You do realize
by Jimmy Greystone - 5/5/12 4:35 AM
In Reply to: Sour apples by Bruce Myers
You do realize that there are only like 4 companies left that actually make HDDs anymore, right? There's Western Digital, Hitachi, Samsung, and Toshiba (the latter only makes 2.5" drives). Apple buys their drives from those companies same as Dell, HP, Acer, and everyone else.
And a 90 day warranty is pretty much the standard for "bare" or OEM drives go. You can buy an OEM drive off NewEgg or Amazon and get the same deal. You pay a lower price, and in exchange you don't get as long a warranty or any of the crap software and packaging that comes with retail drives.
You seem to be getting confused by the fact that the OP says their friend took the computer to some (supposedly) Apple authorized repair place which said they bought drives in bulk, as opposed to taking it to Apple themselves. While Apple certainly seems to be trying its absolute best to make it impossible for anyone but their retail stores to make a living repairing Apple computers, and as a side note I'd love to see a number of them file a class action anti-competitive lawsuit against Apple for it, but the OP's friend did not (as far as we know) take the computer to an Apple retail store.
So when you get down to it, your comments seem to be designed more to reinforce your own stereotypical beliefs about Apple products than actually being helpful in any way. Best case scenario you're guilty of not having really read all of the posts before making yours.
I am in no way going to defend Apple the company. They are an absolute nightmare to deal with, and they seem to go out of their way to find the most obnoxious high-maintenance drama queens when hiring people. The people who managed to get grandfathered in before that hiring practice are often hogtied by a bunch of bureaucratic red tape, and I'm sure that if the job market were a bit better, they'd be off for greener pastures already. That being said, it doesn't really do anyone any favors to post rather ill-informed comments like yours, where the entire goal seems to just be to reinforce your own preconceived notions. There are plenty of very legitimate reasons to dislike Apple, like how they randomly come up with rules that you're expected to follow as an AASP, but they will never provide you with a copy of these rules in writing. They won't even verbally describe them in any detail, they'll just tell you you're in violation of some rule, so change this or that about your business or else. Then the next week they'll move the goal post again, maybe deciding that the way you were doing things last week is now the proper way. Personally I'm convinced the whole exercise is designed to make the process as frustrating as possible for both the AASP and customers of that AASP, thus driving more people to Apple's retail stores which get to operate above the law so to speak. They can just throw parts at a problem until they solve it, whereas AASPs get penalized for that in terms of labor reimbursements. AASPs don't get to work on iOS devices, only Apple retail stores can handle those. There are plenty of parts Apple has removed from the channel for AASPs, so now only Apple's outsourced repair depot can obtain them. Just to name a few.
You want to complain about Apple, pick one of the hundreds of legitimate issues to complain about; not some hyperbole that just ends up discrediting you instead of Apple.
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