Thursday, September 06, 2007

News: Who didn't see that coming?

A couple months ago:

Trendy Friend: "Hey have you seen the new iPhones? Neat, huh?"

Practical Friend: "Well, they look like they have some cool features."

Trendy Friend: "I can hardly wait. I'm gonna run get one. How 'bout you?"

Practical Friend: "I think I'll wait for the inevitable price cut..."

It seems that Trendy Friend didn't think the price cut was insanely great.


Merl said...

One of the commentors st the link said "wouldn't you be upset if GM strated offering a $2000 rebate on a car you bought two months ago?"

No I would not whine about a price drop, because I would have negotiated what I considered a fair price the first time or would not have purchased it. That's the main thing I dislike about Apple. Apple tells you exactly how much to sell the product for.

phlegmfatale said...


Todd said...

I think I'm going to ask for a refund on the Ipod I bought 9 months ago. How about the gas I bought 3 years ago, BK (before Katrina). Hmmm, didn't milk prices drop a few cents last week?

You pays your money, you takes your chances...

BobG said...

Anyone older that 14 years old should have seen it coming; I have no sympathy for people who are more concerned about "being first" than having common sense.

Anonymous said...

I believe the phrase you're looking for is "Well duh!"

I'm fairly old fashioned for someone who makes his living in IT. My cell phone is just a phone, and it has texting disabled. The only new iPod that interests me is the 160GB "iPod Classic" they're going to price at $349, with the old 80GB model dropping down to $249.

Zendo Deb said...

And then next year, when everyone has an iPhone and it isn't "cool" anymore and the next "great" thing comes from Apple or Sony they will do the same stupid thing

Anonymous said...

I'm still laughing at the woman who paid a grand to get to the head of the line to buy 20 iPhones, only to discover it was one per customer.

Besides, I'm still content with the phone I didn't need to get 4 years ago, for free (i.e., no cost), when my cellular service phased out the old Nokia I'd had for the previous 3 years. To me, a cellphone is just an electronic leash. At least I don't have to carry two of them along with a pager anymore.

"Woo, look at me! I paid way too much to have something spiffy for which I was totally ripped off for just to be first!"


NotClauswitz said...

Heh, early adopters, paving the way with money while believing they're ahead of the curve...

jeff said...

I read a commentary that reminded me that this is standard practice for cellphone companies. We are just not used to seeing it from Apple. Also, the component breakdown of the Iphone showing that the components cost at most $200 may have had something to do with it. It's all hype anyway, anyone who spends money on a phone that has fewer usable features for a couple of gimmicks has issues anyway.


7.62x54r said...

I buy the "just replaced" model/version of anything, keep it through about half a dozen upgrades until it falls apart and then buy the "just replaced" model/version again.

A couple of weeks ago I pulled out my company cell phone (only one I have) in front of a friend that works for Nextel. The comment was, "Wow, I haven't seen one of those in a while!" My boss tells me to get another one, but I tell him this one still works. Guess who gets raises in the company because he's the most profitable in his position.

Gotta go, it's time for the 230,000 mile oil change on the '86 Bronco. ;-)

Anonymous said...

In Basic Economics, Thomas Sowell describes how by purchasing the latest greatest gizmo, the purchasers are doing all of us a service because they are funding the R&D needed to make the latest and greatest gizmo obsolete, thus dropping its price.

Caveat Emptor.


Anonymous said...

It is the price you pay for being an early adopter, suck it up...

I payed it and waited in line for a couple of hours.

It is by far the best phone I have had to date (I have had a LOT of phones).

I KNEW that the price was going to drop soon but was so fed up with my piece of crap TRIO that I was going to replace it with just about anything soon.

When the phone finally gets an Instant messaging client I will be able to say that this is the first phone that I am 100% satisfied with.