tier 1 choice. The prices start looking pretty even to get the same hardware on one of their systems.
This article is a few years old, but I suggest you read over and try for yourself. Tell me if you get the same results.
Come on ... they buy the same chips from the same manufacturers. You think RelTek is going to give PC manufacturers the price advantage over Apple? No! They're all going to get the same bulk unit price...
Intel actually wrote a very good article on Mac vs. PC. They make a good point: you can use Boot Camp to dual-boot Windows and get the best of both worlds. Instead of price, which by now, is a dead argument, they say to focus on the user experience. What do you need? What do you want to do with it?
If I'm a gamer, what good is a cheap computer that won't play any games?! So what if I got it at a steal? I don't accomplish what I set out to do! Obviously, I'd opt for a PC, but I'd also consider running Boot Camp on a Mac and game in Windows on very similar hardware to some other PC's at the same price.
So, it looks as if this price argument is mute. Actual comparable hardware has comparable price (which makes complete sense)! It's all from the same companies. What makes PC cheaper is cheaper parts, and a bigger variety of manufacturers focusing on lowering the price, where Apple isn't so focused on this with most of the ranges, and are all about making what they feel is a good, quality computer.
In the end, you get what you pay for--no cutting the corners. The hardware is the same. The operating systems are beginning to show some very striking similarities. Now, it's coming down to what third-party software you want to run that hasn't been ported over to both OS's, or just what is your personal preference. Get what you want. Get what you need.
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