Will Moderate For Cigars
Date registered: Apr 2005
Vehicle: 2002 ML320, 2005 S430 4MATIC, 2010 F150 Crew Cab
Location: City on the TN River
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I can buy a Toyota Corolla that rides like a log wagon, gets 30 mpg for $17,500. I could buy a Mercedes C Class that rides and handles much smoother, wraps me in luxury and gets 26 mpg and costs $37,000. It all depends if you want a Dyson or a Bissell. Each performs as they are designed to perform. Windows based PC's are consumer level machines. 90% of ordinary people own them because they're either too cheap to buy a Mac or have no reason to buy one. Macs are professional level machines. You get what you pay for. If Microsoft built in all the features and virus protection that Mac has to offer, you would see a considerable increase in price. Why? Because Mac builds in their developer costs and spreads it across the board from hardware to software, making their OS more affordable to people with older Macs. That's why you see their machines sell for a premium.
A quality case in point: My brother's custom built machine he paid over $2100 for in 2002 lays in a closet, infested with viruses and clogged with malware. He's taken it to 3 computer specialists. The first and second could not repair and the third said 'buy another, it's not worth saving.' Meanwhile, the slightly slower iMac G4 we purchased for $1,349 in the same month in 2002 is going strong right this minute. It's never had malware, viruses or Trojan horses. The difference? The Mac's UNIX based OS is simply more stable and less virus friendly. With Macs, you have to give viruses permission to let them in. PC's are vulnerable because of serious design flaws in their OS, making it easy to bypass 'security' to install malware and viruses. Windows sucks and oddly enough, most users know it. But, they are content to keep using it and buying 3rd party software to protect them.
Macs are gaining ground because they're easier to use, have more stability and eye candy and they're always ahead of Microsoft OS. Apple innovates, Microsoft imitates. That's been the game for years. Apple will continue to lead in technology because they'd rather cater to the few by providing excellent hardware and software than cater to the many and sacrifice quality for bottom line sales.
Mac prices have steadily declined for years. The iMac INTEL in my work office is 1.8 times faster than my iMac G5, came with Leopard OSX 10.5 and had 1 gig of memory for $600 LESS than what I paid for my G5 in 2005. So, you can get a better, faster machine for less. No, Apple should not lower prices. No reason to. They're gaining market share at a steady pace, now. Why should they?
2005 S430 4Matic 'Morton' W220.183 • 722.671 Rest in Peace
Bells and whistles are thorns and thistles.
Last edited by cmitch; 08-06-2008 at 07:38 PM.