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Consumer before Company
Authored by: mini.boss on Apr 18, '08 09:10:00AM

It's really sick how many people out there worry more about the corporate well-being over what's good for the consumer. There are a lot of people who dislike (or even take offense to) the idea of a Mac clone, but there are some things that seems to always be ignored:

1) It's not the mid 1990's anymore.
There are constant references to the failure of clones in the Macs past, but those failed for a reason. PPC Macs ran on very high end and expensive hardware so the end result were clones that were poor in quality and support. Many of us from those days understood how bulletproof our PowerMacs were and that justified the pricetag.

But with the Intel switch then todays Intel Macs aren't different from the Intel PC's. So the chances of getting a troublesome Mac is just as likely as getting a faulty Dell/HP/Clone. These parts all come from the same place.

2) Overpaying for the Name
I have no problem with what I paid for my Mac. BUT, I'm not going to lie and say that I didn't overpay for what I got. As said earlier, the quality of parts stink all around and that is a huge reason why many of us are constantly pushing people to get AppleCare. One day you WILL need it.

And that is where clones come in. Some of us buy AppleCare and do maintenance to ensure a long life for our $2000 Mac. But if you start hitting Dell/HP/Clone prices then there's no guilt in upgrading your $500 Mac Clone every 18 months. I've been doing that with PC's for years so why not Macs?

3) Clones are offering something Apple Doesnt
Prices aside, If the clones were offering a "mini" and an "all-in-one" then people wouldn't care as much. But what they have is an upgradeable consumer tower. You know, the biggest selling desktop style for the last 20 years.

Apple is trying to be unique with the Mini and iMac but the reality is that average consumers like towers. There's no compromises in miniaturized parts. There's no need to throw away the integrated monitor because the motherboard died. And even though most users don't ever open their system, mentally it gives them user a sense of security that IF they ever wanted to upgrade something then they can and it won't cost much.

Overall, I think that this hoopla over PsyStar would be a great thing for the Mac Community. It would be a huge signal to Apple that they need to fill that gaping hole in their lineup and start adjusting their prices to match the market. But once again the Mac Community is working AGAINST the consumer and doing what they can to try to spin good ideas like "affordable Mac tower" into a bad idea.

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You must be a communist.
Authored by: fritz102 on Apr 22, '08 06:42:36PM
I assume, then, that you are a communist.

I don't mean that as an insult (it's certainly not intended as one). But putting the person before the company is distinctly a communist idea. Companies need to make money to innovate, and Apple does that by making rock-solid hardware and software that work together. Allowing clones would put a knife in Apple's business strategy. And if you like Macs as they currently are, that's a very bad thing.

Having solid integration between software and hardware is (basically) all that distinguishes a Mac. It's what enables neat features like Remote Disc in MBAs, plug-and-play-just-about-anything, and generally the ease-of-use and stability that a PC lacks. And if you can forgo such features, there already is a substitute. Windows. But the stability of a Mac is what sets it apart, and the sexiness of the hardware helps.

You say you overpay for the Apple name, but the Apple brand sets it apart from the PCs that, presumably, you dislike. Allow clones, and the importance of the Apple name disappears--but so do all of the advantages.

My point is this--you can't both have clones and expect the Apple experience. And if you remove the Apple experience, you might as well be using a PC.

Product distinction. It makes good, capitalistic sense. And as always, the consumer wins.

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Company before Consumer
Authored by: S on May 19, '08 10:13:31AM

Better corporate wellbeing » more money to invest » cheaper, better products » more customers » better corporate wellbeing » more money to invest » cheaper, better products » more customers » better corporate wellbeing » more money to invest » cheaper, better products » more customers » better corporate wellbeing...

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