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Latest Get a Mac Ad Featuring Patrick Warburton From Seinfeld

Have the Mac vs. PC Ads Jumped the Shark?

Are Apple's long-clever Get a Mac ads no longer clever? They've tried to respond to Microsoft's Laptop Hunters ads via their Hodgman-and-Long two-man show, but the results just feel a little stale. The first attempt was kind of funny, but this one, starring Seinfeld's Patrick Warburton as a slimy PC salesman, just feels stale.

Watch the ad and let me know: has Apple lost its touch with these Mac vs. PC ads? Should it embark on a new concept, or is this ad the latest in a long line of witty commercials?

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stoopeed stoopeed 7 years
I think both have their place. We have both in our house. I've been a Mac girl for a long time but a PC user for longer time before that. PC has its advantages like lower price, more accessibility to supporting programs and games etc. Mac is the only thing I'd trust with my designing software and files. And I say this out of experience. The little ad agency I used to work with earlier used PCs and they would crash all the time. No problems when running the office applications though.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I definitely agree, sy!
syako syako 7 years
Yes. Definitely! But I do think it's nice that if someone wanted a computer and didn't have a grand to spend, they can get that easily (especially with netbooks now), but they might not get the frills of a vaio or a mac, but they will get a working computer.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Flip that around, I guess. Quality affects price.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
With PCs, price really does affect quality. Even my latest HP was $1200 or $1300, but it has a huge HD screen, a fast processor, etc.
syako syako 7 years
Pricey compared to a, say, HP, yes. But not ridiculous. Plus, I'm of the thinking that you get what you pay for. I can't remember what I paid for my first one (more than 1K), and then the second one I got free because I had a replacement plan.
LonelyShifter LonelyShifter 7 years
It's turned into "how many ways can Apple say the same thing over and over again". They were cool in the beginning, and pointed out various ways that they felt Macs were superior, but the most recent ones have been harping on the same topics. If they've run out of ways to make Macs innovative, then they're in trouble.
T-S T-S 7 years
If it's not too bold, were they pricey? Somehow I have it in my head that Vaios are. I definitely like that my computers look sleek. But mostly I like how if I think something should work, it usually does. Like, if I drag a picture into the icon of my photo editor, it launches the editor and opens that picture. The drag and drop power alone still kind of blows me away.
syako syako 7 years
Well I've had two vaio laptops and both were very powerful, gave me little to no problems and the only reason I got a new one was because I broke the screen (oops) on the first one. I like the look of it (I feel they are sleeker than most pcs) and I also like that they come standard with much more (e.g., the graphics cards, processor, etc.). Also, I'm kind of a Sony fanatic, so that might have a little to do with it.
T-S T-S 7 years
Interesting. What do you love about them?
syako syako 7 years
I just want to jump in with a tangent... absolutely love my vaios. ;)
T-S T-S 7 years
I've had issues with Dells, Gateways, Toshibas, IBMs, and eMachines. Though I think my eMachine originally only cost, like $400 for the whole desktop setup, so you get what you pay for I suppose. We've had four Macs in our household. Two have had no issues. I just had the hard drive fail in my laptop, but hard drive failures are basically random and can happen out of the box or ten years later, and Time Machine plus a Time Capsule makes everything automatically backed up all the time. And I just took it to the Apple Store, a nice and attractive young man diagnosed the problem, replaced my hard drive, and I was on my way in an hour. The other one is my four year old iBook, and the only issue it's had was when I put bad RAM in it. Oh, and I broke one of the tabs that pulls the keyboard off. I think I shared this in another thread but when I bought a cord to play videos from my computer on my tv, the guy at the store was warning me I'd have to change all these settings and fiddle with stuff. And of course I plugged it in and it just worked. Like my digital cameras have all just worked, and my printers, external hard drives, etc. Anyways, I am rambling. I'm a fangirl.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Yeah, I've heard of a lot of people who have had bad experiences with Dells. I've usually had HPs (and a random Tangent) and have never had one stop working; I've always just eventually wanted to update.
T-S T-S 7 years
I'm sure there's anecdotal evidence for either side. My experience has been that Apple laptops last five years plus, whereas most PC laptops have a life of two or three years. (In general. I'm sure there are people with older PC laptops and Macs that had some huge issue out of the box, some things like hard drive failure are just random.) There's more of a range of quality for PCs since there are more manufacturers and the software and hardware are made by different companies.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I've had a few Macs and a few PCs and, hands down, the PCs have been better. I had countless problems with not one, but two MACs in a row. And they certainly didn't last longer than my PC; I had a PC for 8 years; it was actually still running well, I just wanted to upgrade/update. And Anon #15, I think Geek knows that these ads were out first. But, Apple made some specific ads (within this campaign) to combat the PC ads.
Booked Booked 7 years
First let me say - I have loved the commercials until this one. It is Lame! But before that they were cute. (maybe I just think the Mac guy is cute?) I am a PC - BUT if MAC lowered their prices I would get one. Last year my PC finally died completely after 4 years of heavy use and a bouncing trip across my patio (how if lasted that long after that horrible incident I don't know). I decided I was going to get a Mac this time around - but I had a firm budget and I could not find even one Mac Laptop within my budget so I got another PC. It's a shame that they do not make the Mac's more accessible to the masses who are on a budget.
kiwigeek kiwigeek 7 years
snore. This run of ads has never taught me anything that makes the mac trump the pc other than the lack of virus' it has. I'm not saying macs suck - I've got one- but these ads are starting to get just a leeetle bit repetitive.
T-S T-S 7 years
PS I was surprised not to see a post about Snow Leopard being released yesterday! I just installed it on my iMac. Everything is running faster and it freed up 18 gigs on my hard drive. Sweet.
T-S T-S 7 years
"Apple doesn't have a good comeback for the PC hunter ads." Except that Macs work better and last way longer. This ad wasn't as clever as some of the others, though.
Foxy-Frazee Foxy-Frazee 7 years
Jumped the shark? more like whale I've been a PC user for years and never had a virus and I agree with one of the posters if viruses is the only thing apple can throw at us for buying there product then maybe they should rethink there ads and maybe.....I don't know.....lower there prices to make them more competitive. Not everyone is into Macs
eneriyma eneriyma 7 years
These jumped the shark a few years ago. Time to put this concept on the shelf and move on.
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