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2106 Views 16 Replies Latest reply: Sep 6, 2007 1:59 PM by ChrisB32
Currently Being ModeratedSep 6, 2007 5:01 AM (in response to Richie Hofherr)I've purchased almost EVERY piece of new technology that Apple has put out in the last 15+ years and have NEVER had a purchase devalued by 33% only 11 weeks after launch.
I've never been upset by price decreases in Apple products because they always came at the appropriate time in the life cycle, they weren't that much, and most of the time they didn't even go down, you just paid the same price for a lot more features.
This, selling the iPhone for $200 extra to the Apple faithful and then whacking $200 off the price 11 weeks later to try to get all the people too cheap to pay top dollar for Apple products to buy one, is something that Apple has never done before, and I don't appreciate it, along with a few other hundred thousand people I'm sure.
I hope they are realizing what a serious mistake they have made in angering their most loyal customers and do something to make this right.iBook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.10), 8 GB iPhone
Currently Being ModeratedSep 6, 2007 5:04 AM (in response to Richie Hofherr)
Hopefully my perspective will be considered...
Nice try, but I doubt it.
Forget the fact that there were hundreds of thousands who bought the RAZR when it was first out and was the next great thing, and had to pay full whack for it, while within a few months it was being given away, or that many of these same people have bought a car and never given a thought to the fact that the day before or after it was a different price (and often vastly different, not just $200). Forget the fact that these same people sought out the iPhone at the price they paid for it, clearly thinking that price was a fair one to pay, and that no-one actually made them buy one. Forget these things, and a ton of others, because to consider the facts and perspective requires some thought, and there's precious little here at the moment.
Here there's anger and frustration - not things you can rationalize.G5 DP/2.0, Mini/1.25, Mini/1.50, G4/450, TiBook/800, iBook G4/800, iPhone, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 6, 2007 5:18 AM (in response to Richie Hofherr)Considering the fact that the speaker is far from great and the headset that came with the iPhone is defective (doesn't work or shorts out when exposed to high humidity or sweat) and that the price drop occurred approx. 65 days after introduction I feel slighted by Apple. I have been an Apple user since I saw the first Mac Ad watching the Super Bowl in '84. Have 4 Macs, 2 iPods, airport and and Apple TV at home. The products are great. But a $200 (1/3) price drop and not a mention of those who paid the higher price during the Job's keynote is insulting, especialy after only 65 days.
I hope Apple reads the papers and news accounts of customer dissatisfaction and comes out with a plan similar to what they did with the Aperture price drop and issue coupons or credits for the $200.
I have contacted ATT and Discover Card and I have no recourse in the matter as far as them giving me a refund. Discover has told me I can dispute the price since I have an outstanding warranty issue current. (headset) but I am undecided.
The next few days will tell. Have read here that apple has refunded one individual $150. anyone else hear anything similairG5; 2 IMACs, PB and an iPhone, Mac OS X (10.4.10), Airport wireless
Currently Being ModeratedSep 6, 2007 5:24 AM (in response to Richie Hofherr)I agree with the OP. I’m very surprised at all the negative posts about a price drop on a technology product. Wow. This is nothing new at all. In fact, even before the iPhone came out, I was reading about an expected significant price drop shortly after “opening day.” Remember the Motorola Razr? It was approx $500 at first and now they give them away….and that was/is just a phone. DVD Players, flat panel TVs…remember the Phillips plasma was like $12k. As an early adopter you are not getting a deal on your iPhone, you are getting the luxury of having an iPhone before everyone else. You pay a premium for that luxury. This holds true for just about every new technology/product release. I bet I can wait another year and get the iPhone for $199, but then again I don’t get to use an iPhone for another year. Is it worth the price? That answer will vary. The 3G model will be out before we know it and probably another price drop. I’m jealous of all the iPhone owners out there no matter how much you paid. I would have loved to be the first in line and pay that premium. Use your iPhone and have fun. The price drop is a sunk cost and there is no sense worrying about it now. Just enjoy having one the best technology products every released.Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 6, 2007 5:28 AM (in response to Richie Hofherr)I agree. I'm quite happy with my iPhone - people still stop me and ask me about it and I use it 24/7. I've never had a problem with it and those whining that it doesn't work they way they want it are simply barking up the wrong tree.
