1. iMore Question's Avatar
    Why are Apple products over-priced?
    02-16-2017 06:50 PM
  2. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    Welcome to iMore! That's a matter of opinion. Millions of users and I would probably agree that you get what they pay for. Hence, the iPhone is the best selling smartphone in the world.
    Sherry_B likes this.
    02-16-2017 07:03 PM
  3. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Apple, like any other for-profit entity is in business to provide products and service at a profit. Even at your typical garage sale, the seller is trying to sell stuff at a profit. Every seller wants to bring in more than what was spent to create the product he or she is selling.
    Sherry_B likes this.
    02-16-2017 07:07 PM
  4. SwitchBeach's Avatar
    Why are Apple products over-priced?
    They don't.

    They are priced correctly.
    02-16-2017 08:05 PM
  5. Larry Cook1's Avatar
    As Rob said you get what you pay for.
    wilber1 likes this.
    02-17-2017 06:06 AM
  6. robertk328's Avatar
    Welcome to iMore!

    If they were over-priced, nobody would buy them (or at least not as many). They're priced right for what you get
    Sherry_B likes this.
    02-17-2017 06:27 AM
  7. Spencerdl's Avatar
    I agree with everything that was said. It's not just Apple products that's overpriced. It's my opinion that everything is overpriced. Profit is one thing, but extreme profit is another. The world has gone plum mad with profit gain...1, 2, 300% profit makes me cringe, but that's the world we live in today.
    TgeekB likes this.
    02-17-2017 08:43 AM
  8. Quis89's Avatar
    I will say I believe the new MacBook line to be over priced. But aside from that, you get what you pay for with Apple. Premium products come at a premium price.
    02-17-2017 09:34 AM
  9. kataran's Avatar
    Being at the height of Technology you need to invest a lot of money and the end product is going to be costly. That said the price of the iPhone is not out of reach to the average citizen
    Sherry_B likes this.
    02-17-2017 10:17 AM
  10. Spencerdl's Avatar
    ....and all this time I thought price wars between companies was supposed to benefit the consumer not the other way around. It seems to me like the prices are going up instead of down. I guess as long as the customers keep paying these ridiculous prices, they will continue to go up. Maybe as consumers we need to be a little smarter as a whole.
    TgeekB likes this.
    04-14-2018 07:17 AM
  11. TripleOne's Avatar
    At the end of the day, you get what you pay for.
    I enjoy the quality and the experience that I get from my Apple products.
    MasterDarque likes this.
    04-14-2018 09:33 AM
  12. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    They are overpriced for what you get. It costs Apple $357.50 to make an entry-level iPhone X, then they sell it for $999. Why? Because there's enough people willing to pay that much for it. So, it's worth what people are willing to pay, regardless of the quality.
    TgeekB likes this.
    04-14-2018 10:02 AM
  13. bakron1's Avatar
    The price of consumer products like the iPhone will probably never come down as long as they have the consumer who is willing to shell out the money for their products.

    For myself, it’s all about being value added, I have been using iMacs and Apple products since 2008 and I won’t use anything else.

    The support and warranty they provide is second to none and the quality of their products speak for themselves.

    I have never bought extended Apple Care on any of the iMacs I have bought and have never had any major issues with the desktops and laptops I have purchased since 2008.

    So, for myself, I say they are worth every penny I have spent on them, just my two cents worth.
    grover5 likes this.
    04-15-2018 05:34 PM
  14. Sherry_B's Avatar
    Why are Apple products over-priced?

    When I used Android I use to ask the same question. Until I bit the bit the bullet and purchased an iPhone, now I clearly see why their devices are priced the way they are. The difference between Android an iPhone is night and day. I'l never ever go back to Android.
    Lee_Bo and Tartarus like this.
    04-15-2018 07:02 PM
  15. Ken Magel's Avatar
    We need to realize that the Apple prices are for more than just the product purchased. If you purchase hardware, you get free operating system updates for several years. If you live near an Apple store, you get opportunities to take lots of short courses for no cost. If you run into problems, you can consult the geniuses for no additional cost. Apple also supports some charitable causes such as Product Red. Furthermore, Apple tends to spend much more time and expense evaluating its supply chain and the products they produce.
    Lee_Bo likes this.
    04-23-2018 01:23 PM
  16. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    Why are Apple products over-priced?
    They're not over-priced.

    They just work.

    Period.

    Next question?
    04-23-2018 03:23 PM
  17. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    Welcome to iMore! The simple answer is because they can and people pay it. The complex answer is as others have said, Apple makes a premium product that looks, acts, and feels premium.
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    04-23-2018 05:16 PM
  18. TgeekB's Avatar
    At the end of the day, you get what you pay for.
    I enjoy the quality and the experience that I get from my Apple products.
    So does “you get what you pay for” mean we’re not very smart? There is a reason there is an ever-growing disparity between the wealthy and the rest of the population. CEO’s making thousands of times more than their employees? Athletes making millions of dollars to play a game? One thing is true, until people step up and refuse to pay these prices they will continue to price their products (not just Apple) at higher and higher levels.

