The bottom line is there are not that many people that are undecided on what system they want to buy, so for the most part all the arguing back and forth is moot. Apple doesn't want to lower prices because they are still selling a lot of Macs as is, if they lower the price they might sell more, but they'd make less. They have a responsibility to their shareholders to make the most they can, I'm sure their employees that make the pricing decisions know better than the general public on what is best for Apple. I don't really think Apple cares what most of the people that bash them about pricing care. I've got 3 Macs and 3 PCs in my house running: OS X 10.5, WindowsME, Windows Vista, Windows 7 RC, Ubuntu 9.04, and Puppy Linux (same pc as WinME). I don't have any dislike for PCs, and I don't have any over abundance of love for Apple. This talk about open systems being superior and all (2 posts above this one) isn't 100% true, because if that was true everyone would be running some form of Linux. Those $400 17" laptops have incredibly shitty screens though, something like 1440x900 on a 17". Thats piss poor, so while you can get a big heavy fast 17" laptop, they have to cut corners on price somewhere, and the thing you spend looking at while you are using might not be the best place. But then again, if all you want is a big laptop for cheap, then there you go. Its all about choice, the people that spend a lot on Apple products know they are doing so, all this fighting about it is a waste of time.