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Old 03-30-2013, 10:02 AM   #36
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Originally Posted by Sregener View Post
Yes, you can get a slow, underperforming Windows PC much cheaper than the cheapest new Mac. But when you compare similar hardware (quality screen, resolution, processor speed, case durability etc.) the price difference all but disappears.
Try comparing a Lenovo ThinkPad T430 to MacBook Pro's. You will find that you're getting more and paying less. Incidentally, Lenovo is one of the more expensive brands out there.

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Same for the iPad. You can get a cheap Android tablet, and discover that the case isn't aluminum, the glass scratches easily, or the speed is horrible. Or you can buy a comparable Android tablet in quality to the iPad and spend close to $400. Still less than an iPad at retail, but that difference may be made up with institutional bulk orders and educational discounts.
Apple uses aluminum and glass because it is cheap and gives the impression of quality (the, "it feels solid," mentality). The reality is that neither aluminum frames nor glass absorb shock very well. Many plastics are better at absorbing shock. I also love your comment about education discounts: you have already had two people tell you that Apple hasn't offered deep discounts in at least a decade. Here's an idea of what an institutional discount gets you from Apple these days:

http://arstechnica.com/apple/2013/03...r-good-reason/

I also don't understand why you think that institutional bulk orders will push the cost of Apple products near (or below) the price of products from other vendors. Keep in mind that these vendors are capable of providing discounts too.
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