There is nothing revolutionary about that observation(although perhaps, you recognized some of my language usage in regards to a certain POV ) It happens in every industry, people on this forum should recognize it more than most. Consider: How much did Laser Jet printers used to cost? Or even giant LCDs(my 27 inch cost 250), the got cheaper once more competition came in and began to automat as much of the process as possible, this goes all the way to the constituent components that make it, the embodied labor if you will, as well as the actual production of the actual product.
I can now get a decent Smartphone from Qwest for 100 dollars with no contract. This is a sign of what is coming, apple will stay on top for awhile, but they will never be able to keep it up in the long term, as more people catch on and cut costs. They do those "frivolous" lawsuits because Apple isn't stupid they know exactly what is happening. and what is coming. They realize their "mystique"(really a form of fetishism by consumers) will no long be able to command the prices they do now.
This is the ghost in the machine of economic system if you will, one of many. It's really a horrible trait, that leads to all sorts of nasty consequences, but that is a debate for another day. Although anyone interested is free to PM, I am always open for discussions on these issues. Those of you who do find what I say interesting, it'd be worth your while to see where this POV spring fronts it's very interesting, PM me
I tried to keep this pretty clean of any political commentary so I hope it stays.
ROFL! Thank you so much, this topic needed some levity.
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I hope my sarcasm isn't a spoiler
Edited by Cesaro Summability - 1/25/12 at 6:51pm