Originally Posted by Rookie1337
I'm so conflicted with this post. On the one hand you sound intelligent enough to recognize how effective psychological marketing works and yet you bought into it?
I will admit that certain aspects of Apple's products are appealing but as a whole and their price/performance ratio makes it impossible to justify buying their products. Also, their Dictator in a turtle neck scares the crap out of me. Jobs scares me more than Gates could ever.
As for a "user's choice". All a mac shows me is that the person is often either gay, a female, elderly, and/or they know less about a computer than I know about cars (which is very little). Apple is not about a "user's choice" but rather a user's willingness to sacrifice choice for a fad/fashion accessory.
If ever there was a perfect example of how people don't care for freedom it would be in electronics/computers/software. Because if they gave a damn about freedom and choice they would be using Linux.
And the reason Apple has gained so much money is because of the insane profit margins they have for each of their products. The make something like 100+ dollars per phone (when you take out the cost of making the phone) and I think it's the same for their computers.
I bought my Macbook Pro Laptop specifically because Unity3d was only Mac back then. Since then they have ported to Windows, and I run it on my Sig Rig with no problems.
And to the point about profit margins..you make my point. Dell, Sony, Toshiba and others could try to raise prices too...what would happen? They'd lose more market share...
My point is that people will pay much higher premiums for a company that market's themselves and give's their Brand a believable persona like Apple does. See Vera Wang, Harley Davidson, Ferrari.....Same story.
I'm not saying it's right, it just is. People buy these brands to make themselves feel good and in alot of cases they attach a "i'm better than you attitude with it as they strut around with their new "toy, car, dress etc".
Another subject completely is my personal opinion that our society is freakin nuts, so much that priorities are so out of whack.
-The most important thing to Kids is their Cellphone and would DIE...or Kill you (parents) if you got in their way.
- Idolizing sports stars / celebs
- "Reality TV"..oh god we are all going to hell, just for allowing this to prosper.
- Outright failure of honest government /too big to fail companies....