Re: Reasonably priced Mac Pro
You are wrong on a few points.
Build quality is decent. Most of the Macs I see are still useable after 3-5 years. PC laptops are about 3 years tops. (Yes Mac repairability sucks.)
Most Macs are retired because Apple releases a new OS version that make it too slow.
Those overpriced fanboy machines. They actually sell for those prices. (At least local to me they do.)
Apple does offer a buy-back plan, but I seriously doubt anyone uses it. They really don't pay well for the hardware.
Personally I am done with Apple. No RAM upgrades is a total dealbreaker for me.
My new Linux'ed up Thinkpad is pretty sweet. But I accept it lacks any style.