Paul S.  Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.)

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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
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Because we are a captive audience? What I do is wait for a new model to come out and when TMobile drops the price of the model before that one to half price, that's when I trade in. I have a free trade in each year. So I'm always one model behind, but it really doesn't make a bit of difference to me.

Sep 12, 2017 03:51 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Because we keep having to have the newest, latest, greatest device - they know they have us hook, line & sinker!

Sep 11, 2017 09:10 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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Consumer demand! Some need the lateest and greatest. Me, mine is old and functioning! So no new one for me!

Sep 12, 2017 05:21 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
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Demand and the fact most are joined at the hip to their phone and not their computer.

Sep 12, 2017 01:20 AM
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Susan McCall, Everyone needs a home
Compass Realty Solutions, Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA - Portland, OR
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I got an amazing phone Samsung J7 for $120 from MetroPCS.  It came with a rebate of $60 which I am still waiting for :(  I also pay $50 for two lines.

 

It you want a new I phone go for it ♥

Sep 12, 2017 12:17 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
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Because they're thieving bastards. The cost to make these phones is ridiculously low. But we don't have much of a choice at this point.

Sep 12, 2017 05:58 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Yeah ... why is that? Iphones are now at the $1K mark.

Sep 12, 2017 05:22 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Because consumers are willing to pay whatever it costs to have the latest and greatest devices. They could ask $1500.00 for the latest I-phone, and there would be a line of people waiting to buy it.

Sep 12, 2017 05:12 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

I'm not an expert on this subject but do you think it has anything to do with less expensive service, ease in ability to change service provider and/or simply "because they can"?   

Sep 12, 2017 04:40 AM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
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I'm always a upgrade or two from the latest and greatest. A phone is a phone is a phone... 

Sep 12, 2017 04:18 AM
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Praful Thakkar
eXp Realty - Andover, MA
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Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®, - the basic rule of economics - demand vs. supply.

Sep 11, 2017 11:48 PM
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Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
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Never thought about it, but great question Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®, .  I'd say "Innovation"

Sep 11, 2017 10:07 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Nina Hollander nailed this one!

Sep 12, 2017 05:28 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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Because they have been subsidized by the providers up until recently. Some still do.

Sep 12, 2017 04:41 AM
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Jay McHugh
SendOutCards-Appreciation Marketing Expert - Boston, MA
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Supply and demand....the demand is always seems to be driven by new options and vendors are smart anough to limit supply that drives up the price....half the folks that buy these phones use less than 30% of the upgrades etc...told to me by my rep....yet they want to hold the latest and greatest.....

Sep 12, 2017 02:18 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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High margin- Apple almost went out of business when Lisa, Mac could not compete with PC.  It can not compete on low end smart phone as their cost is too high.

In 2016 a friend worked at another manufacturer showed me his smart phone has iPhone 8 like stereo camera lens released already. It is a standard know how, people want status will pay any price for the name sake.  I see women realtors showed off their iWatch. Their Louis Vitton purse all made in China.  Americans are obsessed with new gadgets. They adore them.   

Sep 11, 2017 09:38 PM
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Susie Kay
Ultima Real Estate - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

Good question, Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®, !  Just like Nina said, I was looking into purchasing a new phone but it was too pricey so I'm going to hold off and wait until the price is reduced. My phone doesn't have to be the greatest and the latest techno device but it needs to suits my business!

Sep 12, 2017 10:57 AM
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Karen Jones Lewis, MBA, Realtor
K1 Realty Group - Pembroke Pines, FL
Residential for Sellers and Buyers in S. Broward

And not only do they get expensive and too me it should be more user friendly...The carrier needs to pick  up better service..

Sep 12, 2017 10:53 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

It's called "marketing".

Sep 12, 2017 10:10 AM
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
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Actually cell phones are way less expensive than they used to be!

But, now they keep adding upgrades to keep prices higher.  But, the basic phones (esp if you compare apples to apples) are not that expensive.  The last one I got (in August) was only $240.

Also, prices were more hidden before (in the plans) and now are separated.

Sep 12, 2017 09:13 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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The quest for higher profits.

Sep 12, 2017 08:54 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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there are more computer companies and types of computers???

no one can be without a cell phone! I'd like to get the iphone that's $1,000.... I'm ready for a new one anyway.... 

