OSNews report 'The Misconception Macs Are Too Expensive'. “When one takes the seamless integration, stability, ease of use, quality engineering, the TCO, and the ability to boot Windows, one can easily conclude that a Mac is not necessarily a more expensive proposition. The argument that Mac's are too expensive no longer applies. Although you can spend between $600 and several thousand for a Mac, stay within your means and purchase a system that meets your computing demands.”
A friend at a recent LUG meeting observed that, even if this is true, he's been listening to this so long from Mac advocates, even when it was a far more tenuous position, that he's tired of hearing it and he's not inclined to believe it, even though he suspects it's a lot truer now than it ever was.
I just know the laptop I really want will cost $4000. It has cost that much for over a decade, and it still does.