normalizing envy

I love love love my new iPhone. Ran out and got it as soon as the price dropped. I’ve refrained from commenting on it, because I would have had to comment also on the emotional infants who cried foul that I and my cautious brethren paid $200 less in the fall than the first-on-their-block types paid in the spring. I wasn’t in the mood to spew bile in the blog, so I kept my comments to myself — or rather, I kept them to my long-suffering friends who get to know what I’m thinking whether or not I blog about it.

But I thought Anthony Gregory’s comments on the LRC blog were so perfect that I had to share them:

I think it’s great that Apple is giving a rebate. But I can’t see how so many people can complain. They paid a price for something they wanted, and got it. If they were satisfied customers then, why not now? How was the iPhone made retroactively worth less to these people to have two months ago than it was two months ago? I mean, sure, they have a right to complain to companies they buy from as a general rule, and I suppose it has worked in this case. But I just don’t get it.

In fact, let’s say I bought it right when the price dropped. Can I complain, now, too? “Hey! I bought this thinking I was getting it for $200 less than the first people got it. I want a rebate too! You’ve lessened the value of our deal by reducing the price for others!” Bah.


4 Responses to normalizing envy

  1. Preach on my brother! The sin of envy is normal but is not the way. And we have scriptural reinforcement in our sermon, apparently, in Matthew 20 1-16.

  2. Mike says:

    Whiners indeed. iPhones aren’t available in Canada at any price. And even if I got one, I couldn’t use it on any of our carriers.

    I’d happily pay $500 if I could get one that worked…

  3. darkbhudda says:

    Back in the 80s in Australia interest rates skyrocketed. People who had taken variable rate home loans were demanding those who had fixed rate loans, capped at 2% or more greater than the then current variable rate, be penalised for their foresight. It wasn’t “fair” that they were paying less. Funny, I don’t remember them complaining when they were paying less themselves.

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