How to avoid the Apple tax?

Derek Broughton news at
Fri Aug 31 23:35:18 UTC 2007

Brad Johnson wrote:

>> Excuse me, the only falsehoods here are from people who know nothing
>> about
>> law or manufacturing.  Apple is _still_ a hardware maker.  How has their
>> status as a manufacturer changed by moving from a Motorola based platform
>> to an Intel one?
> It hasn't changed. Apple, now and before the platform switch, puts
> commodity parts in a proprietary case just like Dell. What is odd is
> people call Apple a "manufacturer" while calling Dell a "system
> builder", go figure.

LOL.  After posting that, I thought I should have said "just as Dell is a
manufacturer" :-)  It's entirely possible that neither one of them ever
puts together a single machine in their own plants, but imo that doesn't
prevent them being considered manufacturers.

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