For about a week, a friend and I have been debating in email the finer points of Mac pricing vs. PC pricing. I argued that PCs are commodity machines and will always be cheaper unless the configuration is exactly what Apple configures them at, since they have control over their own volume pricing. He argued that Macs are better price for the quality. I argued that no one pays full price for Dell. Blah blah blah, yada yada yada.
Then I just realized something: Macs should be cheaper. That's right! They should be cheaper because you can't do as much with them as you can with a PC. They're not the standard. Macs are not the platform that 90% of the world's custom software is written for, or run office on, or play games on. They don't even come with a 2 button mouse or Windows pre-installed.
According to my calculations, about 73.4% of my daily work can't be done on a Mac. At home, 26.7% of my leisure time can't be done on a Mac (games and Xbox media connect). Averaging those out, I should only have to pay about 57.5% for a Mac as I would for a PC. But does a Mac cost that? No. Actually, it costs nearly the same or more as most PCs I'd buy. Ergo, the Mac is not worth it. Quod erat demonstrandum.
ps - Most of this is meant to be a joke, but it is true that I feel I'd get more done with Windows.