iMac Letters, Page 2

By Matthew Rothenberg  |  Posted 2002-04-01 Print this article Print

iMac Letters, Page 2 Personally, I think that this was a great marketing scheme to get people who were on the deciding edge of buying, a good reason to place a quick order before the price hike really hits.
I have seen all kinds of ploys to move a market, and I know that the marketing department always has the biggest budget. The sad part about it is the minute this rate hike was announced, two people I personally know went on line to order before the sellers raised their prices. (By the way, both of them were put on back order.)
Jack Pasut
Some Mac perspective: I bought some of the original Macintosh 512Ks way-back-when for my planning department to replace the early IBM PC XTs and was very happy with their performance. I purchased a Mac SE for home use over 10 years ago, and that machine is still running today to play some games we still enjoy (Stratego, Monopoly, Armor Alley). It survived a West Coast-to-Scotland passage and back. We bought an HP Pavilion 450MHz on our return to California to appease the kids thirst for new games and Napster CD burning. My job also forced me to the Windows platform. The Windows world is only a little more reliable than the old DOS quagmire. And now we are considering moving back to the new iMac at home, just for the simplicity of Mac OS X system and the idiot-proof digital camera/VCR-to-CD/DVD interface. $1,899 is actually less than the HP cost in 2000 (PC + monitor). The circle logic in Windows is finally just too much for an old Mac user, and I cant afford a system technician at home. Bob Ricketts
As a Wintel user, I can appreciate your point that Apple has some unique issues. However, Apple also has an attitude that makes some of the other issues forgivable. My wife has struggled with Wintel machines and finally purchased one of the G3 iMacs. She has been thrilled. For myself, I am sick of Microsofts arrogant attitude and its insistence that it is making software better when it in fact is making it worse. For whatever faults Apple and Steve Jobs may have, I am ready to go over to Apple. Their supply-and-demand adjustments to pricing and features are small compared with Microsofts control-freak attitude toward its users. John Soderblom
Great column; I thought you had some very thought-provoking insights into the wacky world that Steve has (re)created. You hit on the primary reason why I am a PC devote and not a Mac addict: I refuse to allow my PC purchase to be commandeered and directed by one company. In the business I am in, single-source manufacturing is a thing to be avoided at all costs; the risks are too great. The same logic applies to being completely beholden to one company to provide all of your computer and software needs. In the past, the reason one would put up with this risk is the added benefit of having a stable, user-friendly superior computer. In my opinion, these benefits expired a while ago. The OSes and hardware available for a PC meet or exceed the Macs offerings these days and have for a while now, especially in the gaming area. My thought is that Mac addicts are currently newbies who dont want much out of their computer or others who have always used a Mac and are uninterested in trying something new. The rudimentary tools provided as part of Steves "digital hub" are quickly outgrown by the user much beyond a newbie. The "new" iMac strikes me as a regurgitation of an old concept: a space-saving PC. I am not "blown away" by any of the current offerings and refuse to pay a premium to climb on board. It is unclear to me what if any true advantages lie in doing business with a small company that controls so little of the total computer sales. Therefore, I will remain a PC devote until Steve releases enough control and Mac truly becomes creative and competitive. Until then, I will chose to build my own with the parts I chose from the manufacturers I chose from the store I chose. Jeffrey Pudlo

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Matthew has been associated with Ziff Davis' news efforts for more than a decade, including an eight-year run with the print and online versions of MacWEEK. He also helped run the news and opinion operations at ZDNet and CNet. Matthew holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego.


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