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'Apple tax' really Microsoft tax?

updated 05:10 pm EDT, Tue March 31, 2009

Apple tax vs. MS tax

Not only are Mac buyers not paying an especially hefty Apple tax, Windows users are the ones paying more for their systems in the end, an editorial claims. Whereas Apple's gross margin for the past five years is said to have been 31.83 percent, Microsoft's margin is noted to have been 81.69 percent. Most of the money is said to have been wasted, moreover, on unsuccessful products such as Vista, the Zune and Live Search.

More tangible costs to owning a Windows computer are argued to include the common trope of resale value, as a three-year old MacBook may be worth half its original cost at the same time as a Dell might be worth only 20 percent. Windows users may further have to invest in anti-virus software, as a result of the OS being targeted more often. If such software is purchased on an annual basis, it may significantly raise the true price of Windows.

by MacNN Staff



  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Where's the source?

    Where's the original editorial? It would be nice if MacNN linked us to the original.

  1. lorca2770

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Dont you also love it?

    "Steve Jobs’ Reality Distortion Field can mesmerize millions. Ballmer’s reality distortion field, alas, extends only to his ears."

  1. lorca2770

    Joined: Dec 1969


    My passion about $soft

    "Of course, Ballmer invested your dollars in very important products: Zune - crushed by Apple; Live Search - crushed by Google; Xbox - crushed by Nintendo Wii; and, best of all, Vista - crushed by Windows XP!

    Not to mention $10 million to Seinfeld for those head-scratching ads. Really, if any other CEO had such a lousy track record he’d be toast. Don’t you wish YOU’D been Bill’s roommate at Harvard?"

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Virus costs

    Download and use firefox. Stay off of p*** sites. Download and use one of the free anti-virus programs.

    Problem solved...

  1. mustango

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Insult to intelligence

    Mr. Harris (the writer of the "editoral") insults his readers' intelligence (and, to be fair, many of the readers respond in kind). Software has much higher gross margins than hardware by nature, and Microsoft's product mix is much more heavily skewed towards software than Apple's. So of course Microsoft's overall gross margins are going to be much, much higher.

  1. TheBum

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This is news?

    I've always said that there's a Microsoft Tax. By the time you figure in the anti-virus, anti-spyware, and all the third party applications needed to get the Windows application suite on a par with the standard Apple suite, you've likely spent more than the Mac cost.

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  1. JuanGuapo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Of course...

    ...there is an Apple Tax.

    It's the gas and time you spend driving back to the Apple Store to return your defective $2500 15" Macbook Pro w/ a flickering display.

    Wish i was kidding, but their laptops are not very reliable. Two MBPs later, I returned it for good.

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I feel you. It's why I never bought an Intel unit.

  1. Mimi-mim

    Joined: Dec 1969


    All taxes bad?

    Are all taxes bad? A tax that provides a useful benefit or good value is worth paying.

    I like paying more for Apple products. You get what you pay for, and cheaper does not mean better. Just ask GM, Ford, or Chrysler.

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