You have two types of spending, as it was said: show-off/ignorant, and knowledgeful buying. In a Portuguese forum, I heard just recently that an iPhone 4 (unlocked, from store - we have locked and unlocked, legally) is worth 1300 Euros (1650 usd). With most (not all, note) Apple product users, you have the first type of spender. Most of them (and that's pretty good marketing from Apple) want an Apple product. Not "a"/the best phone, or "a"/the best computer, or "a"/the best tampon... they want "the" iPhone, "the" iComputer, and "the" iTampon regardless of what they are as machines. Recently, Acer has presented the Timeline X laptops, and here you can buy a very decent one for 1000 euros. In terms of every single piece of hardware, it beats or matches the iLaptop that costs 1700 euros, and yes, battery time is over 8h. However, it is not a competitor to the iLaptop, because "it" is not an iLaptop. In terms of vacuuming, your expense was astronomical, I've had a 50 euro vacuum for years now, it still works fine. However, if you wanted that machine for vacuuming and those other things it does, it might have been a bagain. It depends on how you bought the item, rather than for how much. There are 10 euro cellphones... I have a 100 euro cellphone. It also makes and receives calls and smss. Was it a bad buy? No, because I use and appreciate all those other things it does.