The amount I paid for a refurbed G3-700MHz iBook last week could have gotten me a brand new G3-800MHz iBook this week. I bought mine right on the edge of a giant pricing tier, eh ngayon nalugi!
That’s how technology goes, I suppose; next thing you know they’ll be hawking iBooks from vending machines (iVend?) for a hundred apiece. Then they’ll get stuck in that coily thing and you’ll have to put in five more $20’s to get two.
The plus side: this makes Apple stuff ever more available to the Wintel masses, since pricing has always been one of the biggest obstacles to Apple’s market dominance.