“Apple iPhone followers got two conflicting pieces of data regarding its $499 price point. In one survey done by an online shopping firm Compete as reported by MacWorld UK, only one percent of the consumers who said they were likely to buy an iPhone said they would pay $500 for it,” Carl Howe writes for Blackfriars’ Marketing. “Sounds bad right?”
Online market research firm Compete surveyed 379 people in the US, most of whom had heard of the iPhone and have shopped for an iPod, to find out how interested they are in the device to produce the uncommissioned report. The iPhone is a combined music player and cell phone that Apple plans to start selling in the US in June and in Europe by the end of the year.
Among the 26 per cent of respondents who said they’re likely to buy an iPhone, only 1 per cent said they’d pay $500 for it. When Apple introduced the iPhone in January, it said it would cost $500 on the low end.
Forty-two per cent of those who said they’re likely to buy the phone said they’d pay $200 to $299.
Howe writes, “Now here, you have to actually wonder about that result and how they asked the question, especially when 42% said they’d buy one for $200 to $299. Did Compete ask those questions serially, or did they simply put the question up as follows:
What is the most you would pay for an iPhone?
• $500 or more
• $400 to $499
• $300 to $399
• $200 to $299
• less than $200
Howe writes, “Since this was an online survey, this format is quite likely. And it will give quite poor data. Why? Because it causes the reader to believe that there will be alternative prices for the iPhone that are lower than $500! And if Apple sticks to its mass-market luxury item strategy, there simply won’t be other prices available. The result: some of the people who said they’d only pay $200 to $299 will still buy the iPhone at $499 anyway [and], by the time Christmas of 2008 rolls around, Moore’s Law says that the price of the electronics in the iPhone will be half what they are now. Don’t be surprised if those 46% of consumers get their $299 iPhone then; they just have to wait eighteen months before it makes business sense for Apple to sell it at that price.”
More in the full article – highly recommended – here.
Survey shows Apple’s iPhone a tad too expensive? – February 23, 2007