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Would you tell a person with car trouble to buy a Mercedes?

Posted by Chance on December 10, 2010

In the past I have had problems with my Windows PC and I post about it on facebook. Invariably, one or two people suggest that I buy a Mac. It doesn’t bother me so much that they mention Macs, but it is the way they do it. They bring it up in a smug manner, suggesting that it is the obvious solution and I’m a fool if I don’t follow it.

Now, I truly believe the Mac is better. As I’ve worked more in Linux at my job I have learned a little bit more about how Mac, which shares some commonalities with Linux, has some advantages to Windows. I would say that even based on the little I know about Mac, it is superior to Windows for several reasons I won’t go into here.

But here’s the thing; Macs are simply more expensive. Although a Mac at $1200 is probably better than a PC at $1200 (I haven’t done a direct comparison, but I would choose a Mac at that price), the point is, I can get a PC for $400; I cannot with a Mac. So if you are a Mac owner, I’m not saying you can’t talk about how great your Mac is or even suggest one if someone is looking for a new computer. Just keep in mind that the person you are talking to may not have $1200 to spend at the moment before you imply that someone is an idiot for not buying one.

Until I choose to spend money on a Mac, Linux is probably the next best thing.

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One Response to “Would you tell a person with car trouble to buy a Mercedes?”

  1. Laura said

    As my mother told me about Macs when I was a starving college student and really wanted one…sometimes you have to buy the Honda instead of the Mercedes. Completely understandable…I used my piece-by-piece self built PC for 4 years before I could afford to buy a Mac. I had to build it piece-by-piece because at the time, I couldn’t even afford the full price of a PC all at once.

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