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Why are Apple computers so expensive compared to HP, Acer, Gateway, etc?

I saw an Apple Macbook at The Apple Store for 1500! It only had 2 GB and 150 Memory. Yet at Best Buy you can find a laptop made by HP, Dell, Gateway, with 5 GB with much more memory for around 600-700 dollars.

Why don't they sell Apples at Best Buy? Why does Apple have its own fancy store in the mall? Is Apple the BMW of computers?

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    Ignoring the haters and fanboys, here is the unbiased reason as to why Apple products are overpriced.

    For a start, Apple sells their products at an 18% gross profit margin compared to other manufacturers which barley make any profit. This is good business sense for Apple as it keeps them in the black.

    Secondly, Apple's costs are high on their notebooks. Why? Because they use quality parts from the ground up. For example, instead of moulded plastics, they use a block of aluminum and laser cut it to size, then attach all the parts inside that single block. This is a more expensive process in all aspects, but results in higher build quality, showed by the low number of faults in their first year due to accidents. Their screens are much sharper than most of the competition. They are the only manufacturer on the market with a functional, highly sensitive and useful multi-touch track pad, made from frosted glass. Most of the competition use plastics. The list goes on.

    Their computers are entirely custom made. From the ground up, Apple do EVERYTHING themselves, they buy the parts, put the parts together. The tech guys write the operating system from scratch to work 100% with their parts, this of course raises costs but increases functionality and makes certain that the computer and its components will work in perfect unison. This also increases the ability for Apple to give effective customer support, they write the software, the operating system AND make the computer themselves, making them quite unique in the marketplace.

    Their computers are leaner than Windows based PCs. Vista chews up around 15GB of HDD, 7 chews up around 10GB, while Snow Leopard uses around 7GB. 7 uses around 800mb when idle of memory on system tasks, while Snow Leopard uses around 400mb. So in essence, snow leopard gives you more memory to play with. Also, it is lighter on CPU usage, GPU usage, the list goes on.

    In a lot of ways, Apple are LIKE the BMW of computers, but different. Yes, they are expensive, but because of their process of construction, and dedication to their product. Also, they do need to feed their families, and keep the shareholders happy as well. Finally, they do not "cheap out" like a lot of other companies, they will stick their ground with pricing, and punish any reseller who under prices their products. Apple do not like to sell to the masses, they prefer to deal with individuals, on a no pressure to buy basis, which is why they have Apple stores with specialist techies and bookings for one on one demos and support.

    I have an Apple MacBook Pro and a Lenovo Y510. The Mac is my favorite, but the Lenovo is my toy, I use the Lenny for gaming, and the Mac for movies. I can recommend either just as happily, but it depends on the person. If your an avid gamer, you don't want a Mac, you want a Dell XPS. If you like simplicity and security, then you want a Mac. If your on a budget, you buy a Toshiba, if you prefer quality over quantity, buy a Mac. They are very different computers, the MacBook cost me $1800, and it certainly feels like an $1800 computer should. Yes, it doesn't have the big hard drive, but its unnecessary on a computer like this. Yes, it doesn't have as much graphics memory, but again, it doesn't need it. The CPU is average, but it runs cool and rarely needs to run at full 2.53GHz. It makes up for itself in other areas, like the quality keyboard with back-lighting, a secure Unix-esque kernal, custom software, superior disk managment and networking utilities, and an overall quality feel.

    I hope this answers your question in a moderately unbiased perspective, I try to give an unbiased answer to questions like this from both sides without falling for the marketing hype or fanboy fanaticism.

    Source(s): years of tech experiance
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    • Josh6 years agoReport

      I agree with some above points, however, apple computers aren't the only computers with an aluminium build, Apple does not put all their parts together (products like the macbook pro and iphone have samsung parts.) However, Apple does have a very nice build on their products.

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  • 4 years ago

    Apple computers are made of quality components. The midlevel Mac costs $1500. Before I made the switch and starting using Macs, I bought all my computers from a friend who owns his owned store building computers. Larry insisted on using only the best components. A midlevel computer from Larry cost about $1500. When people say Macs are the same as PCs, but PCs are cheaper, what they are really saying is they either don't know about quality or they don't care - whichever is the case, do you think this is a good person to help you decide how to spend your money? Macs are more expensive than those PCs you see in the chain stores for the same reason a BMW is more expensive than a Yugo. The guy who said Macs have a growing virus threat should rethink his statement. There were over 500 viruses for the Mac ten years ago with OS 9 and 5% of the user base. Today there are less than 15 viruses for OS X and 10% of the user base.

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  • JayDax
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    1 decade ago

    Apple don't have to compete with other brand names on their operating systems so they can charge what they like.

    HP, Dell, Gateway, Toshiba, Acer etc all compete against each other and have to keep their prices low.

    Apple have an 'image' but they are not the best looking, most stable, virus free, easiest to use or the 'best' of anything in fact.

    Buy an Apple if you are easily swayed by adverts, have more money than sense, want to look 'cool' or have had three fingers amputated. (well - maybe not the last one since you can use a Windows or Linux computer with just one finger and Apple have produced a multi-touch mouse now which is probably the best at this moment)

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    Apple is for people who do not know about the world of devices/computer. They built a high quality computers for careless people yet low in specs.

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  • 7 years ago

    since you ask the disadvantage of apple is:…….. I dont think there is 1 (?) oh yeah they easily dent but you can cover up. by the way apple is lots thinner and lighter compare to other laptop and you can bring it easily and if you drop it, it still will be okay just lots of dents but doesn't effect anything operating system will be still operate and probably the LCD will broke but it would be a problem if you put covers on them

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  • 7 years ago

    I think apple computers are not powerful enough.they are expensive because of their looks.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Apple is a really good laptop but really over-priced so i suggest if you are looking for a laptop than go with a windows 7 laptop because it has practically all the functions a apple laptop has and its cheaper.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Some bestbuys are licensed to sell Apple branded products. The reason Macs are so expensive is because of the looks (they are "pretty") and for the label. It's kind of like why Abacrombie and Fitch is more expensive then Old Navy. You end up paying more for less.

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  • lady
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    I was about to post this question too yesterday

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    I'm not sure

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Not the BMW at all, just VERY over priced and not worth it. It is the old selling theory...if you sell it expensive, people will THINK it is better.

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