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  • Apple to Lower iPad Price If It Doesn't Sell?


    Weeks after surprising many industry analysts with the low price of the entry-level iPad, Apple executives are sending out hints that Apple may lower prices further to boost sales of the new device. At a closed door meeting with financial analysts, Apple officials reportedly said that they will be "nimble" with pricing in case the iPad doesn't sell as hoped. Recent analyses of the parts used in the iPad indicate that Apple has plenty of room to drop prices.

    When the original iPhone was released, it cost $599. Just a few months later, Apple shaved $200 off the price. While the company is well-known for its high profit margins on everything it sells, Apple has not been above cutting prices when it wants to see big sales numbers, especially on new products. The original iPod, too, cost $400 and only held 5GB. And Steve Jobs has specifically said in the case of the iPad that he wants "to get this into the hands of as many people as possible." many early skeptics changed their opinions after actually getting to play with the iPad, using words like "gorgeous" and "blazingly fast."

    Credit Suisse analyst Bill Shope said that Apple "wants the iPad to be the best device for a few key use cases," like browsing the Internet, a new class of full-screen apps, and for playing video and reading e-books. According to Shope, Apple is ready to drop price if demand for the device doesn't take off. “While it remains to be seen how much traction the iPad gets initially," Shope said in a note to his clients, "management noted that it will remain nimble (pricing could change if the company is not attracting as many customers as anticipated)."

    Market research firm iSuppli released an analysis today that estimated the costs of a $499 iPad at $219.35. Broadpoint AmTech analyst Brian Marshall had earlier estimated a cost to Apple of $270 on the low-end model, with even higher profit margins on the more fully-featured iPads; in particular the 3G models which add $130 for a 3G radio that costs just $16. The 64GB flash in the top of the line iPad costs Apple only $76, but boosts the selling price by $200.

    If anything, this approach may backfire for Apple: I wasn't that eager personally to grab one of these the minute they go on sale, but with these reports, I'm even more inclined to wait.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple to Lower iPad Price If It Doesn't Sell? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 59 Comments
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      "The point is ladies and gentlemen that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of it’s forms - greed for life, for money, knowledge - has marked the upward surge of mankind and greed - you mark my words - will save the malfunctioning corporation called the USA."

      -Gordon Gekko
      that's deep
    1. redcard's Avatar
      redcard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vathgol View Post
      DUDE I SO AGREE!! I made a comment earlier with post regarding the GREED OF STEVE JOBS AND APPLE..
      Then of course you have the apple jock riders who dont care how much this thing costs.. just bc its apple they are standing in line waiting....

      How do expect to pay almost $800 for a full iPad just bc it has wi-fi and 3G? Really.. The only selling point these fools say is bc of READING!! Are you serious?

      Also what is the memory on this thing.. We still dont know.. Most netbooks come with 1gig of memory.. So if they want to compete with netbooks they need to lower price..

      What pisses me off is the 3G radio that costs FREAKING $16!!!! To add this is an additional $130!!!! An 8 times mark up!! This pisses me off and shows the GREED from Apple.. I wish I could just smack the hell outta Steve Jobs and his crew.. that much money and the top ipad has only 64gig memory!! I can buy almost 3 netbooks for $800 that includes wifi and 3G capabilities...

      GREED GREED GREED GREED... Thats why I continue to jailbreak.. thats why apps are all over the internet... Screw Apple!!! Mark up greedy bastards


      how bout a steve jobs **** rider....or a fruitcake pleaser.. better yet what about a flaming apple...
      packing mac boy..... i can keep going if you'd like
      No. You would continue to jailbreak and install cracked apps no matter what the price is. Most apps are 99c. Don't try to use that as an excuse for your greed.

      Go ahead, buy 3 netbooks. Apple doesn't care. You're not one of their more valuable customers, just a cheapskate always trying to get away with paying as little as possible
    1. Bluprint's Avatar
      Bluprint -
      Gordon Gekko was a villain. Someone driven by greed will always choose to treat everyone unfairly.
    1. badbrain88's Avatar
      badbrain88 -
      Gordon Gecko is also fictional. Quoting a fictional character to try to justify your own point is uncreative, uneducated, uncouth and just unamusing.

      Isn't greed what caused Mr Jobs' first business forays to fail? Greed for money or power is still greed.

      The price isn't that bad for anyone with a job, just overpriced for what it is. But there are always those with more money than sense.

