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    Default Any reasons as to why the iPhone 5C isn't cheap

    They haven't said what the C is .. It could be cheap, china, colour, cost, etc. but it's an iPhone 5 in plastic with just a $100 reduction.
    All my friends were very exited for this phone but I had told them that apple would never reduce the prices of the new phone to capture markets. I was thinking it would cost around $349 starting price as they did with the iPad mini costing $329 but it seems they've gone too far and priced it $549.
    In what world would we buy a plastic iPhone that costs just $100 less than aluminium. There is a $99 cost for contract but that's in USA and not in other countries.
    They have a very high profit margin on a phone which is very cheap. The moment I saw the price I remembered john scully and the way he priced the products. The 5C should not be for profits but to capture markets, once they've done that, they can get profits automatically.

    The only reason for such a high cost I can think of is because the price of dollar has gone up whole the value of yuan and rupee and other currencies have gone down. So if it cost less in china(the manufacturers) then they get it cheap but if the Chinese manufactures increase their prices then it's obvious apple would do that.. So if they want to sell it in other countries they need to see the exchange rate and the future rates. But considering all this, $549 is still way to high for a company who has all alluminim products and only 1 plastic flagship product.
    If anyone has any other reason, it would be nice to learn it.
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    Default Re: Any reasons as to why the iPhone 5C isn't cheap

    The only thing I see about the iPhone 5c is that it has a plastic back which can make the phone less expensive but other then that it's just basically an iPhone 5 with a low cost finishing which can make it more affordable for some people..
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    Default Re: Any reasons as to why the iPhone 5C isn't cheap

    Apple never said it was going to be cheap. Analysts and bloggers got it wrong.
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    Default Re: Any reasons as to why the iPhone 5C isn't cheap

    Quote Originally Posted by Karenkcoulter View Post
    Apple never said it was going to be cheap. Analysts and bloggers got it wrong.
    This. Apple doesn't do cheap. They make quality products and charge a fair price for what you get.
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    Default Re: Any reasons as to why the iPhone 5C isn't cheap

    Degradation to the brand is not what Apple was ever looking for, and a "cheap" iPhone (by industry standards) would have done just that. This IS the "cheap" iPhone, meaning that it's cheaper than the premium line device in the 5S, and is an offering that can be marketed as an entry level model. Apple is a luxury brand, the entire line of products they offer follow this idea, and honestly, the only reason the 5c was ever considered the "cheap" model was because that is what the bloggers and rumor mill speculators referred to it as.

    I think "Entry Level" is a more appropriate terminology in this case, because it's sure as hell not cheap.
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    Default Re: Any reasons as to why the iPhone 5C isn't cheap

    Remember, this whole "cheap" thing is the creation of the bloggers and talking heads. Apple never said anything about "cheap" or iPhones for "developing nations"... more spin doctors running amok. And now it’s Apple's fault.

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    Default Re: Any reasons as to why the iPhone 5C isn't cheap

    It's a less expensive iphone. And not everyone got it wrong. Rumors had it replacing the iphone 5. It rumored to be called the iphone 5C. This wasn't rocket science. Bloggers and talking heads that don't understand Apple's business model of course got it wrong.
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    Default Re: Any reasons as to why the iPhone 5C isn't cheap

    I don't think that anyone would ever say that the iPod Touch was a lesser Apple product and Steve Jobs himself called it, "the iPhone without a contract".
    I think that the iPod Touch actually has a classier finish and look than the 5C and can do almost everything that the 5C can do with the same OS, though with lower specs.
    A 32GB iPod Touch costs $299, a 32GB iPhone 5C costs $649. We know that the most expensive part, the screen, is identical and that the plastic case on the 5C could not have cost that much to make.
    You could buy 2 iPod Touches for the price of a 5C and still have plenty of change left over.
    So, could someone please tell me exactly what it is that you get for that extra $350 for the iPhone 5C and why it is worth it.
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    Default Re: Any reasons as to why the iPhone 5C isn't cheap

    Quote Originally Posted by YorkieRay View Post
    So, could someone please tell me exactly what it is that you get for that extra $350 for the iPhone 5C and why it is worth it.
    The cell phone radio circuitry... and the licenses for patents incumbent therein... the development and production of new machines for the manufacturing of the back shell... and Apple's margin.
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    Default Re: Any reasons as to why the iPhone 5C isn't cheap

    Apple's margin totally makes it worth it.
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    Default Re: Any reasons as to why the iPhone 5C isn't cheap

    First of all, the C stands for "Color" or "Colorful." Visit apple.com and you'll notice that first hand.

    Secondly, the iPad mini doesn't have a retina screen which will lower the cost. The 5C has a retina screen plus the cell phone radio circuitry, etc., as kch mentioned above.

    And the 5C is not a flagship device. As others have stated, call it "Entry-level."



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    Default Re: Any reasons as to why the iPhone 5C isn't cheap

    Apple never said it would be cheaper. The rumour-mill & wall st did. Much in the same way they said the iPad "needed" to be cheap for it to sell well.

