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New math: Apple spends $23 more than Amazon to build its "mini" tablet, but charges $130 more

0. phoneArena posted on 05 Nov 2012, 11:47

Thanks to a number of teardowns, we can now calculate that it costs $23 more for Apple to build the Apple iPad mini than the Amazon Fire HD; when it comes to selling its 7 inch (7.9 actually), Apple charges $130 more than Amazon...

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posted on 05 Nov 2012, 11:51 13

4. d_droid (Posts: 11; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


apple tax

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 12:21 7

8. Aeires (unregistered)


Agreed. Apple wants to make money on their ecosystem just as much as Amazon, they just want you to pay a huge amount up front as well.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 12:37 2

12. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Apple doesn't force people to buy their products.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 12:54 9

16. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Apple brainwashes and temtates innocent unsmart untechy people, and the h!ppy$ more like.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 13:00 7

18. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


You're right. My uncle knew someone that worked at Apple. They had an inside motto:

"We can't control someone's stupidity, but we can surely benefit from it".

This certainly would concur with Steve Jobs' documented belief that consumers are technologically dumb.

John B.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 18:36 1

48. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Much like the drug peddler doesn't force anyone to buy drugs...

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 12:14 10

7. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


I just can't believe people let themselves get taken advantage of by companies like Apple, you could but the nexus 7 for $130 less and get more for your money.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 12:58 2

17. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Lol, with blind devotion of it's reputed defenders like Mxy and others like him/her, Apple has plenty of consumers to r@pe and pillage. They are so arrogant that they do not dare pass off any savings to customers because the consumer so believes in this premium myth, when it obviously costs them peanuts to slap those components together.

Marketing and reality distortion field do all their work for them, that logo and iconic name makes people think that they are the only things that matter. The marketing has done it's job, can't tell you how often people call the name iPod for every tiny device that has headphones attached to them. Bravo Apple, you guys are the best as selling people things at grossly inflated prices just to keep up with the Jones'.

Meanwhile back at Cupertino headquarters...Now how do we make another device and slap an prefix i and make it expensive and sell it to these sheepish morons out there. If making money was this easy I would have signed up too...capitalism baby...lie, cheat and steal your way to the top.

Apple excels in all three areas no question!
Go read the review for the iPad mini and you'll see just how well the reality distortion field works and even objective reviewers lose all reason and give high marks to Apple logo bearing devices for no apparent reason and lavish it with praise too.

Just call it Apple math, they might have a patent on that too so be careful using it in public.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 13:59

28. therealestmc (Posts: 473; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


How does affect what people buy with their money? I truly do not see how that is your problem. Do you have problem with people who buy expensive cars, too?

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 15:28

37. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


What does anything I say have an issue with how stupid people with more money than sense spend their money? People can buy what they want for whatever perceived value and I can sit back and laugh at them for having more money than sense. They can parade around with their devices as if it's a social status symbol all they want to, make me no difference but I can poke fun at their ineptitude.

I clearly stated that they have great marketing and to be able to make a profit off people stupidity is epic. Just bad that Apple doesn't care enough about you to give you a bit of a break on the asking price, but you know why should they if you are more than willing to spend such a large amount on it anyway. That shed some light in your dark corner, since you want to be cynical.

A wise man spends wisely, the idiot spends.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 15:37

38. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Well said and "wisely"....!®©

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 12:29 2

10. addict27 (Posts: 7; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


These tear-downs are greatly underestimating the true "cost of materials". That apple logo is made from pure apple magic by the hands of the late Steve Jobs himself and is worth $150 by itself! /s

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 12:49 1

14. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)


what is not included on those cost is the Apple award winning customer service and support.. and brand name, so for that 130 dollars more you are getting plenty of.. if not don't buy is that simple.. and I know a couple of Apple stores here in my area. Amazon store for tech support.. yeah.. Apple is it

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 13:56 2

26. tedkord (Posts: 14143; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Don't forget the R&D costs of years of developing cutting edge technology like rectangles with rounded corners and grids of icons.

Of course, they did save some money by stealing ideas like swipe to unlock and fro down notifications. Plus, there's the practice of just using others FRAND patents and never paying, but all that saved money goes to lawyers.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 13:04 4

19. zvioocge (Posts: 26; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


peoples logic
which is expensive is the BEST!

Go f**k Off,Buy N7 32GB HSPA+ Version which is still cheaper than 16gb,only wifi,sub hd screened Ipad MINI

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 13:27 1

20. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)


get back at me in 7 months when your N7 falls appart..

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 13:51

23. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Get back at him when you have proof.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 15:42

39. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Get back when your fake stop pause start multitasking become true like Android, till then enjoy your Half-cooked ios fake Darwin dusts.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 13:30 1

21. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Lot of Apple bashing here, yet not a peep about Microsoft making over $100 more profit on a surface than Apple makes on a mini. Yes, it is a more expensive product to make and thus fair to charge more, but you cant argue that the Mini is a product marketed as a budget instead of premium devie since it makes around $150 profit on the $330 price tag. The mini is considered premium as far as 7inch tablets go, the Kindle Fire HD is considered budget. It has nothing to do with what's under the hood and everything to do with what is on the outside.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 15:20 1

36. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Because no one in their right mind would buy Surface RT, only those Windows fanatics can see value where there is absolutely none in that mess of hardware and software that is too bloated for it's own good.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 13:52

24. JunitoNH (Posts: 1934; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


You are very generous, seven months, more like four.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 14:53

32. TheMan (Posts: 493; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


This analysis would be more meaningful if wholesale pricing were used.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 22:09

50. kindlefireowner (Posts: 503; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Business 101. Make a product that people want to buy, then sell as many of those products as possible at full price. Can't hate Apple for that.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 23:18

53. a961009 (Posts: 120; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)


Can I call Apple as a GTO(Global Thief Organization)?? LMAO

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 05:30

56. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Did any one noticed that microsoft makes more profit than apple???????
Microsoft is no different from apple....the only difference is they hide behind the screen and acts smart....while apple shows it's stupidity publicly.....

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