[Cialug] distro for ibook

Zachary Kotlarek zach at kotlarek.com
Tue Dec 8 10:01:42 CST 2009

On Dec 8, 2009, at 9:51 AM, Afan Pasalic wrote:

> the cheapest macbook now is $999. I bought toshiba laptop few months ago for $550 with, I think, superior hardware. if macbook was $600 or $650 I would buy a one. but to pay $400 apple logo on compuer? c'mon...
> I think with these prices Apple will never reach more then 10% of market share. more often I think they play kind of "noble product" game. only "special people" (rich?) can have it. lice cadillac or mercedes or porsche... 

You're trying to buy a cheap computer. That's not what Apple sells. If that's what you want to buy you should stay away. Full stop.

Apple has virtually no interest in the sub-$1k market -- they'd be happy to let someone else clean up those low-margin sales, because selling in that market only dilutes their high-margin sales and luxury branding. That's why the only sub-$1k machine Apple has sold recently (the Mac Mini) is underpowered, overpriced, and never gets updates or ad time.

Apple's prices on more expensive machines are much more competitive. But margins are much higher across the industry when you're selling $2.5k machines, so that's not surprising.


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