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Is Apple manipulating NAND flash memory prices?

By Justin · 24 replies
Dec 1, 2009
  1. The cost of NAND flash memory chips present in several Apple devices may have been deflated, according to a report from the Korea Times this week. Unnamed sources claim Apple's purchasing strategies are "questionable", harming the companies who make the parts.

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  2. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,766   +1,160

    I only wish Apple gets in trouble, though of course the sellers won't talk because after all Apple is one of the big buyers.

    Roasted Apple anyone?
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,124   +1,617

    That's a serious accusation. Almost like trying to corner the gold market. Be interesting to see how this all pans out.
  4. vangrat

    vangrat TS Rookie Posts: 223

    Well as sneaky as this is, I find this pretty funny. In the end Apple owns this particular market at the moment, as soon as other large organisations step up to the NAND plate this wont be a problem anymore.
  5. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,116   +13

    i hope apple bites the bullet on this one. Im tiered of big companies running over the little guys its high time we do something about it. Apple doesnt really care about the customer i mean they always blame the customer everytime something goes wrong with there products.
  6. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 648   +58

    Hmmm...well if Apple has to pay a significant contract penalty then I don't see why they can't do this. Manufacturers will probably wise up to it anyway, and if it really hurts the manufacturer then we'll probably hear about lawsuits.
  7. lfg18

    lfg18 TS Rookie Posts: 86

    I agree with Klepto, Apple products are overpriced, and whenever they fail they accuse the costumer, one of my friends got a problem with his macbook just 1 month after he bought it, and when he took it to costumer service they refused to help him saying that it was his fault, he had to go two more times for them to take it. It would be good to see that Apple loses this one
  8. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    Apple has a cash pile large enough to build another planet. I hope they are made to correct any mistakes that this has caused in the market. If they indeed did what the article is describing.
  9. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 523   +15

    Apple is becoming such an evil company. under-paid workers, lawsuits left and right, and now this
  10. timljh

    timljh TS Enthusiast Posts: 35

    Apple already having enormous amount of profit and still wants to manipulate the pricing, how much more they want to get? Greed is really the worst attribute for human nature....
  11. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,116   +13

    Apple needs a new strategy called we take responsibility for our faulty products / actions that have cause people problems.
  12. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,442   +1,909

    Is it time for others to sue Apple now? Apple just got a few bucks from others and they will have to give it away now. ^_^ I like how the world works, don't you?
  13. freedomthinker

    freedomthinker TS Enthusiast Posts: 140

    Apple is seriously hooked on money ;D
  14. kaonis92

    kaonis92 TS Enthusiast Posts: 118

    Apple is trying to manipulate the whole economy, let's not forget how it handled the situations of the exploding and overheating iPod's and other isues that it had. Apple deserves many sues, if it was a European company it would have paid millions to the EU for it's "questionable" marketing tactics...
  15. LightHeart

    LightHeart TS Rookie Posts: 155

    Steve Jobs (Apple) is a controll freak, now that can be good, as all their products have that "Apple feel" which is one of the reasons they are successful. The down side is when Apple trys to control things outside itself, like markets. Of course I'm sure every large company tries to use their leverage to get the best deals.
  16. Fada

    Fada TS Rookie Posts: 34

    I thought thats how bussiness was conducted?
  17. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,703   +171

    Well I guess that would explain Appl€'s industry leading profit margins. But to be honest this doesn't strike me as that bad, in economics speak this is just bargaining power of buyers. When the other phone manufacturers get their act together and start making similar smartphones, this problem will just go away.

    Of course I still hope Appl€ loses, and people start to realise how stupidly overpriced their products are.
  18. swilllx2p

    swilllx2p TS Rookie Posts: 127

    I really hope apple gets sued for this if its true. That's not cool at all, and if you think about it by doing so apple could be costing people that work for these NAND flash makers to lose there jobs because of loss in profit. So already rich apple does this just to save a few bucks possibly causing people to lose there jobs which are hard enough to get these days. All with a big smile on there faces.
  19. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish TS Rookie Posts: 79

    Agreed :p

    Btw, I'm sure Nokia will be the one to sue, they don't have any problems doing that to Apple!
  20. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,653   +319

    I agree with Timonius. I was surprised when I read this because I expected there's be something in the contracts.
  21. AbsolutGaloot

    AbsolutGaloot TS Rookie Posts: 92

    Unsurprisingly, these shady tactics aren't reflected in the pricing of their products, which are overpriced as always.
  22. Heretic

    Heretic TS Rookie Posts: 37

    When was Apple ever a good company? They're a business like all the others. No different from Microsoft. No different from Intel or AMD. They all have shady practices we don't know about. I'm just glad that this was brought up. It's about time we started seeing some more honesty in businesses, and not just in the computing field.
  23. fref

    fref TS Enthusiast Posts: 153

    It's nice to see Apple instead of Microsoft having problems of its own this time...
  24. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,547   +432

    Seems to be a problem with the people Apple buys from not knowing how to write a business contract.
  25. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 786   +173

    I wouldn't be suprised bc apple is very known for selling stuff at an ridiculous price ;) If this is true I hope Apple gets in trouble big time.
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