Often Macs have a higher initial purchase price, though this has become less of an issue over the last several years, especially on the high end. In fact many times these days Mac portables and PowerMacs actually have a lower cost than equivalent PCs. (Equivalent being the key word here. A PowerMac G5 can not be compared to a bargain consumer PC)

However, all the studies I've seen (and no, they weren't all paid for by Apple) show that Macs are significantly less expensive when you look at the total cost of ownership over the life of the computer, and that ultimately Macs give you a higher return on investment.

Jeremy Stoller
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