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All you iPhone owners out there, pissed off that Apple’s cut prices of the trendy gadget by $200: Get a grip.
Today in the Post, Eugene Robinson—-a columnist I consider to have a head on his shoulders—-takes on Steve Jobs and his maneuverings.
He says if he had an iPhone, he’d be “iRate.”
I’m sorry, but enough with the pity parade. You shelled out $600, people, because it was worth $600 to you at that point. And, let’s face it, because you wanted people to know it was worth $600 to you. Frankly, Jobs was being all too kind to offer you $100 in Apple Store credit back to you idiots (though I’m sure it’ll turn out OK for him when most of you show up with your certificates and end up spending twice that). Thing is, this was masterful use of price differentiation: Jobs & Co. knew there were thousands of you suckers out there willing to pay $600 for one of these things, and he actually got you to spend that much money. Good for him. But he also knew there’s a whole lot more folks willing to spend $400 for it (maybe myself included), and he’ll probably make a whole lot of money doing that. Good for him.
Robinson does make a really good point:
The sky-high price was supposed to guarantee a decent period of exclusivity. For a time, if you bought an iPhone, you were supposed to be the envy of your friends….Eventually, you understood, everybody would have one…[but] the aura of supercool should have lasted longer than a couple of months.
True, but I feel like the iPhone early birds have had plenty of fun. And it’s all part of the risk of being an early adopter. I was a relatively early iPod adopter, getting a 2nd-generation 10-gig model in late 2002 for $400. I got about six months of state-of-the-artness before the sleeker, more capacious new models appeared—-the ones that really sent the iPod into the stratosphere—-and my old one was a relic.
So be happy with the two months you got, iPhoners. I think that most folks have gotten their $200 in early-adopter-benefits. Looking around various District watering holes in the past few months, I can’t help but think there’s a goodly number of men who got much more than their money’s worth in female companionship based on their iPhones. Do they really deserve gift certificates?