Just what's so special about Apple RAM to justify the crazy price?

Just what's so special about Apple RAM to justify the crazy price?

Summary: Sheesh! What is it about Apple RAM that makes it so ridiculously expensive. $700 to upgrade a 2GB iMac to 4GB. What is this, RAM for millionaires? Is it coated with precious metals and stones and come in a box lined with albino tiger cub fur or something?

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Sheesh!  What is it about Apple RAM that makes it so ridiculously expensive.  $700 to upgrade a 2GB iMac to 4GB.  What is this, RAM for millionaires?  Is it coated with precious metals and stones and come in a box lined with albino tiger cub fur or something?

Seriously, when Dwight Silverman said that Apple charges $850 to upgrade an aluminum iMac to 4 GB when configuring a new unit, I thought he'd had too much mulled wine over the Holidays, but no, he's right - an upgrade will set you back $850 notes.  Then I thought that this must be some kind of mistake, and that other systems are offered with more sensibly priced RAM upgrades - nope.  It doesn't matter what you seem to start with, memory upgrades are insanely priced compared to what they should be across the board.  For example, 4GB of iMac compatible RAM from Crucial is a reasonable $150.  There's cheaper RAM available, but I've leaned that when it comes to RAM, buy cheap usually means buy twice.

But if you think that's insane, check out the Mac Pro.  An 16GB Mac Pro costs a whopping $4,500 above the base price of $2,499.  The same amount of RAM from Crucial is only $1,420.  Sure, 16GB of RAM is a bit extreme, but I really can't for the life of me figure out what the extra $3,000 buys you (factoring in $80 for fitting the RAM, with again, is crazy).   

Just whatÂ’s so special about Apple RAM to justify the crazy price? 

I've taken a quick look at the prices that Apple charge for other upgrades, and while they're high, they're the usual "OEM high" that you expect, but nothing else seems as stratospherically priced as Apple RAM.

Ridiculous.

Topics: Hardware, Apple, Processors

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  • Always been the case

    Sometimes I get the idea that Apple really doesn't want to seel the extra installed RAM. It's the only reason I can think of for the rediculous prices.

    Luckily, Apple usually makes it relatively easy to install RAM (Mini excluded). Another way to get RAM installed cheaper is to buy from some of the Mac online sellers. It"s not uncommon to see big RAM upgrades for very modest cost.
    j.m.galvin
    • Maybe

      [i]Sometimes I get the idea that Apple really doesn't want to seel the extra installed RAM. It's the only reason I can think of for the rediculous prices.[/i]

      Maybe, then again maybe it's that the most often upgraded part is the RAM. So why not make a large profit on what you sell most?

      Though I'd also think most people can, or know someone who can, install additional RAM after they purchase the Mac.
      Badgered
    • I agree

      This in not a business they want to be in, so make people go elsewhere. Even when I
      purchase at a retail store, the people suggest I purchase extra memory elsewhere.
      cashaww
    • Typical Apple

      Most nontechically minded don't know that RAM is one way to extend the useful life of a PC. Apple has their customers largely conditioned to not thinking of upgrades to existing hardware. If they make the RAM affordable, many customers will order it whereas they almost assuredly won't upgrade themselves. Thus they will buy the next overpriced Apple PC instead. Apple makes money. Plus most will never figure out how inexpensive RAM actually is and assume that all RAM is expensive. Typical Apple manipulation of their customers/ taking advantage of their customers' trust and lack of knowledge.
      Sonny Maou
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      ýlysdexia
  • Cheap Ram

    Actually, Crucial Ram is pretty rock solid ram. I've had less problems with Micron ram than any other brand. (Crucial is the sales arm of Micron.)

    That being said, $850 for a ram upgrade is insane. Plus since Macs are now using the same Intel based architecture as PC's I imagine the Ram is probably the same exact ram you would find in your run of the mill PC.

    Is it just me or does it seem like Apple is starting to treat it's Fan base in the same way the RIAA treats its customers?
    gcolby
    • Now wait a minute...

      they are not suing their customers yet for buying ram elsewhere !!!!
      mrOSX
      • lol, I like that you included the "yet" (NT)

        .
        Badgered
      • The way things are going....

        ...they might just do that :p
        ing.chatboy@...
    • Since day 1 of the Apple online store

      The prices for extra RAM have been ludicrous.

      At the same time Apple led the way in easy access to RAM slots. The little door on eMacs and iMacs, the drop down side on Powermacs, & the no tool lift off keyboard on the iBook all made it quite easy to add RAM.

      It all makes you think that Apple would just as soon never sell extra installed RAM but, if somebody really wants it, they'll oblige - at a high proce.
      j.m.galvin
    • RE: Just what's so special about Apple RAM to justify the crazy price?

      I've tried all of the Mac RAM vendors, and I keep coming back to Ramjet (macmemory.com). Being Mac focused, they know more about the upgrades than Crucial, and they carry some of the more specialized RAM modules (6GB MacBook kits) that Crucial does not.
      MacAdminX
  • RE: Just what's so special about Apple RAM to justify the crazy price?

    This is exactly the reason. Apple cannot be mass consumer products company. It will always remain the high end niche player.

    People like google and msft will take the coolness from apple to the market.
    njuneja
  • RE: Just what's so special about Apple RAM to justify the crazy price?

    Nothing. Which is why I just ordered another 2 GB for my Mac Pro from Crucial
    gfeier
    • Try Other World Computing...

      I've gotten very good deals from OWC. I always order my Mac's with the minimum RAM and buy separately from OWC. If you're afraid of doing it yourself, you should be able to find a friend or associate who can do it for you, It's not rocket science after all. The only exception is the Mac mini, what a pain in the arse.
      gtdworak
      • Agreed

        OWC is a class outfit with superb prices, excellent and knowledgable service, and top quality products.
        j.m.galvin
        • OWC is good, but...

          ...I've been ordering my RAM from Crucial for a LONG time and I've never had a problem, so inertia wins.
          gfeier
      • Remember the 8500?

        Now that was a pain! It was so bad that someone produced t-shirts for those few who successfully upgraded the RAM. I did it twice.
        gfeier
  • You'd have thunk this new to Apple?

    Not!! Actually this has been one of my disappointments when it comes to Apple over the years. They're bloody cheap when it comes to RAM. :-(
    Arm A. Geddon
  • Because they can

    Easier to do that with a closed architecture than with an open one.
    John L. Ries
    • Not so closed any more...

      [b]Easier to do that with a closed architecture than with an open one. [/b]

      Except since Apple went with Intel chips on board, there really shouldn't be much, if ANY difference between a stick destined for a Windows box and one going into a Mac. If they stuck with the PPC platform, then yes, I can see prices for RAM being astronmical. Low demand almost always = high prices.
      Wolfie2K3