Lately, I've been talking with some friends and coworkers about computer buying and the rules we always set for ourselves. Most of my friends and coworkers are the type who buy the latest greatest PowerBook or MacBook Pro and often look at me weird because of how and what I buy. See, I have trouble spending more than $1500 on a computer (not counting applecare, extras, or whatnot). Over the years, I've always stuck with the $1500 model that Apple offered. Be it the dual USB iBook with DVD-ROM drive in 2001, the 12" 867mhz PowerBook G4 with combo drive in 2003, the new $999 iBook G4 1.2 ghz 12" in late 2004, the pre owned 15" PowerBook G4 in 2005 (the extra space was nice), and now the new 13" black macbook 2.0 in 2006.
I've always been of the mind that I'm going to lose money irregardless on any computer, but when you buy at $1000-$1500, the depreciation isn't as dramatic when it comes time to trade in. The most I've ever lost on any of these machines was $500 (after 18 months of use). Perhaps when I can get a 2.0 ghz 15" MacBook Pro for under $1500, I'll consider it, but that's gonna be a while, and by then the lowly MacBook will be better equipped.
Am I wrong for having this viewpoint?