Reasonable People on the iPhone Price Drop

Friday, 2007-09-07; 15:26:00

I figure I'd do everyone a service and collect all the rational opinions regarding the uproar over the $200 iPhone price drop in one place. Because, seriously, this uproar is just ridiculous.

Rob Griffiths:

So basically, I’m amazed at the number of complaints over this issue. In one of the forum threads, I asked those who felt this was an issue to explain what they would have done had Apple announced a $200 price increase instead of a drop. Would they have all rushed out to their mailbox to drop a check in the mail for Apple? Not surprisingly, it seems that wasn’t a popular suggestion. People want something for nothing, basically.

Steven Frank:

I bought it with the full understanding and awareness that eventually Apple would introduce new iPhones, and that the value of what I had purchased would go down the instant I broke the shrink wrap, as is the case with any techy product. The implied contract was: I give you $600, you give me 8 GB iPhone on June 29, 2007. Contract fulfilled.

Steven Riggins (via the DFLL):

But now the self esteem kicks in. He’s no longer joe cool on the block. In fact, any schmuck with $200 less can buy one and laugh at him.

That is why people are upset. Being laughed at, poked fun it. It was all good as long as they had the phone that others could not afford. Now more people can and those early adopters are less special.

Katie Hafner and Brad Stone, in the New York Times (via the DFLL):

Motorola, for instance, introduced the ultrathin Razr phone for $499 with a two-year service contract in early 2005. Six months later, Motorola realized it had a hit on its hands and dropped the price to $199 in an effort to aim at more mainstream buyers. By the end of 2005, the price was $99.

Steve Jobs:

There is always change and improvement, and there is always someone who bought a product before a particular cutoff date and misses the new price or the new operating system or the new whatever. This is life in the technology lane. If you always wait for the next price cut or to buy the new improved model, you'll never buy any technology product because there is always something better and less expensive on the horizon.

John C. Welch:

Whine a little louder, the starving people in Darfur can't hear you.


Despite Jobs’ heartfelt message, however, Apple customers were their usual childish selves.

“$100?!” said iPhone early adopter Scott Givens. “That’s bullshit! Steve Jobs owes me a pony! And cake! And… and a whole lot of money for emotional damages!”

Givens churlish sentiment was echoed by other iPhone-owning jackasses.

“Whaaaaaa!!!” wailed Craig Fults, stomping his feet and pounding his hands on his legs.

“Steve hurt my feewings! He need give me Mac Pro!”

Or some shit. Frankly, we weren’t really paying attention because this crap is so pathetic and annoying.

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