You can’t make this stuff up. You just can’t.

From Kevin Turner's speech, referencing our "Laptop Hunter" ads,  at our Worldwide Partner Conference:

And so we've been running these PC value ads. Just giving people saying, hey, what are you looking to spend? "Oh, I'm looking to spend less than $1,000." Well we'll give you $1,000. Go in and look and see what you can buy. And they come out and they just show them. Those are completely unscripted commercials.

And you know why I know they're working? Because two weeks ago we got a call from the Apple legal department saying, hey -- this is a true story -- saying, "Hey, you need to stop running those ads, we lowered our prices." They took like $100 off or something. It was the greatest single phone call in the history that I've ever taken in business. (Applause.)

I did cartwheels down the hallway. At first I said, "Is this a joke? Who are you?" Not understanding what an opportunity. And so we're just going to keep running them and running them and running them.  

If I could make this stuff up, I would have a brilliant career in Hollywood. When I heard about this I was literally LOL-ing. And then I was like "Wait...what? This cannot be true!" (check the price of a Mac)  .And yet it is. And I am kinda thinking about doing cartwheels down the hallway myself. Because it is so damn ridiculous. I hope Apple calls me and tell me to stop recruiting their people.

(Article tip: CNET)

Comments (4)

  1. David K says:

    In case you didn’t read, this is mostly about MS-Google and not MS-Apple, but still good stuff:

  2. HeatherLeigh says:

    Good link, David K. Thanks for posting it. Cringely is a bit of a conspiracy theorist and nay-sayer, and can’t decide whether either company care about beating the other in our "non-core" businesses (quotes mine). I figure that if he knew how it was all going to turn out, he’d be a very rich man living on a tropical island where cars are fueled by hazlenuts.

  3. Bad_Brad says:

    On those “unscripted” laptop commercials, didn’t it come out that the first one with the red-headed gal (can’t remember her name, doesn’t matter, probably wasn’t her real name anyway) was 100% scripted and that the gal was a professional actress?

  4. HeatherLeigh says:

    I heard a rumor that she was an actress but nothing about scripting. What I heard is that she had acted in something before, but wasn’t hired as an actress for the shoot. Incidentally, I am a great waitress. OK, that’s a lie. I’m a waitress.

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