NO ONE twisted your arm to buy it at the price you paid. YOU paid that because you wanted it at that price. You certainly could have waited for the price to drop. What are you going to say when AT&T starts giving it away with every new account? Go ballistic on us?
Apple has sold 1.3 million iPhones in less than three months when the pundits were saying they wouldn't sell that many within a year. With the price drop Apple will sell another three million easily and everywhere you go, you'll see an iPhone.
As an early adopter I'm sure you don't want that to happen because you wanted to have the exclusive of owning the iPhone while your friends envied you. Now your friends can afford to have an iPhone and you are just "one of the gang".
That's life. Live with it.3Ghz MacPro, 24" Intel iMac & C2D Black MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 6, 2007 5:30 AM (in response to HudsonJohns)This is some of the draw backs with being on the bleeding edge of technology is that sometimes this happens. This is why I usually wait 2-3 months after a product release to purchase.MacBook Pro, MacPro, Mac OS X (10.4)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 6, 2007 6:08 AM (in response to Richie Hofherr)Plain and simple. Tell me 1 apple item that in 2 months that was discounted 33% ? there is none that I can think of. The ipod 5th gen stayed at the same price for a while. Even when the 5.5 gen came out it was still about the same. The only reason people are ****** (including me) is because its too soon and a BIG drop. I understand he wanted for the chart to look nice with $399 and $399 for the iphone but that is not normal in this world. Have you seen the mabook or macbook pro go down $200 and they cost $1k plus. Not realistic of what Apple did to us that paid $599 for it.
MikeMacbook 2 Core Duo 2ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 6, 2007 6:20 AM (in response to skullz99)The price drop is unprecedented; imagine the new 80GB iPod's drops from $250 to 167.50 by mid November. I wish the new LED laptops would drop from $2000 to $1340; it's actually a month older than the iPhone. Unheard of, Apple is really starting to get too cocky for it's own good, and is ignoring and insulting its fan and user base big time.iPhone, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 6, 2007 6:32 AM (in response to Richie Hofherr)Yeah, this does "sting". And I'm very surprised by Apple's willingness to devalue the iPhone so quickly. I get a kick out of some of the other posts about this should have been expected, etc. First thought is that those posters are either Apple employees or Apple "FanBoys". But, regardless I don't believe ANYONE thought that a price cut of 33% would be announced. Certainly not only ~60 days after launch.
Being an Apple shareholder, I'm all for increasing company awareness, market share, etc. But I do have a problem with being "kicked in the balls" as was so eloquently posted in another thread. This doesn't affect how I feel about Apple technology. Just makes me learn a lesson to not be the first one out of the gate with the new Apple technology. It is only because of us, the "early adopters" that the iPhone is where it is today. And the next wave of adopters will step over us and the inflated price we paid to buy their 8GB iPhone for $200 less than we did.
Man! This bites!MacBook Pro (17"), MacPro (Intel), MacBook, iBook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 6, 2007 6:35 AM (in response to Richard Goodwin)I find it a heck of a lot more convincing than all of these other posters CLAIMING to be LOYAL customers of Apple, and yet all they can fricking do is gripe and complain, threaten to give up on Apple products...etc. Oh yea that's loyalty for ya. Sheeeesh, with so called loyalty like that, Apple is probably thinking, who the heck needs ya. Just my $.0220" IMAC 2.16 Intel Core 2 Duo - 2G Ram - 80G iPod - iTunes 7.3.2, Mac OS X (10.4.10), Beautiful 8G iPhone - BootCamp/Vista Ultimate - 320GB WD My Book External
Currently Being ModeratedSep 6, 2007 6:37 AM (in response to skullz99)
I've bought more technology then you and none of them ever fell 33% in only 2 months after release!
One more tech item you need to buy is grammar checker. It would be 'more than', not 'more then'.MacPro 2 x 2.66 GHz Dual Core, 23" HD Display X1900 XT, 2 GB, Bootcamp, Mac OS X (10.4.10), Alienware ALX, Benq 23" LCD