Bad investment

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Imagine someone said to you “buy this computer and in four months time it will be worth $1,000 less than when you buy it today, oh, and the current model will be twice the speed”. Of course you wouldn’t buy it – but that’s exactly what Apple has done with everybody who bought a G5 iMac 20″ between November last year and January this year. (I haven’t even paid of 1/3 of the depreciated value since I bought the boat anchor).

I’m a life-long Mac user – I’ve been a loyal customer since I bought my first Mac 10 years ago (and I was using Macs for a number of years before that point). And even I’m thinking of switching when the time comes for my next purchase. I can only imagine how first-time Mac buyers are feeling at the moment. If I was in their shoes I’d be extraordinarily pissed off and would never buy an Apple again.

It’s one thing to see a slight speed bump and a small depreciation in value on a recent computer purchase. It’s quite another to see double the speed and a $1,000 depreciation in just over three months.

Not. Happy. Steve…

4 thoughts on “Bad investment

  1. Sad, but true. The one saving grace… wait for all those 1.0 bugs to hit the forums, then you can sit back and smile and remember that your slower, older machine is probably more productive and compatible than the brand new macintels. For what it’s worth… ; )

  2. Yeh – I thought that too. Unfortunately (or fortunately for recent purchasers) there have been very few issues reported by the looks of things.

    I just have to remind myself that it does pretty much everything I need it too, even if it’s slower than the new model. Eases the pain, if only ever-so-slightly.

  3. it doesn’t matter when you buy a computer mate, it will ALWAYS lose half of its value as soon as you walk out of the shop with it… Unfortunately this situation was pretty predictable… What with the move to intela and all.

  4. Yeh – this is true, but everyone was saying Q2 2006, and was expecting the Mac Mini as the first off the ranks. This, in my mind, was only reinforced when the iMac line was updated just before Christmas, yet the Mac Mini wasn’t.

    We were also told that the consumer laptops (read: the iBook) would be first off the rank, yet we get the MacBook replacement for the PowerBook (which was long overdue, but also had an update just before Christmas).

    In both cases Apple has tried to get quick sales to move old stock, whilst giving the impression that other models would be upgraded. Quite underhanded in my book, but so typical of Apple.

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