      I'll just wait 'til it's JB-able, otherwise it's not as fun. New-gen models always improve(iphone, 3G, 3GS)

      Plus, I'm not that bored or unfulfilled that I have to rush out and be the FIRST, could be because I left kindergarten mentality behind.
    1. TheSkepticalGuy's Avatar
      TheSkepticalGuy -
      that don't surprise me, no flash , no multi-tasking, no camera and no mic. WTH was apple thinking?
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      we're not calling you apple fanboys as an insult. we're calling you that because it invalidates whatever opinions you have.

      and it's hard to call someone a cheapskate when they "own" 3000 worth of CPU's, 500 worth of media devices, and 2 "smart" phones.

      yeah, i'm 18 so of course i'm not gonna bother spending that much. i have a job, but i'm more concered with college tuition frankly.

      but using your pocketbook to prove a point concerning hardware is nonsensical.
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vathgol View Post
      What are you drinking or smoking? And yes I WILL continue to JB and install cracked apps.. And you're right about the comment about Apple doesnt care.. My point made... as was mentioned earlier- Greed will drive you to not caring for your customers.. Steve Jobs had a business that failed before bc of GREED!! did you know that.. Im assuming you're a child or some hormone driven teen bc you rule the world and know everything right?

      "Im not one of their valuable customers- just some cheap skate trying to get away with paying little as possible"
      You're damn right I am a cheapskate.... As all business owners cutting cost and making so the average consumer can purchase to keep the business running... When you have a 3G radio as mentioned on page 1 of this thread that costs $16 and Steve Job adds $130 to each iPad bc of this feature, THAT IS GREED!!! Even if he raised the cost to $45 above the cost I wouldnt complain so much but $130!!!!! you really need to check what you're talking about bc obviously you dont...

      As long as JB is around I will pay money to keep the servers running as I do now, and continue to support JB... Steve Jobs doesnt like anyone to be better than him therefore he pushes away A LOT of great minds.. WHO THE HELL WANTS TO HAVE AN IPOD, IPHONE THAT LOOKS THE SAME...Thats called control... People are not the same. We are different and a simple task as customizing the back ground on the springboard still isnt an option for the iphone bc Steve Jobs wants them all the same.. Thats why JB was created....

      Until then I will be a cheap skate and use netbooks that out perform this OVER PRICED iPad...
      so you basically want something for nothing. That's not being a cheapskate, that's being a thief.

      And what business did Steve Jobs have that failed??? Apple is doing great, so is Pixar, and NeXt Computer got bought by Apple. He also owns the majority of Disney shares.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rota View Post
      If they want it to compete with netbooks, it needs to be at netbook price points.
      compete with them how? price wise?

      there isnt a netbook out there with the same performance characteristics as the iPAd


      might as well make a Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren the same price as a volkswagon jetta
    1. redcard's Avatar
      redcard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vathgol View Post
      What are you drinking or smoking? And yes I WILL continue to JB and install cracked apps.. And you're right about the comment about Apple doesnt care.. My point made... as was mentioned earlier- Greed will drive you to not caring for your customers.. Steve Jobs had a business that failed before bc of GREED!! did you know that.. Im assuming you're a child or some hormone driven teen bc you rule the world and know everything right?

      "Im not one of their valuable customers- just some cheap skate trying to get away with paying little as possible"
      You're damn right I am a cheapskate.... As all business owners cutting cost and making so the average consumer can purchase to keep the business running... When you have a 3G radio as mentioned on page 1 of this thread that costs $16 and Steve Job adds $130 to each iPad bc of this feature, THAT IS GREED!!! Even if he raised the cost to $45 above the cost I wouldnt complain so much but $130!!!!! you really need to check what you're talking about bc obviously you dont...

      As long as JB is around I will pay money to keep the servers running as I do now, and continue to support JB... Steve Jobs doesnt like anyone to be better than him therefore he pushes away A LOT of great minds.. WHO THE HELL WANTS TO HAVE AN IPOD, IPHONE THAT LOOKS THE SAME...Thats called control... People are not the same. We are different and a simple task as customizing the back ground on the springboard still isnt an option for the iphone bc Steve Jobs wants them all the same.. Thats why JB was created....

      Until then I will be a cheap skate and use netbooks that out perform this OVER PRICED iPad...
      You're not really an individual, you just think you are. You're probably using the same themes 1000s of other are using. You're using wallpapers and icons SOMEONE ELSE created. That's not being individual.

      Steve Jobs is way better than you. Deal with it.

      And your netbook sucks

      Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post
      we're not calling you apple fanboys as an insult. we're calling you that because it invalidates whatever opinions you have.

      and it's hard to call someone a cheapskate when they "own" 3000 worth of CPU's, 500 worth of media devices, and 2 "smart" phones.

      yeah, i'm 18 so of course i'm not gonna bother spending that much. i have a job, but i'm more concered with college tuition frankly.

      but using your pocketbook to prove a point concerning hardware is nonsensical.
      Don't get your point as your post doesn't make much sense.

      You bought an iphone / touch, right?
      So did I
      I'm gonna be able to do everything you can do and more, and have a bigger screen and more powerful processor to do it on.

