Orbitz Shows Mac Users Higher-Priced Hotel Rooms Than Windows Users

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meyerma

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Kinetic

"Orbitz Shows Mac Users Higher-Priced Hotel Rooms Than Windows Users"

"...when Windows users decide to step up from the hovels they're apparently staying in to make a reservation at a hotel that both Windows and Mac users frequent, the Mac users usually stay in the nicer suites."

Well it's good to know that we're ALL being played...

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Baer

Double post, sorry

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Baer

That is because Apple users are used to overpaying for goods and services. Orbitz as well as other companies realize this and will take advantage of it.

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warptek2010

Most PC enthusiasts complaints about Macs and Apple in general have nothing to do with the actual hardware. I for one have nothing against the hardware. It works. It's aesthetically pleasing etc... Our complaints have to do more with the companies philosophy behind the products when compared to the what used to be called the "IBM/PC" open standards philosophy. (And most model DELL, HP etc... PC's tend to fall into this dilemma too). When you tie hardware AND software together into proprietary standards you basically enslave the customer. Then of course you can charge whatever you want for a 1TB hard drive. This situation was alleviated somewhat when they started using Intel hardware I know, but the 'stink' of this design philosophy for many is still there.

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HenryT

People who buy Macs are probably in general more concerned about appearance, image, etc. Even if you evened out all other factors, like how much was paid for the computer, income level, etc., I bet Mac users are more likely to be interested in a "higher class" hotel. One that has more polish or better name brand.

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LatiosXT

So what's it like for Linux users?

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Jox

You are expected to build your own room.

-Jox

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USraging

Yea, instead of getting directed to less classy rooms you get redirected to blue prints that may, or may not work.

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Baer

Excellent and really funny reply.

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Typo91

the flawless comment

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LatiosXT

I'm assuming the blueprints are open source?

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Mortal_M

You just made my day!

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airspoon

What's the big deal? Mac users are willing to pay more for nicer rooms at nicer hotels, just as they are willing to pay more for nicer computers. It's not much different than people who drive Mercedes or Porsche. I'm sure that if a study was done, we would also find out that people who drive Ferrari or Porsche also spend more money on nicer hotels than people who drive Ford or Chevy compact vehicles (with those people also swearing their Ford or Chevy is better than a Ferrari).

I myself happen to use all three major OS's and I can honestly say that Mac has a much, much better OS than Windows PCs and runs on far better hardware. I'm forced to use Windows at work, though at home I run Linux on my desktop and OSX on my laptop. I would say that Linux and OSX are about equal to each other, though they both excel at different things. Windows is just plain dirty and can't compare to either Linux or Mac. When you switch from Windows to Linux or Mac, you finally realize how flawed, clunky, inefficient, subpar and cheap Windows really is. It's just that Windows users are used to this, so they kind of block it out, from my experience anyway. Until then, people will just keep jealously griping about how Mac stinks because they don't have one.

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bling581

"It's not much different than people who drive Mercedes or Porsche."

Except it IS different because a Mercedes or Porsche are actually better than your average car. Macs are nothing spectacular, they simply make them look pretty and then charge a premium because they know people will pay it and don't know any better.

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ness64

If you say Macs are nicer computers, why are you even on Maximum PC?

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PCWonder

Good question.

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Engelsstaub

Here's the best answer from my point of view:

Not everyone who uses a Mac hates Windows PCs. Get ready for this: some of us use both. I know for a fact that not every PC user hates Macs (and/or worse/stupider; the people who do use them.) Some of us just don't see this as some big stupid game of footy between major corporations. Or some epic Star Wars struggle over nothing of importance.

I read MPC because I like learning about PCs/builds for gaming and such, staying on top of things in the PC-world, and I help my friends who don't use Macs. That's almost all of them if you haven't guessed by OS marketshare. I can only think of one person in my life that knows more about Widows than I do and I rarely use it these days.

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super_duper

Woohoo, I'm not alone.

