Open Thread: Apple Defies the Laws of Economics

After relying on my svelte Macbook Air for a long time, yesterday I broke down and splurged on a new Macbook Pro. I wanted extra power, and more importantly, additional storage — mostly to store two seasons of “Californication,” albums from Thievery Corporation, Nitin Sawhney and Bombay Dub Orchestra, and hundreds of non-digital photos that I have been scanning into my computer for about three months.

I ended up getting a 15.4-inch Macbook Pro with a matte screen — the glossy screens got tiring to be honest — and I had to pay an extra $50 for that option. It’s ironic, because Apple made matte screen laptops up until a year ago and then decided to switch its entire product line to glossy screens. A lot of folks wanted matte screens, and Apple listened — now you can get a matte screen if you pay extra for it.

I wonder if there are other computer makers that can get away with something like that? Are there any other brands that can charge extra for “retro” features? I would love to hear your feedback on this.

Photo of Steve Jobs courtesy of Acaben via Flickr

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