Apple twice the price of PCs

Research by analyst house NPD has shown that, on average, Apple users pay twice as much in the shops as PC users. Retail data showed that in June the average cost of a Windows laptop was $700, compared to $1,515 for an Apple machine. The difference was even more stark with desktop models, with the average Windows machine going for $550, compared to $1,543 for an Apple.

"There are plenty of Windows PCs you can buy at high prices," Stephen Baker, NPD's vice president of industry analysis told vnunet.com. "But if you want to buy an Apple you don't have any choice, you'll have to pay more." He said that in his opinion it was just a choice Apple had made and the company could argue that the value of the software and brand made up for the price differential.

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Well, a BIG selling feature of a Mac is that IT CAN RUN WINDOWS and Windows programs! So, since the Mac can run XP/Vista, it's all crap.

(RAID 0 said @ #33.1)
Well, a BIG selling feature of a Mac is that IT CAN RUN WINDOWS and Windows programs! So, since the Mac can run XP/Vista, it's all crap.

so its like getting a porche and ford for the price of a porche then?

(offroadaaron said @ #33.2)

so its like getting a porche and ford for the price of a porche then?

Considering the reputations Ford and Porsche have, that's one way to look at it.

What apple lacks is a "budget" mac in the $500 price range. They have the bare-bone mac mini for $600, but with all the components it will cost close to $1000. And you can upgrade a mac mini like a regular desktop machine. So basically they need to make a desktop version of the mac mini and price it around $400.

I think that is Apple's big plan, to go after the "budget PC" market.

I think that is Apple's big plan, to go after the "budget PC" market.

I do not agree. One of Apple's selling points is that it's worth the extra money for the "better hardware".

People buy PCs because they have other things in their life that occupies them, and their PC is used for their everyday computing needs. Mac people buy macs because their life revolves around Apple, so this is probably the reason why they would spend more for a Mac.

Actually I bought mine so I could more efficiently use it for my everyday computing needs. You'd be amazed how much time you save when you're not protecting, scanning, defragging, updating, and rebooting.

(jesseinsf said @ #35)
People buy PCs because they have other things in their life that occupies them, and their PC is used for their everyday computing needs. Mac people buy macs because their life revolves around Apple, so this is probably the reason why they would spend more for a Mac.

Or maybe they just have the money and like Macs more.

Whoooa.

(John S. said @ #35.2)
Actually I bought mine so I could more efficiently use it for my everyday computing needs. You'd be amazed how much time you save when you're not protecting, scanning, defragging, updating, and rebooting.

AV software does its thing automatically. No human required.
Scanning what?
Defragging; for those with defrag-OCD maybe this is an issue, but it's not needed.
Apple doesn't issue updates? Besides the ones you pay for, the ones they call Jungle Cat, Jungle Cat Again and Jungle Cat in the Hat?
On rebooting; every hear of a kernal panic? Many other Mac users have.

Stop buying into the I'm a Mac ads.

(John S. said @ #35.2)
Actually I bought mine so I could more efficiently use it for my everyday computing needs. You'd be amazed how much time you save when you're not protecting, scanning, defragging, updating, and rebooting.

Vista now covers all five of those 'problems' you speak of automatically. Seriously.

This is years of progress at work.

BUT, I do accept that owning a custom-built PC is a bit of a pain in the arse to diagnose hardware problems when they surface. However it's a rare occurrence.

it's obvious that apple fans have more money to spend, while working and not wasting time in a flame war in neowin...


don't look at me, I don't have a mac and it's probably the first article I write comments...

I own a macbook pro and yet im not a apple fanboys and consider almost any Apple products are overpriced and overhyped.

But yet, there are people that don't have much options :

a ) hackintosh if you have lucky or have enough time/expertise to spend time tweaking the machine.

b ) An Apple products is considered a elitist / fashion product and for some persons this fact really matter, is the same to buy a expensive rolex versus a cheap casio.

c ) people that need OSX (my case).

The latest Dell Studio lines also make an interesting comparison with apple:

Dell Studio Hybrid
2GHz Celeron
1GB RAM
160GB Desktop Drive
Integrated graphics
Larger form factor
Cost £399

Apple Mac Mini
1.83 GHz Core 2 Duo
1GB RAM
80GB Laptop drive
Integrated graphics
Small form factor
£cost 399

This is with the Mac Mini having been out several years and needing a refresh.

I don't care what the arguements are about more secure, or stable or whatever, any Mac is NOT worth the price you pay compared to a Windows system.

Most Mac lovers are just fanatical fanboys, just like all you raving lunatic Firefox fanboys!!

And who was the rocket scientist that realized Macs are way more expensive than PC's!!

Anyone who thinks that Apple's higher price tag is news is brand new to the world of technology. That logo, which merely conceals PC-brand parts and therefore has no real value in and of itself, is still very expensive. Apple wants you to believe you are paying for some sort of experience.

The experience is called being a naive consumer.

lol so many windows people, so much jealousy, I have 2 pc's and a Mac so I'm not particularly an Apple fanboy, though you windows guys are really trying to make yourselves feel better about yourselves.

(sarcasm)nice facts like:
-The experience is called being a naive consumer.
-they consume and therefore they exist
-its obvious that apple fans have more money to spend.
-People buy PCs because they have other things in their life that occupies them, and their PC is used for their everyday computing needs. Mac people buy macs because their life revolves around Apple, so this is probably the reason why they would spend more for a Mac.

and the list goes on and on.
(/sarcasm)

i agree with the above statement also i'd like to add to all apple / windows / linux fanbois if its not in a climate controled room of it own serving hundreds then its a PC ( and i can hear the mactards scream NOOooooo ) oh yes my furry little fiends its a PC why you ask well what does PC stand for? Personal Computer so realy it doesn't mater who buys what were all the same in the end slaves of the bit the byte and never ending thirst for faster

(Atlonite said @ #43)
i agree with the above statement also i'd like to add to all apple / windows / linux fanbois if its not in a climate controled room of it own serving hundreds then its a PC ( and i can hear the mactards scream NOOooooo ) oh yes my furry little fiends its a PC why you ask well what does PC stand for? Personal Computer so realy it doesn't mater who buys what were all the same in the end slaves of the bit the byte and never ending thirst for faster

Here here!

Also, I'm a PC man, have been all my life, but I am going to invest in a Mac at some point in the not so distant future as I would like a dedicated web design PC/Laptop.

fanboys from both sides, who gives a $%#! honestly.

Are the PC Fanboys going to buy a Mac probably not, are they giong to convince a Mac Fanboy to change, probably not, so why bother.
Reverse that for the other side.

Security means f'all as it is only as secure as the user in front of the machine. It doesn't matter how many updates are released on each side.

Just use the machine you prefer to do what you what, when you want, how you want, how cares what OS its running. It's all just 0's and 1's in the long run.

(dyreryft said @ #44)
fanboys from both sides, who gives a $%#! honestly.

Are the PC Fanboys going to buy a Mac probably not, are they giong to convince a Mac Fanboy to change, probably not, so why bother.
Reverse that for the other side.

Security means f'all as it is only as secure as the user in front of the machine. It doesn't matter how many updates are released on each side.

Just use the machine you prefer to do what you what, when you want, how you want, how cares what OS its running. It's all just 0's and 1's in the long run.

+1

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