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Typo91

so its probably safe to say, sexual orientation and gaming tendencies are no mystery here.

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CHR15x94

You've got a point that so many MaxPC readers seem to miss. Most people running a Windows PC are not running something nearly as nice as the majority of us users here do. They're running the $500 Wal-Mart special, piece of shit they bought three years ago, and chances are, they don't have a hell of a lot of money. People who buy Macs most likely do.

That's not to say all PC users are poor, or all Mac users are rich, but statistically speaking, Mac people probably do make more money than the average Windows PC user does, and are going to indulge more on a nicer hotel room, car, or whatever.

That being said, saying that Mac hardware is any better than an equally or similarly priced PC is just wrong IMO.

Apple is one of those brands that the average Joe associates with luxury or high end. Much like Porsche, or Monster/Beats by Dre, Bose, etc. Do these brands all make good products? Yeah, sure. Are they the best thing out there, or are they priced where they should be according to their performance? Hell no.

Most people don't know any better (or in many cases, really don't care). All they want is something that looks nice, their friends think is cool, and performs well.

That's where enthusiast sites like this come in. For whatever reason, we actually care about having the best (or the best in our price range) and hate seeing people buy into these brands, thinking they're the best, when in reality they're not. (And it's especially annoying when people tout these brands as being better than stuff we choose, especially when you can simply do the math to find out how wrong that assumption is).

Anyway, hopefully I got my point across. I'm too tired to write anymore, and it's long enough. And I'm sure I'm coming off as an ass, sorry for that, but talking about how much better Mac hardware is than a PC on a PC enthusiast site it just asking for it.

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PCWonder

"That's not to say all PC users are poor, or all Mac users are rich, but statistically speaking, Mac people probably do make more money than the average Windows PC user does, and are going to indulge more on a nicer hotel room, car, or whatever."

I would like to see this data.

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Mortal_M

Holly shit CHR15x94, you where able to take all these ideas in my mind and put them in perfectly writing (with no fanboism of any sort, hard to do), that was awesome and well said.
I think I'm going to quote you on this in the future!

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Engelsstaub

Telling some of these commentators (who think that someone's product choices defines them as a human being) that they'll see the light "when they switch from Windows to Linux or Mac" is really not that different than their asinine sweeping generalizations about anyone who uses a Mac. It assumes too much about other people and their personal preferences.

Just saying...it's not really helping to foster any sort of understanding and respect between people who are invested in either platform.

I've honestly had nearly as many problems with OS X as I had with Windows. I just tend to use my Mac more because I have thousands of dollars in professional software on that platform. Do I like OS X better than Windows 7? Yes. Do I hate Windows 7 or its loyal user base? No. (I am however frustrated by the number of Windows users in my life that I have to play free tech support for. Ironic when you think about many of the commentators on this website who say things like "all Mac users are stupid" not knowing one of us while I deal with real people in person from "their world" on a weekly basis.)

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tugboat_2

Yeah, about those comments concerning your Apples's superior hardware, I think you may fall into one of 3 catagories.

1. You are to lazy/ignorant/stupid to care and thus never bothered any research past Apple brochures/webpages or tongue in cheek comments from other like minded Apple owners.

2. You are one of many Apple owners that have come to learn the truth but are to embarrassed to admit it. Thus you hide behind the Apple party line. And try to over-shout everyone else trying to impress all with your to cool tech savy wisdom.

3. You were born yesterday and have not left mommy and daddy's protection. Thus have not had to make your own decisions based on your own research knowing your on your own if you make the wrong choices. Indeed you may not even be aware of the world arround you yet.

Here's a little hint Apple hasn't had their own hardware in years. There is nothing in their rigs/devices that wasn't invented elsewhere and or been in use in the PC world for years.

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captainjack

Scratch off number three. I'm not yet out of my parents protection and I know enough about hardware and pricing to not pick a mac.

