I came upon an article by Kim Komando on FoxNews. It’s reasonable enough but omits pointing out two huge rip-offs.
“The tech retail jungle is filled with booby traps that can snare even savvy consumers. Steer clear of these bad deals and save more of your hard-earned cash.”
see 5 tech rip-offs to avoid | Fox News.
- Microsoft Windows OS – A reasonable price to use a modern operating system on a personal computer is ~$20. With M$, you pay the retailer ~$100 for the privilege. The retailer takes a markup and the OEM (Original Equiment Manufacturer) gets about half what’s left and M$ gets the rest, so two organizations are being paid about twice the going rate for an OS. You can have Debian GNU/Linux, for instance for about 30 minutes’ work.
- Apple’s hardware – The same people make your PC whether it’s from Apple or Acer or HP or Dell, the Chinese. They use the same suppliers of chips, hard drives, circuit boards and plastic… If you compare Apple’s hardware with corresponding hardware from other manufacturers, you will pay a huge markup from $200 to $500. Apple recently cut $300 off the price of their MacBook Pro to compete with Google’s Chromebook Pixel. That $300 was purely a rip-off until Google’s product came along. Apple’s operating system is better than M$’s but so is GNU/Linux, so buy your hardware without an OS and install GNU/Linux. It’s easy, but, if you are timid, just hire a teenager.
See how easy it is to install Debian GNU/Linux:
So, if you want to pay a lot of money for a personal computer and you want real value for that money, buy top of the line hardware with GNU/Linux or install GNU/Linux yourself. I’ve been doing that for more than a decade and the result is very satisfactory whereas I have never seen a computer running M$’s OS that was satisfactory and I have never seen one of Apple’s computers do any more than mine yet mine are half the cost.