OldAtarian, on Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:12 PM, said:
No, price is NOT first consideration of everything. A person who wants to buy a Corvette is going to buy a Corvette regardless of how much it costs because it's the car he wants and it does what he wants it to do. He's not going to settle for a lower performing car just because it's cheaper. The ST was the cheaper, lower performing car of the 16-bit era while the Amiga was the Corvette.
That's just silly, and I can't believe your willingness to argue about something that everybody else knows.
Of course, as everybody else knows (or to
everybody else, besides you) every purchase - not just cars and computers - begins with price. If I'm looking for a house - I don't consider houses to be a homogenous product. There are little cheap houses and mansions. Well, how much am I willing to spend? How much DO I have to spend? How much can I truly afford? Only an absolute MORON would begin their home search without such considerations, all of which relate directly and immediately to PRICE. DUH!
So, by the time the hypothetical sports car buyer gets "Corvette" in his little noggin, he's already
been considering price. If not, then why isn't he buying high-end Porsche, Ferrari, or Lamborghini? I mean, why stop at "Corvette" if you don't give a shit about price? That would be completely stupid, since "price doesn't matter," would it not? The truth is (for most normal people, anyway) that price matters first. So, even if the sports car buyer decides they don't have $250,000 to drop on the Ferrari, and then they eliminate that choice. They decide the Corvette is in their PRICE
range. Well, besides trim levels, they have 3 performance levels to choose from. Base (436HP, $50,000), Z06 (505HP, $75,.000), or ZR1 (638HP, $111,000). Well, which to choose? In fantasy-world where price didn't matter, everybody would get the ZR1! I suspect that OldAtarian drives a ZR1, and I'd like to see it. In the real world, where PRICE MATTERS
, they sell many more base models than the others. I wonder why this is? Well, seeing has how the ZR1 is almost twice the PRICE
, I suspect that price has something to do with it.
After all, it's not that the ZR1 is objectionable to look at (as another car entirely might be to the Corvette puchaser). It's just an enhanced, more powerful version of the same car. Oh yeah, it's double the PRICE
. No thanks.
In the case of 1985 16-bit computers, PRICE mattered more back then, to kids working at minimum wage summer jobs to pay for their computers. The price of a 520ST (or C128) system was a lot less than the $1795 it took for a 256K Amiga 1000 system. Maybe it didn't matter to you. Price matters to most people, first and foremost. I can't account for every person in the world. The rich, spoiled, ignorant, childish, foolish, obstinate, weird, backward, and argumentative need not apply. For them, price doesn't matter. For them, there's no PRICE
ELASTICITY OF DEMAND. There is, for the everybody else. How fortunate! How strange markets would be, if there were not!