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MSFT Edits Laptop Hunter Ad at Apple's Request

One of the big stories to come out of Microsoft's Partners Conference in New Orleans last week was the fact that the company's Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner told attendees that a representative for Apple's legal team had called him and asked that the company stop airing the Laptop Hunters series of TV spots.

Turner called it the single greatest phone call of his life and said that rather than stopping them, Microsoft was going to keep running them and running them and running them. However, it seems Microsoft has actually tweaked the advertisements a little in order to better reflect Apple's prices.

The reason Apple wanted the ads off the air was because it had since dropped its prices. Understandably, it didn't want potential customers thinking its laptops were more expensive than they actually were. AdAge today reports that Microsoft has edited at least one of the adverts in which a girl named Lauren (not red-headed Lauren, but the blonde Lauren) stated that a specific model of MacBook was $2,000 before you added anything on.

In the original, Lauren's mother went on to ask, "Why would you pay twice the price?" to which Lauren answered, "I wouldn't." It seems Microsoft has edited out that whole segment and replaced it with Lauren's declaration of, "It seems like you pay a lot for the brand..."

Microsoft has removed the old version of the video and replaced it with the new, edited version. Check it out below.

  • dman3k
    Ha, so it's true after all!

    Boycott Apple and Foxconn!
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  • Aoster87
    Anything to shut up the snobby Mac guy from the "Hello I'm a Mac" commercials.
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  • jerther
    "It seems like you pay a lot for the brand..."
    Which is, IMHO, not false at all... and an even better statement than the previous one :)
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  • IronRyan21
    Dude its a Dell!!!!
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  • Upendra09
    Dell sucks!!!
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  • compulsionnra
    aoster87Anything to shut up the snobby Mac guy from the "Hello I'm a Mac" commercials.
    I also loathe those commercials. They are pretty much entirely lies or distorted statements.
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  • eddieroolz
    aoster87Anything to shut up the snobby Mac guy from the "Hello I'm a Mac" commercials.
    +1
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  • christop
    Dell sucks
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  • son_of_the_kiss
    realize that macs don't have system crashes as often, and if you looked up the parts Apple use you'd get roughly the same price, which begs the question, what do the PC manufacture's use?
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  • dman3k
    son_of_the_kissif you looked up the parts Apple use you'd get roughly the same price, which begs the question, what do the PC manufacture's use?This myth has been busted many times. Do we have to do this again?

    Let's use the MacBook's cheapest offering for example.

    http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/specs-13inch.html

    http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:category.details?current-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087&current-category-id=8EFAD587E2724C6D8A32A8D5048982CF

    Oh, and Lenovo regular has extra coupon code discounts. Last week, these Lenovo offerings had an extra $160 discount on top of the online discount.

    Oh, it hurts, doesn't it, Apple fanbois?
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