 

Sep 12, 2017 08:19 AM
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Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
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people love showing off. :) 

Sep 12, 2017 08:11 AM
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Corinne Guest, Managing Broker
Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
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Demand. Everyone wants the latest and greatest. Apple computers are the same, up, up and up.

Sep 12, 2017 07:57 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing

I just read a lengthy article on this subject.  The thought behind that is that the phone has become a computer and a TV as well.  A

Sep 12, 2017 07:48 AM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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Because it takes money to make computers that small plusthe companies have succeeded in making us addicted where we have to have them and will pay their prices.

Sep 12, 2017 07:17 AM
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Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

P.T. Barnum: "There's a sucker born every minute."

Sep 12, 2017 06:48 AM
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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
AZuRE Team - Realty ONE Group - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale Real Estate

Surely market demand for sure. But I'll speculate there are more R&D innovations in smaller devices like smartphones than in pc(s) of all sizes with a shorter production life curve.

Sep 12, 2017 06:40 AM
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Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

Because people always want the latest thing and are willing to pay any price for it. My hand-held computer, camera, text machine works just fine. It also has an added phone feature, which is nice

Sep 12, 2017 06:17 AM
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Carol Williams
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I carry insurance and they replace it when it breaks or doesn't function anymore.  It's cheaper than buying a new phone every however often.  :-)  I just got a brand new phone last week for FREE... my favorite price.

Sep 12, 2017 06:13 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Because people are willing to pay it. Stop paying it, then watch prices come down

Sep 12, 2017 05:47 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't know.

Sep 12, 2017 07:49 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386
Realty One Group - Carlsbad, CA
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Because the cell phone companies have themselves convinced we can't live without them

Sep 12, 2017 07:38 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
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Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®, Consumers keep buying them. I heard this morning the new iPhone may cost up to $1,000. I read an article the other day about the new iPhone features. To me it's not worth the upgrade for the limited features.

Sep 12, 2017 06:22 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

As long as they can get that price they will. It is not worth the price however

Sep 12, 2017 06:17 AM
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Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
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Because they can

Sep 17, 2017 10:36 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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I just paid off my I Phone 6S and now they are pushing a I phone 8 that is better,  You have a great point but it is a rack.

Sep 16, 2017 08:38 AM
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Cell phones are higher in demand, the others are wanted, but not NEEDED.

Sep 15, 2017 05:46 PM
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Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula
House Match Inc - Poway, CA
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WE are blinded by the marketing that is Apple.  On that note, do I get the Iphone 8 or the X.  Hmm

Sep 13, 2017 07:35 AM
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I wondered that too. My dad was talking about the most recent phone for $700! We bought our last laptop for like $250...I have not traded in my phone for several years. -Kasey

Sep 13, 2017 06:37 AM
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
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The amount of power in a phone is increasing dramatically and people are moving away from computers altogether. I think we'll see mobile devices capable of replacing computers completely within 10 years.

Sep 13, 2017 04:09 AM
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Bob Crane
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Lack of true competition.

Sep 12, 2017 07:27 PM
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Steven Nickens
Elite Pacific Properties Maui - Wailea, HI
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I get it Paul, kind of pisses me off. Ok since we are at it, printers are a big scam. I bought a printer and you can't refill it at Costco, new ink cartridges $100 really. The printer is getting returned as soon as I run out of ink.

Sep 12, 2017 06:54 PM
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shirley cicero
United Country Ponderosa Realty Associates - Livermore, CO
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RIGHT!!!! Pfft...incredible

Sep 12, 2017 06:48 PM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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Corporate Greed. 

Sep 12, 2017 06:40 PM
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Diana Dahlberg
1 MONTH REALTY - Kenosha, WI
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Now that is a very good question ... and I would guess the answer is:

 

Because we are willing to pay the piper!

Sep 12, 2017 05:51 PM
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Caroline Gerardo
Eagle Home Mortgage, LENNAR HOMES Home Loans - Newport Beach, CA
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I don't. I loved my iphone4 and cried when they told me it couldn't be fixed or replaced last year, so I have a 5

Sep 12, 2017 04:44 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Because people willing to pay that much

Sep 12, 2017 03:28 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
Keller Williams Success Realty - Panama City, FL
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Because people seem to think they take the place of a real computer... which they don't!!!!

Sep 12, 2017 11:33 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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Good question.

Sep 12, 2017 03:58 AM