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  • Prices or Impatience? To Which Are iPad Sales Most Sensitive?



    Now that the iPad has been unveiled, the next step is getting it into the hands of consumers. The price, however, required to make the iPad a ubiquitous presence has become a hot topic of debate. Just how much is too much for the iPad? And, conversely, how much is too little?

    Reports have begun indicating that major questions about fair and proper pricing for the iPad have been raised inside the walls of Apple. And while there's no clear indication of how rapidly the introductory prices will fall (and how fast), consumers have grown savvy and rather wary of price bottoms following a major product release from Apple.

    All signs indicate that a relatively robust reworking of prices could follow the initial public and response and first wave of sales. Remember the "outrage" directed toward Apple when a mega price-cut was bestowed upon the iPhone shortly after its release? Could a similar pattern now similarly befall the iPad? If you want clues to what some would say is an inevitable price cut for the iPad, look closely into the words of Mr. Steve Jobs himself in response to widespread criticisms born of the iPhone's $200 price reduction only a few months after the device went on sale.

    Being in technology for 30+ years I can attest to the fact that the technology road is bumpy. 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.
    iPad pricing aside, one major variable remains in play that is difficult to understand and appreciate at present. I'm referring, of course, to the impatience of many consumers (like myself) who simply can't wait until summer to get their iPad at a potentially lower price. If necessary, I will clothesline an elderly man if he stands between me and the iPad come late March. But am I among a dwindling minority who feel this impatient about jumping all over a new Apple product?

    Would a lower price influence you to hold off on an iPad purchase for a few months, or if you're already bent on buying one, will you get in line as soon as the shipments hit stores?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Prices or Impatience? To Which Are iPad Sales Most Sensitive? started by Michael Essany View original post