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Does that estimate factor volume discounts that Amazon might get for getting these things in bulk?
I assume it would. If they're using industry pricing, that would be per 1,000 or larger orders... then again I'm assuming that they're smart enough to not use retail pricing to figure out the net cost of the item...

And just like with new consoles... they don't care if they lose money on the device if they know that most people will probably buy a dozen or two apps/games/etc...

And I will certainly be using my Kindle Fire to buy stuff. They already have me hook, line and sinker.
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post #22 of 35
They forgot the Labor Cost, and shipping cost..

Bulk discount or not, i'm pretty sure Amazon are losing more then $10 per Fire
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post #23 of 35
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Actually, pretty much all consoles were sold at loss when they were released (except the Wii), iirc.

And apps might not cost $59.99, but at 99 cents, you buy more of them (well, maybe not, but that works for me if I compare my $5 Steam games to my $60 360 games )
Well with Steam sales you can get $50+ priced console games at $5 and $10. You never see console games on a deep sale like that. Ever. Once they hit 2 or 3 years old then they drop down in price majorly. Within 1 year it's usually $10 off. But with PC games prices drop very fast. $59 games in 3 to 4 months drop to $29.99 to $39.99 almost always. This is why it pays to be a PC gamer.
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Tablets blow...and so does Facebook and Twitter and watching vids, reading books or surfing the web on a tiny screen.

And why would you buy something you don't want/need just cause it's cheap? Cause that's what I'm hearing from some ppl...like seriously ***?

Anyway, I'm sure these will sell well, but that's not saying much these days...
So do you read books on your big screen tv? This thing is the size of a paperback.
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And why would you buy something you don't want/need just cause it's cheap? Cause that's what I'm hearing from some ppl...like seriously ***?
Disposable income.
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Its nice to say but they are not losing money these have to be retail prices for individual items i work for att and the iphone cost 186$ to make yet its sold for 700$ the most expensive piece is the "retina display" at a whopping 14$
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Manufacturing costs $8, lol. Must be put together by 14 year old Chinese slaves like 90% of the stuff manufactured these days.
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Its nice to say but they are not losing money these have to be retail prices for individual items i work for att and the iphone cost 186$ to make yet its sold for 700$ the most expensive piece is the "retina display" at a whopping 14$
I call bullsh*, in that even the at&t CEO doesn't know for sure how much it costs to build an iPhone for apple.

It's proprietary info and has never been released.
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I call bullsh*, in that even the at&t CEO doesn't know for sure how much it costs to build an iPhone for apple.

It's proprietary info and has never been released.
google it, it was know the day it was released.
    
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I call bullsh*, in that even the at&t CEO doesn't know for sure how much it costs to build an iPhone for apple.

It's proprietary info and has never been released.
It might be internal information... but the components are commodity parts. Many are avaliable from multiple manufacturers and Apple probably does not have an exclusive purchasing agreement with any of them. There's no magic in hardware assembly/sourcing.
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