Apple and Google Are Accused Of Ripping Off Customers

/ 3 years ago

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Apple and its rival Google have been accused of ripping off consumers by charging a 1000% mark-up for extra storage on tablets. This does not come as a surprise, at least not on Apple’s side, where the company has been rumored to overcharge customers for years.

According to Fuzilla via Which, tablet manufacturers can buy Flash storage at a market price of £5.95 for 16GB. However, consumers who purchase a 32GB iPad Air will have to pay £80 more than they would for the 16GB version. Google charges an extra £70 to increase the memory on its Nexus 10 from 16GB to 32GB, and Amazon charges £40 for the same storage increase on its Kindle Fire HDX 8.9.


Which described the pricing as “outrageous” and advised potential customers to buy a tablet with an SD or microSD slot and add a memory card for a fraction of the cost. They also pointed out that the amount of storage space advertised with the device does not represent the amount of space available for the customer’s information stored on the flash drive.

To better describe the spacing advertised compared to the available space, an example was given such as the 16GB Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, which has only 10GB left for users’ files after the operating systems and built-in apps are taken into account.

Thank you “”>Fudzilla for providing us with this information
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  • Rashad

    This has been a long-standing scam. I’m just glad Cloud storage has matured enough that basic amounts of internal storage are quite sufficient.

    • Dionm

      heh there is no such thing as the “cloud” its a silly marketing term… we’ve had internet servers to backup our data for years…

      • Alistair Hardy

        but the services for easily available online storage have only recently taken off properly.
        DropBox was ahead of the game, now it seems almost every big player has an equivalent.

  • Gideon

    They have to give some logical reasoning to pick up the lower gigabyte version… how much do you think people would complain if they realized the manufacturing price of an Ipad is under half of what you pay for it?

  • Skidmarks

    It’s old news. As long people are are happy to be extorted, they’ll simply carry on.

  • Alistair Hardy

    Everyone who was in the tech industry knew about this already.
    it’s good that it’s being highlighted properly now though
    I don’t know who started the trend, but it showed that the idea worked (i was to say apple but i don’t know)
    it’s the same with the consoles, with M$ showing Sony that people would pay to play online, Sony (now $ony) has now followed suite with the PS4.

  • Jeppe Carlsen

    There’s a reason Apple don’t have a slot for SD cards, forcing their zombies to buy the insanely pricey one.