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Archtard

I just priced a mac pro with a hardware set up equivalent to my current setup. And my computer is a year old.

Mac = $4,124.00
My PC = $1,600.00

That superior OS better make me pancakes in the morning.

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Typo91

Enthusiast board > Workstation board

For a user with a single CPU Xeon is just a bigger price tag, little or no performance gain what so ever. (sure maybe if you are gona have 2 or 4 CPUS)

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Deanjo

Hardware list on your "equivelent" system. Bet you are not even close in specs. Your system is probably running unregistered ram, not using xeons, enthusiast board instead of a workstation class board etc...

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damicatz

It still counts because you can't get a Mac Pro without all of that useless nonsense and there is no other Mac model that can match the specs of an enthusiast PC.

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livebriand

It's still not THAT big of a difference. For instance, the RAM is about double (say $80 instead of $40 for 8GB), the CPU is about the same (ex. the Xeon E3-1230 is almost the same price as the 3570K and has similar specs), the power supply is a bit more, etc. I still think the Mac Pros are a ripoff, even if some of the hardware is higher quality than a typical enthusiast's computer.

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winmaster

I love all of the comments that are saying things like "of course Mac users pay less for more..." While I don't like Mac users, this would've been a good article to try Ars Technica's "bananas" test.

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aarcane

We need to replace client ID strings in HTTP with client Capability tags or something similar. "I support HTML5, I support Javascript, I support Flash, etc." with no version or other host information.

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Engelsstaub

Macs are (rightly or not) marketed as a luxury brand. Stands to reason that once in a while some unscrupulous f__ks like this would try to take advantage of that.

Same as if someone pulls up in their over-engineered Mercedes with windshield wipers on the headlights. Eventually someone's going to charge them more for valet parking. Nothing new under the sun.

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thetechchild

Thing is, it's all (according to them) based on solid statistics. So when they were showing them the cheap ones on the front page, Mac users (on average) were still going for the more expensive ones. All they've down is streamlined it so that the first result is the one that the customer likely wants most, and it's not like you can blame them for profiteering.

It's not even all that dishonest. If you look hard you can still find the cheaper options, and whether you're using Mac/Windows is A) not personally identifiable and B) info that your browser freely hands out to every site you visit. They're not sorting people by ethnicity and income or anything (yet).

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Engelsstaub

Fair enough. Point taken.

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Blues22475

Heard this on the news this morning. Kinda made me wonder what other businesses (aside from the obvious ones) are profiling us based on what OS we use? I guess all the rich people use Macs? What does that imply about Linux users though?

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JoeMac3313

That if you go to a site selling neck beard enhancements, be prepared to spend a little extra.

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aarcane

Intelligence.

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Captain_Steve

Went to Orbitz while running Linux and it sent me to couchsurfing.org. This profiling is BS.

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JoeMac3313

I did the same and it kept trying to sell me rooms at B&Bs that specialize in basements and garages.

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Archtard

=P made me laugh, thanks.

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wolfing

They'll probably undo this because it made the news, but they're probably right, makes perfect sense to me. If you're willing to pay $1000 for a $700 computer, it follows that you'd probably be happy to pay $130/night for a $100/night hotel

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B.A.Frayd

Why not? Mac buyers are plenty stupid enough to pay more for less.

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PCWonder

This is the whole point. They figure if someone is stupid enough to pay too much money for an Apple stamped product they'll pay more for the same hotel room a PC user gets for less.

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Engelsstaub

Tell me more.

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BlazePC

I laughed when I saw this covered on local Bay Area news yesterday evening. Question is, what's the result if you search with an Android device? LOL

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Rooke

You get the room over the kitchen that has the back alley view.

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big_montana

"almost half of the Orbitz reservations for a swanky Chicago hotel come from Mac users."

Which means over half of the reservations come from Windows users.

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Eoraptor

Or from a mix of users of Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, and myriad other platforms. Either way, if you don't want to get the shaft, looks like you don't want to book on Mac.

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