Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC)

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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

The power of addiction to a mobile phone exceeds that of a heroin addict; it's drug dealer economics. Jones'ing for keeping up with the Jone's.

Apr 11, 2020 11:28 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate


Many people use their cell phone only and do not own a computer. 


Apr 11, 2020 11:35 AM
Karen Climer
Demetree School of Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Teaching people to pass the real estate exam

You aren't exactly comparing Apples to Apples (pun intended).  The price of an iphone goes up.  The price of an Apple laptop (Macbook) goes up.  There is one company that makes those products, so they continue to raise the price.

The price of Windows computers goes down because there are many manufacturers.

Apr 11, 2020 03:10 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Many years ago as I was graduating from high school, I remember Texas Instruments with a "state of the art" calculator I was in "awe".  The cost was relatively high as I recall and today calculators can be found on a peg at the grocery store in the check-out line with far more power at practically pennies in comparison.  Why?  Because they can. . . 

Apr 11, 2020 11:46 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I have the pro11.  The reason the price went up is because there are additional features including a special fusion chip that takes incredible photos.  It has a whole camera system/video built in to it...and I got mine for less because my former phone was a traded in and that was valued at $400. A

Apr 11, 2020 10:39 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

It's called the law of supply and demand.

Apr 11, 2020 10:36 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Because cell/smartphones are in high demand and the movement is to doing everything on that phone. If people would be disciplined and revolt by not purchasing then prices would drop BUT, me thinks that has a prayers chance in hell of happening

Apr 12, 2020 07:07 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Because people are sheep and will happily fork over thousands of dollars for the latest iThing to come out of Cupertino, regardless of if it's cutting edge or not.  Apple knows this and keeps the prices high because of it.

Apr 11, 2020 01:39 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It's all about demand and what the market will bear, I think.

Apr 11, 2020 01:03 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Probably because almost everyone has a cell phone (or wants one), so there is still a lot of demand for better and best cell phones. Lap tops? Meh.

Apr 11, 2020 11:26 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

There are plenty of smart phones that are significantly cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy, and the I-phone's latest offerings.

But consumers really like those high-end machines (whether warranted, or not)... Samsung and Apple have built a brand that can demand those kind of prices.  It's not based on burden-rate, it's simply because they "can".

Apr 11, 2020 11:22 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

The REAL consumer, which is not us old folk, place a premium on MOBILITY.

These folks define mobility as, "It must fit in the back pocket of the jeans."


Apr 12, 2020 05:51 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I thought the 7+ was expensive. Not looking to upgrade anytime soon!

Apr 12, 2020 05:14 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have many clients that do not own a computer, use their work computers if needed.

Apr 11, 2020 12:24 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

This cannot last and reminds me of different pricing found for same items. 

Apr 11, 2020 11:54 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Because people are still buying and are apparently willing to pay the price. Can you live without your smart phone?

Apr 11, 2020 11:38 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

haha good question Paul!

Apr 11, 2020 11:07 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

actually my macbook pro costs more than the iPhone and I wouldn't buy any other brand of laptop again.  It's a workhorse with some age on it and still lightening fast and never crashed.

Apr 12, 2020 10:19 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Try living without your iPhone.

Apr 12, 2020 01:53 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

yes, it makes you wonder doesn't it. The newest stuff is the most expensive. Have to pay for all those nice features at we really don't need. Now it's 2 cameras front & back - wow, double pictures. We will use it for what?

Apr 12, 2020 07:11 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Because they got you, one maker, one product, no competition and everyone wants one. 

Apr 12, 2020 06:01 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

You are reminding me that it is probably time for me to upgrade my phone. Argh!

Apr 13, 2020 07:25 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Cell phones are mini computers that are making many other devices redundant.... maybe that's why?


Apr 13, 2020 05:33 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Because they can and people will line up around the block to buy it.  I have never understood the need to have the latest and greatest in cell phones.  In fact, I buy a few generations behind.  

Apr 12, 2020 10:38 AM
Sharon Miller
RE/MAX Platinum - Crane Hill, AL

I purchased an Apple SE cellphone two year's ago for $215.00 at Walmart. Has the 'guts" of an IPhone 7, including the upgraded camera! My Dell Desktop becomes more problematic as the month's go by. It's almost easier to "print" or forward document's using the SE than firing up the Dell and waiting for the system to "warm up"!

May 10, 2020 07:59 AM