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I was in an authorised reseller last year sorting out a MacBook Pro repair, and while I was waiting I overheard one of their staff on the phone discussing an invoice with a reasonably well known financial institution. It was for several million quid. From what was being said, that seemed like a fairly regular sort of amount for them.
I wonder why a "financial institution" was buying quantities of designer computers instead of cheap pc workstations?
I can think of a number of reasons. Here's one.
They buy three thousand MacBook Pro's at a total cost of £2.4 million. After three years they sell them for £350 each, netting them a total residual of just over £1 million - almost 40%.
The alternative is to buy 3000 Dell Latitudes at £600 each (no, big businesses don't but £300 rubbish) - that's £1.8 million - we've saved money! No they haven't! Because after three years, how much would a Dell laptop such as this be worth? I'd be supprised if they received £100 bulk. That's £300,000 total.
So there you have it, the MacBook Pro's have a total residual value of about £1 Million and the Dell's about £300,000. There's not actually much in it when you do the maths. They also get to bring sexy looking laptops to meetings with clients.