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No surprise here. Apple>all.
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Originally Posted by Foolsmaster View Post
No surprise here. Apple>all, because apple overprices their product = obviously having the most money
Someone really likes apple
If that is so,why isn't there a mac in your sig? Fixed btw.
Edited by Heavy MG - 5/15/11 at 11:47am
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The US is not the only economy in the world. If you want something different, move to a country with heavier government regulations. Also, very interesting numbers. Would like to see some citation for that.

As much as people like you talk about stuff like this, it sure does beat living in countries where 2-3% controls 70-75% of the income and private sector. Wow it's fun making up numbers! Seriously though, there are way more countries worse than US then there are countries better.
I'll cite it but even I have a hard time trusting interpretations on economics even when they support my "opinion". But you'd likely throw it out with contempt. The reason is I don't trust interpretations is that anyone with careful wording can paint different pictures from the same data. I do however loathe what seems to be your complete acceptance of the status quo. So you're saying that just because we're better than some/all other countries makes us "great"? Wow, that's great complacency. And who defines what is "better" or "great"? What may be better for a CEO may not be better for you. But then again you don't have a say in the republic (the US is not a democracy).

I also never asked for more regulations because they're generally coming from one industry or another to limit competition under the guise of protecting the consumer. Other countries use them the same way we do. Control for a few.

The reason I may b17ch and moan about things is because I'd like to see this country prove that it's so great by making things better. Not by telling us they are.

Back on topic: Like I've said before...Apple is "top" because they know how to play on the mind of consumers and therefore can charge steep profit margins without suffering. Hitler and Goebbels would be quite proud of Job's PR machine.
     
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hmm why no oil/fuel companies on the top 10?

apple must have a godlike marketing team that can hypnotize people lol
Because they may bring in 1 billion in profits. Most of the time that goes to expansion projects. These expansion projects are to the double digit billions to set up.

Average income for a professional status at the plants is roughly 50-70'000 a year. Labour/truck drivers make even more, usually around 70-100'000. They employ roughly 5'000-10'000 people. They also offer AMAZING health care benefits, scholarships, and much much more.

CEOs in any company make a lot. But the company itself in the oil industry isn't as "profitable" as you might think.
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Because they may bring in 1 billion in profits. Most of the time that goes to expansion projects. These expansion projects are to the double digit billions to set up.

Average income for a professional status at the plants is roughly 50-70'000 a year. Labour/truck drivers make even more, usually around 70-100'000. They employ roughly 5'000-10'000 people. They also offer AMAZING health care benefits, scholarships, and much much more.

CEOs in any company make a lot. But the company itself in the oil industry isn't as "profitable" as you might think.
And the reasons for price spikes in gas aren't just from the supply and demand of the industry but good old wall street with speculation. Lots of people seem to leave that out of the equation of "blame".

My only problem with the oil industry is that like any other; they are trying to keep us from both moving on to another source and trying to convince us to stick with them. So much for freedom of choice.

I'm surprised that McD's is still hanging in there where it is. I guess when you get big enough you don't really have to advertise that much. I seem to notice less ads from them these days. Though I do notice a lot more for drug conglomerates.
     
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And the reasons for price spikes in gas aren't just from the supply and demand of the industry but good old wall street with speculation. Lots of people seem to leave that out of the equation of "blame".
Oh of course, the oil industry has gotten together to attempt to make as much as they can. I live in the heart of it. They all agree on a price they're all fine with and sell it at that value.

Current value of a barrel of oil is 97 bucks, the oil sands takes about 30-35 bucks to make a barrel. Most electronics are sold at roughly 300% their manufacturing price. The companies make roughly 20 million in profit - PROFIT - per day. That doesn't really include expansion project. Expansion projects are usually in the billions. One of the current ones here costs about 15 billion (which include the mine, upgraders, extraction processes, solvent storage/supplies, water intake, the whole 9-yards). 1 years worth of profit will not pay for this.

Just pointing that out for the ill-informed.

Heck I find it funny how many people think the environmental impact of the oilsands is horrific. If you've ever worked at one of these sites, the amount of restrictions you can do at these plants makes it very stressful. Environmental and safety is one of their major goals. Let alone, the emissions they give off? VERY small compared to New York.
Edited by Domino - 5/15/11 at 2:03pm
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I'm surprised that McD's is still hanging in there where it is. I guess when you get big enough you don't really have to advertise that much. I seem to notice less ads from them these days. Though I do notice a lot more for drug conglomerates.
It wasn't until I left the USA that I realized how popular McDonald's really is (Germany, Lithuania and Ukraine). Everyone I saw was PACKED! The plates in the display case were decorated with what looked like cake breading. Here are some pics of the McCafe in Vilnius, Lithuania....very nice indeed



Edited by Ninjastryk - 5/15/11 at 2:16pm
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Apple has been popular for some time now. What i don't understand is that did Apple do in 2011 for the 84% increase? Is not like they expended in something new. iPad was 2010, iPhone 4 was 2010.
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Apple has been popular for some time now. What i don't understand is that did Apple do in 2011 for the 84% increase? Is not like they expended in something new. iPad was 2010, iPhone 4 was 2010.
What did they do? They kept selling iPads.
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I'll cite it but even I have a hard time trusting interpretations on economics even when they support my "opinion". But you'd likely throw it out with contempt. The reason is I don't trust interpretations is that anyone with careful wording can paint different pictures from the same data. I do however loathe what seems to be your complete acceptance of the status quo. So you're saying that just because we're better than some/all other countries makes us "great"? Wow, that's great complacency. And who defines what is "better" or "great"? What may be better for a CEO may not be better for you. But then again you don't have a say in the republic (the US is not a democracy).

I also never asked for more regulations because they're generally coming from one industry or another to limit competition under the guise of protecting the consumer. Other countries use them the same way we do. Control for a few.

The reason I may b17ch and moan about things is because I'd like to see this country prove that it's so great by making things better. Not by telling us they are.

Back on topic: Like I've said before...Apple is "top" because they know how to play on the mind of consumers and therefore can charge steep profit margins without suffering. Hitler and Goebbels would be quite proud of Job's PR machine.
It is called accepting what you have no power of changing and moving on with things that matter more in your life. No amount of petitions, sign picketing, and boycotting is going to make CEO's a less extremity of filth. I could, like you appear to be, spend endless time complaining and *****ing about it, or accept it and move on to contemplating, and more importantly doing, the things that are within my control, such as whether or not to continue volunteering at a soup kitchen where some angry homeless man threatened to throw feces at me for running out of soup. The world is a dirty place ran by money. Rather then burning myself out in an eternal battle against filth, I rather just live in peace and keep my window clean by doing the little things I can do to make a difference. I am much happier this way. Maybe you can give it a try one day if you give up like me.

Back on-topic:

Apple has always been a genius at marketing. They make products that are sleek, classy, and stylish looking. They have also treated me with great respect and a sincere desire to help every time I have needed to call in. Even if their tech specs may not be on par with other comparatively priced products, customer service DOES matter.
Edited by OC'ing Noob - 5/15/11 at 6:05pm
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