Apple is famous for several things: Steve Jobs, the Mac, the iPhone, and industrial design. And, lest we forget, high prices. Apple products are expensive to buy and not really aimed at anyone living on a budget. This all means Apple is loved and hated in equal measure.
Many Apple fans will tell you that the prices aren’t all that extravagant, and the small premium that does exist is justified by the quality of the products. Everyone else shakes their heads in disbelief at such fervent fanboyism.
With this in mind it’s time to set the ball rolling on this week’s We Ask You.
From Apple To Crapple
We want to know, Should Apple Cut Its Prices? This is an extremely simple question that could be answered in a single monosyllabic grunt. We’re obviously hoping the MakeUseOf readership delves a little deeper that that though, and engages in a healthy debate about Apple’s pricing strategy.
Please do answer the primary question first, obviously. But the more thought and reasoning you put into your answer the higher your chances will be of winning a T-shirt for your contribution. So, should Apple cut its prices?
We’re talking about hardware here. Macs, MacBooks, iPhones, iPads, iPods, and the like. Some of which are more competitively priced than others. Would you like to see prices cut across the board? If so, to what degree?
Should Apple be cutting prices by 10 percent? 20 percent? Even 30 percent?! What level of permanent discounting would make you more likely to go out and buy an Apple product over a rival brand?
If you think Apple’s prices are fine as they are, then please tell us why. Do you think the high prices give the Apple brand an unattainable kudos? Do you think the quality of the hardware would suffer if prices were cut?
Would you, a touch controversially, rather see Apple products costing more in order to keep them reserved for the bourgeoisie and kept out of the hands of the proletariat?
Let us know your thoughts on the subject in the comments section below and we’ll hopefully enjoy a healthy discussion with respect on all sides. Possibly. Maybe. Unlikely.
Have Your Say
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