      If your budget only allows you a 3" screen, then fine. Mine doesn't, same as 1000s of others who'll buy one on launch day.
    1. redcard's Avatar
      redcard -
      I take it English isn't your first language?

      Common sense says "I will spend my money how I like, not spend it the way some tard on a forum thinks I should spend it cos he doesn't get a big enough allowance from his momma to buy what I want to buy"

      I'm not gonna spend the night on concrete. I'm gonna order it online from the comfort of my executive leather chair.

      I'll throw you a dime when I see you by the bargain bucket
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vathgol View Post
      Like I said.. Kids...Executive chair? I bought one from Office Depot too....LOL!! Common sense... well obviously it looks like you have none along with the rest of these idiots who want to be the first to over pay..... and yes if you see me at the bargain bucket please please ohh please throw me a dime... lets just hope you have enough left over after spendng all your funds from your executive leather chair on your over priced Ipad..

      LOL!! this guy is a character.. and a real comedian at that..

      Thanks for making me laugh today..


      I guess you didnt see the headline on Yahoo about what it acutally cost the company.. Incase you didnt I'll post the link for ya..

      what-your-gadget-really-costs: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance


      See theres a thing called finance- So since you're so wealthy let me help you invest your money... i would put you in so much High Risk portfolios bc you can afford to spend money like that big bucks... Money is no object... Well let me take your money, invest it for you, and we can talk later... These idiots on here..

      And you're right its a forum, where I can express what I feel about a product... I just feel bad for the idiots who want to be the first on the band wagon just to brag about something that will be available for everyone hundreds less....

      So me and all the other bargain bucket shoppers can still get the same ipad just like you buddy.. the thing is.. .we paid less.. Now go press a staples button- Cause that was easy!!!


      Man I dont give a horses behind about what I cant help thats available online for free.... I bet your iphone is jailbroken.. Oh that was free.. I bet you have cracked apps on your phone and you say you dont then I know you're lying...

      dont get on here and try to be the steve jobs hero cause you're not.. what is up with all these apple fruitcake jock strap sniffing, momma boys??

      Its not about free.. its about free will and free speech bc your boy Steve jobs wont allow ppl like me to submit better apps to the itunes store. .they get rejected... so ppl like me create apps and other products to work on the iphone... and yea its free!!

      So dont come on here telling me i want something for free.. thats stealing.... they should have never invented the internet.. as long as its out there.. im using buddy and you and your apple jock tasters can kiss my behind... Matter of fact i think im gonna go download an app right not for FREE....

      Matter of fact let me go install OS on my PC for FREE..

      LOL!!
      Bottom line, wether the iPad is overpriced or not, you want one just as bad. Guess all of us who bought PC's 15-20 years ago or more, including wintel boxes, are real idiots for spending thousands of dollars on a machine. Talk about overpriced, and that doesn't account for inflation.
    1. rugburn's Avatar
      rugburn -
      APPLE has a reputation of RIPPING OFF EVERYONE that purchases products from APPLE....

      Take the HINT apple and treat people with a little more respect and lower your prices on EVERYTHING you Sell to the public and maybe you will get a better reputation in the industry
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rota View Post
      Do you remember to breathe without Steve Jobs telling you to?
      lol...nice.
      Quote Originally Posted by rugburn View Post
      APPLE has a reputation of RIPPING OFF EVERYONE that purchases products from APPLE....

      Take the HINT apple and treat people with a little more respect and lower your prices on EVERYTHING you Sell to the public and maybe you will get a better reputation in the industry
      Apple already have a good reputation in the industry, otherwise they wouldn't have healthy stocks and good product sales...
    1. Vathgol's Avatar
      Vathgol -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rota View Post
      You're going to need the jaws of life to dislodge your head from your ***.

      So 1.66GHz processors (As well as a dual core 1.6GHz available in one model), 160GB (and bigger) hard drives, 2-4GB of RAM, and ION graphics chips aren't at the same performance level as an iPad?

      Do you remember to breathe without Steve Jobs telling you to?

      This guy rhekt.... did he just say what i thought he said??? That has got to be one of the most dumbest comments I have ever heard... you are comparing the ipad to a netbook??

      I agree with Rota... look at the stats buddy.... first off we STILL dont know the memory the ipad has... Average netbook 1GIG... storage 140GIG.....ipad memory UNKNOWN storgage- up to 64GIG....
      processor speed..


      Rota you are right dude.... ipad cant compete.. then to compare the Mercedes.. Ok well if the ENGINE of the mercedes was put in a JETTA- I would buy the jetta and yes it competes with the Mercedes.. just bc the name isnt Mercedes doesnt mean it cant compete..

      Quote Originally Posted by rugburn View Post
      apple has a reputation of ripping off everyone that purchases products from apple....

