PC Magazine perpetuates myth of ‘too expensive’ Macs

“PC Magazine is flat-out wrong in pricing the PowerMac G5 Quad, and they should correct the error. You can buy a PowerMac G5 Quad for less than half the price they list, which means: For about the same as an equivalent PC, or somewhat less,” Leland Scott writes for Musings From Mars. “The serious error here is that PC Magazine lists Apple’s Power Mac G5 Quad as costing . . . Guess! You’ll never guess how much they say it costs. Honestly.”

Scott writes, “OK, I gotta spill the beans at some point. PC Magazine says a Quad costs $7,023 to $9,522!

“When I first read this in December, those numbers struck me as very odd, since I had just bought a new Quad for myself, and I didn’t pay anywhere near $7,000-$9,500 for it. The unit I bought was hardly the base model, either: I had paid an extra $350 for the Nvidia GeForce 7800 graphics card with 512MB of VRAM when it became available as an option, and also added $99 for Bluetooth and Airport wireless cards,” Scott writes. “And I got all this for only $3,448! How is this possible, you ask?”

Full article here.

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  1. Joel Santo Domingo,

    You seem to be missing the point that you misleading readers by saying the Quad G5’s price range is $7,023 to $9,552, which is false, the price range for a Quad G5 is $3,299 to $9,552.

    The average PC user is going to see that “starting” price of $7,023, think to themselves, dang, those Macs are to expensive, it starts at $7,023!

  2. They can’t even tell the difference between the monitor and the tower. Maybe they bought two towers thinking one was a monitor–no wonder it was soooo expensive! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”LOL” style=”border:0;” />

  3. To anyone that cares – particularly Joel.

    I’ve been in the creative business for ten years. I’ve never purchased a tricked out system like this. In all my years, I can probably count the instances on one hand when anyone I knew in the industry managed to get a maxxed out machine. A cursory glance by any IT/Marketing people would assume that those new G5s for the creative department are outrageously priced and opt to throw them a PC bone.

    I agree this setup is for the Pro, but I am a pro and I’ve never come close to this kind of set up. I’ve worked at small and medium sized agencies, I’ve done time in a cube @ WorldCom corporate hell, and now I’m with a small studio. NEVER has a $7,000 graphics rig been in the budget. There’s a huge difference between what the pros want and what they get. Personally I would’ve rather seen this price under a header of something like “Dream Setup.” Just so no one gets the idea that this is the norm. And I’d like to point out that most people that were going to max out their machine like this would likely pursue third-party channels for extra RAM and hard disks, which would also effect the price.

    And one other point, this top-o-the-line mac would far outlast it’s PC competition on the users desktop. I typically keep a Mac for five years before passing it on to someone else. But a rig like this? With max RAM and that Video Card, it would probably hold me over for quite a while.

  4. If you looked at the reviewer of the equipment you would notice that it comes from someone named “Santo Domingo”. Sounds just slightly suspicious. I almost laughed and I mean no offense to the person who has this last name. I honestly thought that it sounded like someone who doesn’t want his real name known. I thought it was a town for crying out loud. By all means remember, “Stupid is as stupid does”.

  5. “As for buying a Quad G5 for $3500….I don’t know about that. Sure you can do it but why would anyone purchase a top of the line computer with only 512 meg’s of RAM ?? That’s frickin stupid.”

    Sigh. Look at Apple’s price for RAM. Then go to a reputable third-party dealer, like Data Memory Systems and see what they charge for the same amount of RAM.

    Apple’s ALWAYS charged out the wazoo for added RAM, for long time mac users it’s an article of faith that you buy the system at minimum RAM from apple and buy the rest of the RAM elsewhere.

  6. Er, if that really was the reviewer ‘Santo Domingo’ earlier, then:

    1) Thanks for your input; always nice to have somoene not afraid to put their head above the parapet at MDN (we know we can get a bit rabid at times).


    2) Er, sorry for Jeff’s rather, um, interesting observations regarding your name. I know how you feel, mate…

  7. You know, the first article blurb from PC Mag says:

    By Joel Santo Domingo
    Apple professionals expect a speed bump with each successive Power Mac model that comes out, and the 2.5-GHz Power Mac G5 Quad ($9,522 direct, $7,023 without monitor) delivers a doozy of one. With the first Intel-powered consumer Macs rumored to be right around the corner (they may be announced at the MacWorld Expo in early January), it is interesting that Apple would release the G5 Quad as the probable last hurrah for the PowerPC processor—but at least they’re going out on top.

    Well, there’s nothing on the front that mentions that this Quad starts at under $3500. I suppose if an auto magazine mentioned that the Toyota Camry was $35K to $40K on the cover and eventually touched upon the fact that it starts at just under $20, folks would think the car was priced too high, too.

  8. “Apple’s ALWAYS charged out the wazoo for added RAM, for long time mac users it’s an article of faith that you buy the system at minimum RAM from apple and buy the rest of the RAM elsewhere.”

    Yeah, well Apple is not the only one, IBM, Dell (WAY higher prices than Crucial.com for Dell server ram prices), HP, they all charge massive markups on ram.

  9. he could have said macs cost $20k.

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    2.5GHz Quad-core PowerPC G5
    16GB 533 DDR2 ECC SDRAM- 8x2GB
    2x500GB Serial ATA – 7200rpm
    NVIDIA GeForce 6600 256MB SDRAM
    Apple Cinema HD Display (30″ flat panel)
    Apple Cinema HD Display (30″ flat panel)
    16x SuperDrive DL (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Apple Wireless Keyboard & Mouse – U.S. English
    Mac OS X – U.S. English
    Final Cut Express HD preinstalled
    Accessory kit
    AppleCare Protection Plan for Power Mac (w/or w/o Display) – Auto-enroll

  10. Hey max bling, you forgot OS X Server, the Fibre Channel Network Card, and the Analog USB Modem!

    That’s a total of $23,227.00.

    $7,023 appears to be not that much after all, with room left for an iPod and “iPod your BMW”…

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