Sunday, December 19, 2010

Gadget Prices from 2010

Stat Attack: What your favorite Gadgets Really Cost from Men's health Techlust.

This was a pretty interesting article because they list the the cost of materials and production for each gadget and then provide an estimated profit margin. Of course the problem is they don't account for R&D, marketing, distribution, retail, etc. so the costs are a little far off. Also they got the profit margin completely wrong for the iPhone 4 (16GB). They assume that since the phone sells for $200 with a 2 year contract that Apple is only getting $200 per phone. That of course is untrue. Apple is getting around $650 per iPhone, the rest is paid by AT&T which is why the require 2 year contracts to begin.

Check out the costs for your favorite gadgets: (I left out the profit margins)
  • Apple iPod Nano (8GB)
    • Materials and Production: $45.10
  • HTC Droid Incredible
    • Materials and Production: $163.35
  • Nokia N8
    • Materials and Production: $187
  • Blackberry Torch
    • Materials and Production: $183.05
  • Apple iPad (16GB, Wi-Fi)
    • Materials and Production: $257.65
  • Slingbox Solo
    • Materials and Production: $83.60
  • Amazon Kindle (2nd gen.) (older model)
    • Materials and Production: $185.49
  • Apple Mac Mini
    • Materials and Production: $387.14
  • Apple TV
    • Materials and Production: $63.95
  •  Apple iPhone 4 (16GB)
    • Materials and Production: $187.51
  • PlayStation 3
    • Materials and Production: $33

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