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Re: Question About Mac OSX - 04-26-2009, 11:24 PM
If Apple came out with an official MacBook Mini (or whatever they call it)... it would most likely be priced around $500 - $700 (obviously including Mac OSX cost, so you would not need to spend the money for a copy of OSX like you do when Hackintoshing). This pricing point would make it difficult to compete with the Mini 9. I would consider an official Mac netbook because I am an huge Apple fan and supporter. Honestly, Apple always has superior hardware build quality (in my opinion -- it does not feel cheap and like it will break in 1 year) and their products and appealing and extremely functional.
2. Just because different products in the Mac lineup have competitive pricing, it does not mean they cannibalize each other. I guess you could say it that way... because someone buying a MacBook could have potentially bought a MacbookPro, but it is not like the pricing overlaps and completely cannibalizes the other product. If the MacbookPro was $1100 and the MacBook was $999, then the MBP would be obviously cannibalize the MacBook line entirely. But the way Apple has their product line they have the perfect pricing points for their products to reduce cannibalization. Yes, people may buy a product and then regret not getting the "better option"... this kind of thing happens all of the time, but that is not cannibalizing the products. Say I go out to the grocery and pick up a case of Busch Light. I did not cannibalize the sale of Bud Light (both Anheuser Busch products) by buying the cheaper alternative. They have designed their product to be priced at certain points and targeted towards a certain consumer demographic. They do this based on the cost of the product and they analyze these sorts of things
And who does not want the best features for less money. That is how things always work. You bring up the point about "many" students wanting a MBP but only being able to afford a MacBook. Well this applies to anything you purchase :lol: I want all of the features in a Lexus but I drive a Toyota Corolla... why? because it cost less. That is just how things work.
And I understand what you are saying, but my point is still completely valid. Just because someone runs OSX on their Mini 9 / A90 does not mean it is a lost sale for Apple. Even if Apple did have a Mac netbook available to "compete" with other netbooks. It is not fair to say that someone running OSX on a Mini would have gotten a Mac netbooks if they did not have the option to run OSX on cheaper hardware.
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06-13-2009, 09:25 PM
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06-14-2009, 04:29 AM
I was not going to take part on this thread; I think there is little cannibalization potential and the possibility of a distinctive winner in this niche strikes me as obvious but I did not think I had anything useful to add.
Then I had a sheepish thought. I was at the university bookstore prepared to buy a macbook for my daughter when I saw a dell rep with a mini 9 running os x. I had read about hackintoshes and toyed with the thought of doing this for her but had dismissed it given all that could go wrong. But the damned thing was right there in front of me and I bought the last mini 9 in the store, the demo model.
So, sheepishly once again, I must confess that this is one dell mini that cannabilized one mac sale'''
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