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Apple Fanboy Stuff

Posted on September 10, 2007


Naturally, I did have a thought or two about the new Apple products and the other announcements this week:

  • While I certainly understand why somebody who had purchased an iPhone early would be annoyed by the price cut, I did find it kind of funny that many of the same analysts who said the iPhone would never sell at its original price were then jumping on Apple for dropping the price.

  • Every now and then, you’ll see an economist writing about how online stores should do more variable pricing – charging a premium price to customers who are more willing to pay it. This week should be an object lesson in why companies don’t do that. Since the people who are willing to pay more are usually your best customers, you run the risk of really ticking them off by making them feel like chumps. Which is generally not considered a good business strategy, I hear.

  • My read on the price cut is that it comes from three factors:

  • It could work, although the analogy to Motorola’s strategy with the RAZR (gain market share at the expense of profits) is a little disquieting. On the other hand, Apple has a lot of benefits that Moto’s cell division didn’t, but it’s probably not a good idea for me to list them…

  • As for the products themselves, they seem pretty cool. Like just about everybody, I wish they had merged the two iPod models and combined a hard drive with the touch screen. I need to see what the iPod Touch reviews look like in a couple of weeks. It is annoying that Apple seems to have made video out a proprietary cable.



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