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2022-05-29 02:27:15 By : Mr. daniel du

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By Jorge Jimenez published 22 October 21

The Apple Polishing Cloth is back-ordered 10-12 weeks.

This week Apple announced a bunch of new Macbook Pro laptops with their scary powerful M1 Max chips, which Apple claims can keep pace with Nvidia's RTX 3080 graphics cards (opens in new tab) . While impressive as that news is, it's a different Apple product announcement that's been occupying my waking thoughts. 

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The Apple Polishing Cloth (opens in new tab) is an Apple-branded microfiber cloth it's selling for a whopping $19. Now, Apple is no stranger to selling its own accessories at a premium (opens in new tab) , but a $19 microfiber cloth is beyond egregious. What's even more flummoxing is these things are selling like hotcakes. So much so that there's a 10-12 week wait on all online orders.  

The product listing for the Apple Polishing Cloth says the following: 

"Made with soft, non-abrasive material, the Polishing Cloth cleans any Apple display, including nano-texture glass, safely and effectively."

That's a microfiber cloth, everyone. Amazon sells a pack of 24 for $12 (opens in new tab) , and they come in a bunch of colors like blue, pink, and green. Apple's only comes in white. That's basically around $.50 a cloth. That isn't the only option either; our friends over at Tom's Guide put together a list of other cheap microfiber cloths (opens in new tab) that will do the same thing as the Apple Polishing Cloth at literally a fraction of the cost. 

Listen, I get it. You might be all-in on Apple products, the same way someone is with Razer, Corsair, or the Alienware product ecosystem. There's nothing wrong with that. What is wrong is a company overcharging for a product that most likely costs them pennies on the dollar to make, just because there's a logo on it. 

I'm not one to tell folks what to do with their money, but I feel obligated to let folks know when they are getting ripped off. Don't spend $19 on something you can get for less than $1, please. I'm begging you. 

Jorge is a hardware writer from the enchanted lands of New Jersey. When he's not filling the office with the smell of Pop-Tarts, he's reviewing all sorts of gaming hardware from laptops with the latest mobile GPUs to gaming chairs with built-in back massagers. He's been covering games and tech for nearly ten years and has written for Dualshockers, WCCFtech, and Tom's Guide. 

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