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#1 ACTIONpack

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 16:15

  • Cell Phone Services : Today good cell phone services will run you about $110 with att or verzion but you really don't get of what you with those services.
  • Cell Phone : With a huge mark up and having to change it every 2 years or less. You're really not getting what's worst. They design the phones to not last that long verses the 90s Nokia phones that would still work today.
  • Adobe Software : Designers are not making the money like they use to be. Everyone wants something for free and pennies on the dollar. A good design can really make a business make a lot of money verses a free VistaPrint free site. Adobe keeps it's software at a high premium. Having to pay over $2000 for the suite, there is a reason why people pirated the software. Their Creative Cloud service is no different a month fee of $50 a month is still over price of what the freelance and employer can put down a month.
  • Video Games : $60 for video games that will only play for a month or so even the online version of games like COD is adding more money to use their maps and services. These games need to drop in price if people want to buy it. It's going to hit a point where people will not put down $100 for a game.
  • Head Phones : Headphones is the big thing today. $100, $200 and even $300 price tags for headphones that will last for 6 months to a year if you're lucky. Plus, why spend $300 on something that will be high on bass and listening to 256kps aac/mp3 quality software.
Thats it you mad? Just a few things that pop through my head. There are probably more that are over price but that's how it goes for now.


#2 Draconian Guppy

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 16:24

  • Cell Phone Services : Today good cell phone services will run you about $110 with att or verzion but you really don't get of what you with those services.
  • Cell Phone : With a huge mark up and having to change it every 2 years or less. You're really not getting what's worst. They design the phones to not last that long verses the 90s Nokia phones that would still work today.
  • Adobe Software : Designers are not making the money like they use to be. Everyone wants something for free and pennies on the dollar. A good design can really make a business make a lot of money verses a free VistaPrint free site. Adobe keeps it's software at a high premium. Having to pay over $2000 for the suite, there is a reason why people pirated the software. Their Creative Cloud service is no different a month fee of $50 a month is still over price of what the freelance and employer can put down a month.
  • Video Games : $60 for video games that will only play for a month or so even the online version of games like COD is adding more money to use their maps and services. These games need to drop in price if people want to buy it. It's going to hit a point where people will not put down $100 for a game.
  • Head Phones : Headphones is the big thing today. $100, $200 and even $300 price tags for headphones that will last for 6 months to a year if you're lucky. Plus, why spend $300 on something that will be high on bass and listening to 256kps aac/mp3 quality software.
Thats it you mad? Just a few things that pop through my head. There are probably more that are over price but that's how it goes for now.


Agree on 1... Try living in a third world country where 500mb on 4g costs $50
2. Subjective really.

5. Disagree... as an amateur audiophile... :p

#3 ahhell

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 16:25

Huh?

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 16:28

For some of these i don't get really that mad,

Cell Phones / Mobile Phones, ok they may not last as long as a nokia from the 90's but they provide a lot more functionality and are thinner / lighter. Although saying that if it was possible to change the battery on an iPhone easily then i would say it's one of the phones which could go the distance as they are really well made. (I own a Samsung Galaxy Note 2). I think a phone is acceptable if it can last the contract (in the uk avg of 2yrs) if the phone is falling to bits after a year now that is pretty poor.

As for the Adobe software, it's not really changed, it's always been expensive but then again it is a professional range of applications. If i was starting a company the capital i would range would factor in the cost of the software as well as a well supported computer, i.e. i would expect a £400 cheap computer to do the work needed for a design agency/consultant, i would have to pay extra for a higher quality computer which is supported by the supplier over the course of it's life, i.e. 3 year same day/next day. If i was really serious then i would probably opt for a really high grade color calibrated monitor with perhaps professional grade tablet, each of these hardware devices could easily beat the price of the Creative Suite from Adobe.

The problem with Photoshop is that it is a professional tool, Adobe should have marketed a lower consumer version, i know they have Photoshop Express / Elements, but this was marketed later and even in the name it sounds cut down and not as enticing for consumers even though elements does the job for 99% of what a consumer would want to do. I know this sounds like it has nothing to do with the above paragraph, however if Adobe had marketed a consumer version better then it wouldn't have been pirated as much.

Video games have always been expensive, even more so during the 90's in the UK, SNES games used to cost at least £45 and generally came out at £49.99, it's one of the things i have been most impressed with in the UK, is that games on release are generally £45 but quickly drop to 29.99.

Head phones i agree with, anything under £100 seems to fall to bits within 3 months, it's really annoying as i swear i used to use them more as a kid in the 90's and they lasted at least a year or two.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 16:36

Another one is Comcast. :angry:

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 16:39

Cable!

But, yeah, I disagree with #5. I have bought a niceish pair of Sennheiser HD 238 (not high end stuff), three years ago, and they work in great condition today. In fact I have many headphones that are years old, and they still work

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 16:43

Overpriced? I don't personally feel so. Things mentioned seem fair to me. U mad?

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 16:46

In the UK phone plans are extremely cheap if you do it the right way, I pay £12 a month for truly unlimited data and texts.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 17:02

Anything by apple ... rotten to the core

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 17:05

Anything by apple ... rotten to the core

Don't go there. :rolleyes:

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 17:11

According to the market you are wrong, things are priced based on what the market will sustain, they might be overpriced to you, but that's just your opinion

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 17:24

According to the market you are wrong, things are priced based on what the market will sustain, they might be overpriced to you, but that's just your opinion

well that's a lot of peoples' opinion then as for as cell service goes. it just keeps going up for no real good reason, and now most major cell companies don't even offer unlimited data anymore

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 17:38

Samsung galaxy 3, free uk anywhere, free Internet. £5.00 per month, not bad really. All I did was make out I dont want a mobile and that happened. 1 Blow out the water for me.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 17:57

Head Phones : Headphones is the big thing today. $100, $200 and even $300 price tags for headphones that will last for 6 months to a year if you're lucky. Plus, why spend $300 on something that will be high on bass and listening to 256kps aac/mp3 quality software.


There's a simple solution to this. Just don't use celebrity branded junk like Beats. Use quality stuff from Sennheiser, Audio Technica etc and you won't be dissapointed. I personally use Audio Technica M-50 Monitor headphones and can't fault it even if I try! :)

#15 Jason Stillion

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 18:04

There's a simple solution to this. Just don't use celebrity branded junk like Beats. Use quality stuff from Sennheiser, Audio Technica etc and you won't be dissapointed. I personally use Audio Technica M-50 Monitor headphones and can't fault it even if I try! :)


Was looking for specific quality head phone's with out the celebrity Tax :)

In addition, the older you get, the more your hear range diminishes.
What's sad is the celebrity head phones are targeted at people that probably blew out there hearing (prematurely) using ear bud head phone's with the volume way to loud.

Hint: If you have head phone's on and people around you can hear clearly... it's too loud.