Originally Posted by rorytmeadows
This is an incorrect slant statement, done in the style of Apple (congratulations, you're just like them!). Resale value can be based on a lot of things. Some of those things include how long they last, how dependable the hardware is, how easy they are to wipe for a new owner, etc etc. I can easily make the case that a PC has better resale value because it's easier to wipe clean, people know more about them, and they can get their mileage because they are customizable. But you have to remember, that people are spending a lot of money on Apple computers. Thus, they aren't going to be buying another one anytime soon. Factor that in to their availability, and it drives the price up. Again, they might be more expensive used, but that's because they are rarer, not because they are more dependable. In a few years, the hardware becomes obsolete because you can't upgrade and/or there were little options in the first place.
Simply, computers don't have consistent resale. Processors, motherboards, ports, and other essential pieces of computers do.
And they will all deny that they are buying it for "cool". Who's going to admit that? I can tear down anyone's "liking" of Macs and make them look foolish, as long as they don't get super aggressive with the "SHUT UP! PCs SUCK!" response I usually get 5 minutes in (they get so frustrated when they realize they made a foolish purchase).
This makes me think that you have no true experience with enterprise-anything.
Thanks for your time.
Wait, how is it easier to wipe a PC clean? And how does "people knowing more about them" and PCs being more "customizable" affect resale value? The first portion of your post makes little sense.
And one thing about Apple is that they don't emphasize on hard specs. This annoys PC users, who have these ridiculously fast machines for relatively cheap prices. Take a look at the Samsung Galaxy S and the iPhone 3GS. If a person who had no prior knowledge about either phone used each of them for a day, they'd probably think that the 3GS has better specs, because the Galaxy S's UI lags while the iPhone's does not.
And please don't add in the lack of upgradeability for old hardware as part of your argument. Apple is *the best* at supporting old devices. You can have a MacBook from 2006 run the latest version of OS X smoothly. You can have the iPhone 3G run iOS 4 -- a *two year old* device. The original iPhone was given updates for *three years* (it received 1.x, 2.x, AND 3.x). Let's take a look at HTC: they're rolling out... Android 2.1 with Sense for the Hero, which came pretty late and will probably be the last major update for that phone.
One of the main reasons Apple's products have higher resale value is because they're supported by Apple for years down the road, generally much longer than those companies who launch five new laptops or phones per month.
(Note: I am a fan of HTC. They are also better at updates than a lot of other companies; just not Apple.)
Um, so just because some people buy Macs because they're cool, everyone automatically does? Can't I say that students only buy PCs because they want to avoid Apple's mainstream products?
No, I have no true experience with enterprise-anything. You're correct. Please give me examples about how having technical know-how on PCs gets you farther than on Macs.