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    Pushing iPhone sales, really?

    I know smartphone sales dropped a lot because of the lockdown and people being out of work but I keep seeing stores pushing sales for the new iPhone. Are there really people out their prioritizing a phone that is $1000 right now when a good portion of the country are struggling to pay for food? Like come on...

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    I've talked about this before but more people should learn the strengths of Xiaomi phones and other hardware. If you want a cutting-edge phone at half the price it's the way to go. I am a fan of their products. My robot vacuum cleaner was made by Xiaomi too. A lot of people don't seem to trust their hardware because the company is Chinese while ignoring the fact that under the hood almost 100% of their "higher-class" (i.e. branding) devices is Chinese.

    I was given an iPhone around six years ago by a client I was developing an app for. So I never really wanted the iPhone but it was a good opportunity to try out one of their then-current models. I liked it. Overall a good experience but I wasn't ignoring the fact that iOS was holding me back from doing a lot of things. Even when jailbroken, iPhones are still pretty hampered in comparison. I did like my iPhone's hefty build quality but I still always had to always use a silicone case because they scratch so easily. That's the last thing you want with a device that's really expensive.

    iPhones sometimes look nice. Build quality is usually decent (with exceptions), but the OS is ass and the hardware is often no better than cheaper alternatives. There is nothing here that justifies the extreme price tags. Money's tight for so many people now, so they need to stop dick-riding Apple and start getting more for less from other manufacturers if they want high-quality tech and food.

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    It's not that weird to me that there are people out there who still have disposable income. Those of us who haven't been laid off from work and are working from home are (at least financially) carrying on as usual. In fact, I'm saving more money right now because I drive very little. Is it the fact that it's a luxury brand that's strange to you? I agree that it's a little weird to watch people buy luxury items right now, but I'm also glad that at least some consumer behavior is continuing so the market doesn't crash any further. What if they were buying a used car for $3500? That's over 3x the price of an iPhone. I'm just trying to understand if it's the dollar amount that's weird or the item itself.

    Mantis and I are on the same page about iPhones, btw. I'm not trying to defend Crapple here, I just want to follow the logic so I know if I agree or not.
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    It is the general cost for the phone, being $1000 to buy a phone when you can easily get one for a fraction of the cost that does the same thing. Buying overpriced phones has never made sense to me though. Like I have a galaxy but I bought it new on eBay, factory unlocked and a few models behind so it didn't cost me that much. I get wanting to have nice things and the fact that people are willing to spend their money mindlessly helps the market but in my mind, it is just wasteful.

    I grew up watching my parents struggle with money. Maybe that is why I view it as wasteful? My mother is also obsessed with money, I swear sometimes it is her "god" so I kind of have been put off by having enough money to flash expensive things.

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