Computerworld discovers what you already knew: yes, Virginia, on average, Macs don’t actually cost more.*
It’s just that:
A) Apple is a quality brand. eMachines, etc., aren’t.
B) Apple doesn’t make as many models as all the other PC makers combined.
It’s absurd we keep having to go through this exercise, but this is good. This is progress.
It should take only another 15-20 years for this particular piece of erroneous conventional wisdom to be drained from the fetid brain pan of public consciousness.
The Macalope is assuming your name is Virginia. Your name may not actually be Virginia, but the point still remains.