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People r dumm
I'm laughing at all the whiners.
The price drop on the iPhone is an assault on early adopters. It has NOTHING! to do with market forces, consumer interest, or Apple's strategy to enter further into the PDA market. No no no....

Current favorite idjit:
    "I am a recent Mac convert, and have a household with four iPods and an iPhone. I will never, EVER, buy another 1.0 product from Apple. To have my phone depreciate by $50 a week is ridiculous. F-you Apple."

Edit: Whoa! New winner!
    "*raises hand* I'm extremely unhappy at this, infact saying I'm so flaming pissed-off I could shoot someone would be like calling the atlantic ocean a pond.

    Two f**king months, Apple. TWO WTF are you thinking?!?!I'm usually one of those people who doesn't question what Apple does because it usually works out, but this is one where I'm on the other side. This hurts, Apple. Call me a whiner, but you basically said,"thanks everyone who bought an iPhone! We're glad you're our customers and helped us get out of the gates with record number! Now f*ck you!We're devaluing your purchase 65% in one hour! Bizzatch, that's what you get for being an early adopter!"

Current Mood: okay Fine

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tandu From: tandu Date: September 11th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yah, the iphone is NOT an investment. It's a product.

OT: Ian's pizza has some digital photography up that you might like, if you get a chance to take a gander. Personally, I think your stuff is better, but the guy did do some interesting stuff.
abmann From: abmann Date: September 11th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Which one? Place on State or Frances?

Ok, how do people get their photography up at a Pizza place?
tandu From: tandu Date: September 11th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
1) State

2) Talk to the manager. C has gotten her art on display at least once, as have several others of my friends. Escape is a good venue. Coffeehouses that display art are ALWAYS looking for new talent.
genghisishippie From: genghisishippie Date: September 11th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah man, I posted about this shit on the Apple Users facebook group. People are retarded, also-- $100 bonus? Fucking A.
abmann From: abmann Date: September 11th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why is it Apple's fault they they bought it the day it came out? it's like bitching that you had to stand in line the first day of launch when some shlub didn't have to wait because he went the next day. Idjits.

People seem to forget that the iPhone was a damn good product right out of the gate. They got two months to gloat. now the rest of us get to buy one. :)
quincidence From: quincidence Date: September 11th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
you can pay for "I had it first" it is no different than a car that depreciates WHILE driving it off the lot!

Movies... wait a few weeks and you get to go for the budget theatre.
Supply and demand.
Everyone (well not everyone) wanted one right when it came out... which then did marketing for others to want one... sure you got depreciation, but what do you care since it was something you planned on keeping right, unless the person bought ten and planned on scamming a bunch to make a profit...
There.... [gets off her soap box]
antarcticlust From: antarcticlust Date: September 11th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Look at us! We're so angry and incredulous that something becomes cheaper over time!"
genghisishippie From: genghisishippie Date: September 11th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Her'es what I put on the apple users facebook group:

Agreed with the sentiment of 'welcome to early adoption.' Vogue costs money. Apple, more than any other tech company, is very adept in the field of fashion.

Not, that is to say, style-- which they have also excelled in.

I mean fashion. Literal planned obsolescence. The changing tide of what's in and what isn't. To be at the cutting edge of haute tech couture, you're going to pay a premium. Your iPhone cost you what, around $600? That's on par with a made to measure blazer. If that blazer goes out of style in a season, you wouldn't complain-- you wouldn't blame Brooks Brothers or Anderson and Shepherd. The risk of getting in early and being in vogue is that -sometimes it doesn't work-. Sometimes you bet on the wrong horse.

The iPhone isn't even giving you -that- slap in the face. It's still hot. The price dropped, but that just means more market saturation. It's also still expensive, so it's a status symbol, but it's possible for it to move down one rung from 'Elite.' No functionality has lost, only a few floors of the ivory tower.

Retail works this way. The hype sells the the first handful of units, but once the initial push is over, another 'bump' is needed: a sale, a combo deal, something. Dropping the price is such a bump. It's marketing, and good marketing at that. Setting up the Elite status of such a device, and then making it (at least somewhat) more affordable? Brilliant. And the speed at which they did so? An excellent idea. Apple created a mystique around the iPhone, and then made it accessible to a wider audience quickly and with Jobs's usual showmanship.

You weren't duped, you just chose to overlook something: either how fashion markets work, or that Apple was in that business. I'm sure you're not ignorant or stupid regarding markets-- I'm guessing you just like Apple so much that you didn't consciously remember the patterns.

The functionality of your Iphone is no different. It's not like they decided to stop supporting it. You even say you expected a price drop-- it seriously seems, then, that you just wanted a few more months of being able to be the only one you knew with an iPhone. Apple wants their products to be ubiquitous in the personal mobile communications market, so that plan just wasn't going to hold. Like the iPod, iPhone distribution is only going to become more and more democratized as time goes by.

Apple didn't promise you 6 months of being on top of the pile. They're not obliged to -obey- the hipster ideal of 'only I have/know about this.' They create that ideal, or bypass it completely. Apple knows better than to keep a product niche for niche's sake.
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