    Apple doesn't do cheap. They do less expensive for a different market segment. Look back to the iPod nano and iPad mini for examples.
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    Default Re: Any reasons as to why the iPhone 5C isn't cheap

    Everyone assumed that the 5c was to be a cheaper phone to rival cheap Android devices. The problem there is that the difference between Android devices and the iPhone makes them use different strategies. Google provides the OS to manufacturers for free. The reason is the OS brings more users to their services which is where they make their money. So the difference is Google doesn't care about the heavy saturation of the market. When everyone owns an Android device and stops buying devices it's the manufacturers that don't make any money. As long as those users are still using Google's services Google will continue to make money. Where Apple makes the hardware and OS. So if the 5c was "cheap" the majority of people would buy that over the 5s which would drag down profits. The stock gets hammered now imagine the first year they had declining profits? The Apple is doomed stories would really pick up steam. Also once the market is full of 5c devices then what? The majority of regular users don't upgrade yearly or even every two years. Once in awhile I see people with 3Gs iPhones. Plus what everyone has already mentioned about Apple not doing cheap products. The 5c might not be cheap off contract but at $99 on contract and with a plastic casing this becomes an easy buy for parents to give their kids/teens.
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    Default Re: Any reasons as to why the iPhone 5C isn't cheap

    Valid reason .. But I don't think people will keep a phone longer than 2 years as they do now, and what if apple decides to discontinue the 5C after 2 years and not 3..
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    Default Re: Any reasons as to why the iPhone 5C isn't cheap

    Quote Originally Posted by kch50428 View Post
    The cell phone radio circuitry... and the licenses for patents incumbent therein... the development and production of new machines for the manufacturing of the back shell... and Apple's margin.
    Yup, I had a feeling that Apple's margin just might be some part of that huge difference in price between the iPod and the 5C.
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    Default Re: Any reasons as to why the iPhone 5C isn't cheap

    its not cheap phone as every one think it .... apple made unique & unbeatable device... no one can competitor beat them ....
    IPhone 5c is innovative and imaging product from apple so this will never be cheap ...low costing like this gorgeous device...
    apple give happiness with colorful and gorgeous gadget

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    Default Re: Any reasons as to why the iPhone 5C isn't cheap

    after holding my cousin's new 5C, i can attest that it aint "Cheap." it feels awesome actually! Has a comfortable feel and not "plasticy."
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    Default Re: Any reasons as to why the iPhone 5C isn't cheap

    It feels better than my 4s did.


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    Default Re: Any reasons as to why the iPhone 5C isn't cheap

    It isn't cheap because apple made a calculation that they can make more money with a higher margin not cheap 5c than they could with a lower margin cheap 5c and likely more market share in Chinese and Indian markets.

    Time may or may not prove them wrong. We may never have a definitive answer because unless they are a complete flop we won't know if they would have made more money off a lower margin phone making the difference up i volume. And it's really just a math game. Say, you say 30 million non-cheap 5cs. Maybe you would have sold 40 mill cheap 5cs. Whether the latter is a good deal is a function of whether it turns more profit. Years down the line we may find out hey, that was the moment they should have gone for market share, like say microsoft did with windows. Ended up Microsoft dominated computer software. But right it's not clear if they made the right or wrong decision.
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    Default Re: Any reasons as to why the iPhone 5C isn't cheap

    Apples prices are almost never fair, which is especially evident by their high margin price on memory increases for iOS devices.
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    Default Re: Any reasons as to why the iPhone 5C isn't cheap

    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher Alexander1 View Post
    Apples prices are almost never fair, which is especially evident by their high margin price on memory increases for iOS devices.
    They are "fair". They charge what the market will bear to maximize shareholder returns. Just what a public company should do. Yes it is not an even markup across all product lines, but if it wasn't fair then people would vote with their wallets and not buy them.
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    Default Re: Any reasons as to why the iPhone 5C isn't cheap

    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher Alexander1 View Post
    Apples prices are almost never fair, which is especially evident by their high margin price on memory increases for iOS devices.
    What is "fair"? I find Apple's pricing perfectly fair, especially after considering the kind of support you receive with such, because you simply will not find this level of consumer focused support anywhere else in the market...customer service alone serves as a good pricing justifier, and that's just one piece of the pie. Once you start factoring in things like product satisfaction amongst the consumer, near effortless ownership experience and an unmatched value retention...the cost of Apple products begins to almost become a BARGAIN in comparison with other products on the market.

    Apple is a business first and foremost, and they are in this game to make a profit...they just happen to have a pretty good hold on the proper way to do this successfully year after year...by making a great product but also, supporting the great product with even better service.
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    Default Re: Any reasons as to why the iPhone 5C isn't cheap

    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher Alexander1 View Post
    Apples prices are almost never fair, which is especially evident by their high margin price on memory increases for iOS devices.
    And what would be "fair" to you? From each according to their ability, to each according to their needs?
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    Default Re: Any reasons as to why the iPhone 5C isn't cheap

    Quote Originally Posted by kch50428 View Post
    And what would be "fair" to you? From each according to their ability, to each according to their needs?
    Is that you, Karl?

    To the OP, I agree with the others... Apple's prices are fair... they produce a quality product, back it up with a warranty and hands on support like no other. But the great thing about a free market economy is that if you don’t think it’s a fair price, you don’t have to buy their products.
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