      Take the hint apple and treat people with a little more respect and lower your prices on everything you sell to the public and maybe you will get a better reputation in the industry
      thank you!! That is the main point right there... Cant say it any better

      Quote Originally Posted by dale1v View Post
      lol...nice.

      Apple already have a good reputation in the industry, otherwise they wouldn't have healthy stocks and good product sales...
      yea their stocks are high.. the reason= Iphone sales...when it came to their computers the stocks stayed and their reputation wasnt there... numbers dont lie... look at the market info where apple was BEFORE the iphone and where apple is AFTER the iphone.. now wth the iPad, we shall see!! but high bc of iphone.. i use to trade stocks with apple, so trust me I know
    1. redcard's Avatar
      redcard -
      Dude, the very fact that you agree with rugburn shows how retarded you are.

      "Lower your prices on everything you sell"

      Yeah, that's how to run a business. Apple doesn't sell budget products. Don't you get that? Who in the industry has a better reputation than Apple? Nobody.
      I mean, you used to trade shares, so you should really know a little about the company, right? Or maybe you didn't really trade much shares at all. Who knows.

      Your English is awful, and your username sounds like something out of Lord of the Rings. You don't sound like you've ever done much in life. You're on a forum posting about how a $500 is too expensive, and should be cheaper so you can afford it. Pull yourself together, man. Look at what you've turned into
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vathgol View Post

      Rota you are right dude.... ipad cant compete.. then to compare the Mercedes.. Ok well if the ENGINE of the mercedes was put in a JETTA- I would buy the jetta and yes it competes with the Mercedes.. just bc the name isnt Mercedes doesnt mean it cant compete.. You idiot...
      Put a MB engine in a Jetta? Lol, you're probably one of those people that would build/buy a kit car/replica because you can't afford the real deal or are too cheap.

      I guess Bugatti, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Rolls Royce, McLaren, Koenigsegg, Pagani, Bentley, Porsche, Lotus, Audi, etc.. are all rip offs according to you. Most of these sports cars only seat two, maybe even just one, can't haul much cargo, can't go off road, give terrible gas mileage, have expensive maintenance.

      So using your logic, you're better off buying a Ford Focus or Kia Sorrento. Heck you can even get a domestic car with more hp than some of the high end cars. If not, you could build up your own car for a fraction of the cost of a real high end car.
    1. Vathgol's Avatar
      Vathgol -
      Dude, the very fact that you agree with rugburn shows how retarded you are.

      "Lower your prices on everything you sell"

      Yeah, that's how to run a business. Apple doesn't sell budget products. Don't you get that? Who in the industry has a better reputation than Apple? Nobody.
      I mean, you used to trade shares, so you should really know a little about the company, right? Or maybe you didn't really trade much shares at all. Who knows.

      Your English is awful, and your username sounds like something out of Lord of the Rings. You don't sound like you've ever done much in life. You're on a forum posting about how a $500 is too expensive, and should be cheaper so you can afford it. Pull yourself together, man. Look at what you've turned into






      First off what I meant by the stock market you idiot was that the market share prices increased dramatically bc of the iphone.... before that apples shares sat at around $70-90 a share.. the same around what Microsoft sat around for a while until apple released the iphone that summer..thats my point....

      I never said apple sells bargain/budget products, they sell OVERPRICED products...what makes apple so great? Lets compare specs for specs on Apple vs what I can build on my own... Once you do that, whats so different? You cant say processor...video card? anything that has to do with the overall specs from motherboard to harddrive, please tell what is so different... Besides that fact that the OS is different is why I build my clients a computer WITH apple software for a FRACTION of the cost.... $2500-3k for a computer is absurd!!! Thats what I meant by that comment....

      As far as stocks thats what I meant so like I said yea i know what im talking about... When it comes to my name.. Thank you, it means a lot to me especially on some forum....

      By the way Lord of the Rings is a great movie... Think I'll go play WoW as well!!


      LOL
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vathgol View Post

      yea their stocks are high.. the reason= Iphone sales...when it came to their computers the stocks stayed and their reputation wasnt there... numbers dont lie... look at the market info where apple was BEFORE the iphone and where apple is AFTER the iphone.. now wth the iPad, we shall see!! but high bc of iphone.. i use to trade stocks with apple, so trust me I know
      Yeah I won't deny that, but he gave a basic answer with no expansion, so I did too, lol.
    1. kylen721's Avatar
      kylen721 -
      This was hilarious to read....

      My bet is apple has no plans on reducing the price of the iPad any time soon. I am buying one on launch day and I am sure that many other people will be as well. If you guys don't want companies to stay in business and innovate then by all means try and get there products at cost... in fact you should just find out what all parts are in it and build it yourself to save some money.