Globe and Mail writer: for Apple Mac mini price ‘you can get a Dell PC with Windows that kicks butt’

“I’ve never quite understood how Apple products are priced. They have consistently been more expensive than the competition – sometimes as much as 30 per cent or 40 per cent more than their PC equivalents, never mind the extra you have to pay after the exchange rate is factored in,” Jack Kapica writes for The Globe and Mail. “Ever price Apple keyboards, mice, monitors or software?”

Kapica writes, “There’s a great lesson to be learned along College Street in Toronto, just west of Spadina, which my friend Deep Geek calls ‘suicide row’ because there are so many computer stores undercutting each other’s prices. Check the price of any software package for sale in that three-block area, and then go to the one store in that neighbourhood that sells Macs and Mac software: The Mac stuff is usually being sold with the retail price on the sticker: full freight, no competitive pricing. Apple prices, in short, seem to have little to do with the evangelism its devotees profess. If Apple and its fans want Windows users to switch, a good strategy to accomplish this goal would be to price their products more competitively.”

Kapica writes, “And selling the stripped-down Mac mini for much beyond $500 (Cdn.) isn’t going to do the trick. Even the $599 street price being charged by the University of Toronto Bookstore ($725 if you want the 80GB hard drive model) still seems a lot for a basic computer these days. For that money you can get a Dell PC with Windows that kicks butt – and it will include a monitor, a keyboard and mouse. Some retailers will even toss in a printer.”

MacDailyNews Note: To pick just one of many, offers the choice of a free Keyboard and Mouse, a free Epson Printer, and other freebies with the purchase of a Mac mini.

Kapica continues, “Besides, there’s another, even bigger hurdle for Windows users: the cost of migration. If Apple is targeting existing PC owners, it is also telling the Windows crowd that they will have to replace all their old software – and that usually means paying full retail price for each package.”

MacDailyNews Note: “Usually” is a relative term. You have to ask your software maker to “cross-grade” from Windows to Mac versions for the upgrade price and you’ll be surprised at how many will do this for their customers.

Kapica continues, “Don’t get me wrong, as Mac fans usually do: I love the Mac, and I love the design of Mac OS X. But I have never had the money to indulge myself. Every time I wanted to, I could always find a more powerful PC with attractive features for the same price.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Kapica writes, “I could always find a more powerful PC with attractive features for the same price.” Would those “attractive features” include cleaning adware, spyware and malware ad infinitum, reloading Windows semi-annually, and applying Windows patches to patch patches that you thought were patched, but weren’t full-patched three patches ago? If Kapica is a “Mac fan,” Rob Glaser is grooving to an iPod right now. Most people who’ve used both Mac OS X and Windows XP enough seem to understand the Mac’s value. Has Bill Gates spiked the water in Canada with something recently?

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Nat’l Post: Macs are ‘over-glossy fashion plates designed people who like to overpay, brag about it’ – January 13, 2005


  1. Yikes. Well, my Mac mini is on order. Screw Kapica and Kedrosky. I’m betting the product is stronger than their opinions of it.

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  2. Apple is moving forward regardless of those who “disagree” with Macs and/or Apple’s strategy. There will always be differing opinions about what really “kicks butt” and what doesn’t.

    To those who switch, welcome to the light. To those who don’t, we’ll be waiting for you…

  3. You can get a Dell that kicks your butt each and every day with hassle upon hassle. My eMac is surrounded by ’em and I see the troubles every single day…no exaggeration. Meanwhile, I keep truck’in along. Currently burning a DVD in the background w/iDVD as I am typing here in Safari.

  4. There’s something we Mac users have to watch out for…


    The writer above obviously doesn’t USE Mac OS X, he just loves it. Go figure.

    I’m beginning to see a trend and hope it doesn’t develop into something of a “backlash” against the WHY Apple needed to sell Macs at $499.


    We know better. The opportunity is ripe for Jobs, Apple and Company to increase market share. Microsoft is in a weakened position (not market share or revenue– mind share) and Apple is poised to take advantage of it.

    We continue to see the same tired “comparisons” between and Mac and a PC. I, for one, am getting tired of it and my patience is being taxed. Not by PC users who are somewhat clueless about the Mac.

    Patience is taxed by so-called journalists who don’t do their home work. Look what happened when David Coursey decided to actually USE a mac for a month. He converted and wrote glowing reviews about OS X.

    Look what happened when Mike Wendtland (FreeP) actually decided to use a Mac. He became known as “Mac Mike.”

    See the point? These guys actually decided to use the product and compare it with PCs. Result? They figured out that it just works better (the same thing we already know) and decided to tell others.

    Guys like the writer above don’t do their home work. “Macs are more expensive than PCs.” Prove it, Jack. I checked out Dell and Gateway and their very lowest low end PCs, feature for feature, are more expensive than a Mac mini.

    That’s box for box, feature for feature, item for item, and does NOT show up the extreme differences between Mac OS X and Windows XP SP.whatever.

    Call these so-called “journalists” on the carpet, MDN and readers. But do so straightforwardly, keep the facts straight, make the comparisons obvious, point out their errored ways without vitriolic acid-eyed verbiage.

    Get them the facts and let the facts speak for themselves. Ask them simple questions. For example, “Macs are more expensive? Which Macs and which PCs are you comparing?” Then give them the facts.

    2005 is going to be a busy year for Mac sites, Mac users, and so-called journalists. They’ll have a lot of email to check this year.

    Tera Patricks

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