    FYI: I no longer attend pro sports events. I support small college and amateur sports. I do not purchase smartphones at full price. I wait until someone else paid full price and then purchase the phone from them for a fractional the cost. This is what I chose to do.

    Thank you for listening.
    04-23-2018 05:41 PM
  19. TgeekB's Avatar
    They're not over-priced.

    They just work.

    Period.

    Next question?
    I respect your point. Let me ask you though, does that mean you’ll pay any price?
    04-23-2018 05:43 PM
  20. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    I respect your point. Let me ask you though, does that mean you’ll pay any price?
    Nope. Didn't get the X due to price. Holding onto the 7+ a while longer, at least until the next iPhone that works on Tmobile's 600 mhz band.
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    04-23-2018 06:00 PM
  21. Sherry_B's Avatar
    So does “you get what you pay for” mean we’re not very smart?
    That phrase has two meanings; sometimes when you buy something cheap, you get a cheaply made product. Regarding the iPhone, you get what you pay for. IE; good quality hardware at the appropriate price.


    There is a reason there is an ever-growing disparity between the wealthy and the rest of the population.
    That's nonesense. I do not consider myself wealthy in any regard. I saved for many, many months to get the Apple products that I own. Perhaps "setting small amounts of money aside every paycheck until you have all you need" isn't a term that people whining about the price of Apple products are familiar with.

    If you have a source of income then you can own an Apple device. How long it takes you to save up for it will vary.
    04-23-2018 06:35 PM
  22. TgeekB's Avatar
    That phrase has two meanings; sometimes when you buy something cheap, you get a cheaply made product. Regarding the iPhone, you get what you pay for. IE; good quality hardware at the appropriate price.




    That's nonesense. I do not consider myself wealthy in any regard. I saved for many, many months to get the Apple products that I own. Perhaps "setting small amounts of money aside every paycheck until you have all you need" isn't a term that people whining about the price of Apple products are familiar with.

    If you have a source of income then you can own an Apple device. How long it takes you to save up for it will vary.
    I respectfully disagree with your assertion that just because you can afford a product, or save up for one over time means that it is appropriately priced. Also let’s not use adjectives like “whining” to describe people who feel products are overly priced. That’s a bit disrespectful.
    I only jumped into this thread because I enjoy looking at issues from both sides. There really is no argument that businesses and CEO’s are becoming freakishly wealthy on our dime, is there? Neither is there an argument that smartphones can be developed, built and sold for much less. We choose (for various personal reasons) to pay or not pay any price they set. Prices will disproportionately rise compared to return until we collectively decide it is no longer warranted. Individually we will vary in our interpretations along the way. I have only one of those interpretations.
    04-23-2018 06:47 PM
  23. kataran's Avatar
    All products have a top shelve from cars to everyday products including smartphones. I have friends that either can’t afford top shelve or refuse to do so. They buy low end android ZTE phones and I play with them when handed to me and the feel quality as well as performance of my X is the difference of a BMW to a Honda dues the price point. Is it right I don’t know but it’s the way it is.
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    04-23-2018 07:11 PM
  24. MSUGrandma's Avatar
    That phrase has two meanings; sometimes when you buy something cheap, you get a cheaply made product. Regarding the iPhone, you get what you pay for. IE; good quality hardware at the appropriate price.




    That's nonesense. I do not consider myself wealthy in any regard. I saved for many, many months to get the Apple products that I own. Perhaps "setting small amounts of money aside every paycheck until you have all you need" isn't a term that people whining about the price of Apple products are familiar with.

    If you have a source of income then you can own an Apple device. How long it takes you to save up for it will vary.
    I totally agree! We are a retired couple and are definitely not “wealthy”. However, we have bought other phones previously (as well as iPhones) and have just not been pleased with their performance and have had hardware issues. We have “splurged” and chosen to go strictly Apple for phones and watches. My husbands iPhone has lasted years, no problems. I use the Apple yearly upgrade program (because I can). I love Apple products and am willing to pay more for them (although in the long run I don’t feel that we’ve overpaid). It’s no different than buying any other product.
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    04-23-2018 08:44 PM
  25. anony_mouse's Avatar
    Apple do this because they believe it will earn them the highest profits. They may well be right.

    As a customer, I seek out the company which makes the lowest margins, not the highest - they are likely to have the best value products. If everybody did this, Apple would be toast.
    04-24-2018 03:50 AM
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