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After blasting through the $330 per share for Apple's stock today, the company now has a market capitalization valued at around $302 billion dollars. While market cap isn't everything, this is a substantial shift from the way things used to be. Apple used to be the underdog!

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Repackaging technology that has existed 15-20 years prior and then claiming innovation... People are so gullible, they'll buy anything if its shinny enough. Apple is this wealthy because they have good marketing and nothing more.
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I don't agree with Apple's innovation or revolutionary claims on their new products, and I don't think I would ever pay retail price for anything they sell but I must say I really do enjoy the overall build quality and usability of the Macbooks... and their marketing techniques are clearly working very well.
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they trick average joes by saying one or two computer terms and saying that their products will do exactly what is asked. Average Joe happy.
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It will be interesting to see how Apple will poise itself in a few years when it can no longer use the "underdog" or "think different" marketing.
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I don't agree with Apple's innovation or revolutionary claims on their new products, and I don't think I would ever pay retail price for anything they sell but I must say I really do enjoy the overall build quality and usability of the Macbooks... and their marketing techniques are clearly working very well.
They make good products.
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Shorting Apple stock will be a no brainer when the next stock market crisis comes within a few years....
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They make good products.
I don't know about that. Googling reveals a myriad of defects, from shoddy displays with dead pixels Apple won't deal with, battery fires, capacitor failures, GPUs falling off motherboards, batteries that don't last past a hundred charge cycles, iPhones that don't work if you are holding them, iPods with defective headphones and jacks, the iPod Shuffle, and so on and so forth.

I think what put Apple ahead is that they handled customer complaints better - better than Dell or HP. They also had a "look" that was certainly better than the kludged together garbage like the Dell Latitude or pretty much anything HP. Consumers also like their stores - it's like standing inside an operating room but far more sterile. Their goods weren't sold out of dirty shops operated by chiselers that, once they grab your money, they run like mad. Apple's "Geniuses" are a level better than say, Geek Squad - but only make the grade because if the machine that has the defect is relatively new, they will swap it for a rebuild.

But then, Apple still doesn't make a real computer - like a mini-tower that can accept an industry standard video card, or a netbook, or a desktop, or any computer with a modern, usable processor. But then, what they make is intended for their toy OS, lacking any industry standard applications, bloated like crazy, non-customizable, filled with bugs and defects that have never been fixed, and they will never have Blu-Ray - that will help blow your monthly cap when it "updates"...
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It is a bit scary. It trades at 24 P/E vs. most SP500 companies at 13-15P/E. It will be fine as long as they have new products to excite investors and are able to maintain market share. However, Apple is about 20% of Nasdaq index (20%, so what is Microsoft, Cisco and Oracle?), watch out if market is in correction mode.
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Repackaging technology that has existed 15-20 years prior and then claiming innovation... People are so gullible, they'll buy anything if its shinny enough. Apple is this wealthy because they have good marketing and nothing more.
Riiiiiiight. Just keep telling yourself that. Considering they've revolutionized a myriad of sectors of the tech industry, and this is a fact, you're just another over-zealous (or, perhaps, over-jealous) anti-Apple fanatic.


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Originally Posted by Illusion Of Progress View Post
I don't agree with Apple's innovation or revolutionary claims on their new products, and I don't think I would ever pay retail price for anything they sell but I must say I really do enjoy the overall build quality and usability of the Macbooks... and their marketing techniques are clearly working very well.
Let's see, they revolutionized they way computers look, they revolutionized the MP3 player, smart phones, media creation for the average home user, data transfer, customer service... Hm, yeah, they didn't do anything.

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they trick average joes by saying one or two computer terms and saying that their products will do exactly what is asked. Average Joe happy.
Their computers WILL do exactly what is asked. Bravo for not knowing what you're talking about.

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It will be interesting to see how Apple will poise itself in a few years when it can no longer use the "underdog" or "think different" marketing.
Yeah, we'll see. Though "Think Different" hardly worked for them in the 90's, I think Apple knows where it's headed, or at least has a general idea.

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I don't know about that. Googling reveals a myriad of defects, from shoddy displays with dead pixels Apple won't deal with, battery fires, capacitor failures, GPUs falling off motherboards, batteries that don't last past a hundred charge cycles, iPhones that don't work if you are holding them, iPods with defective headphones and jacks, the iPod Shuffle, and so on and so forth.

I think what put Apple ahead is that they handled customer complaints better - better than Dell or HP. They also had a "look" that was certainly better than the kludged together garbage like the Dell Latitude or pretty much anything HP. Consumers also like their stores - it's like standing inside an operating room but far more sterile. Their goods weren't sold out of dirty shops operated by chiselers that, once they grab your money, they run like mad. Apple's "Geniuses" are a level better than say, Geek Squad - but only make the grade because if the machine that has the defect is relatively new, they will swap it for a rebuild.

But then, Apple still doesn't make a real computer - like a mini-tower that can accept an industry standard video card, or a netbook, or a desktop, or any computer with a modern, usable processor. But then, what they make is intended for their toy OS, lacking any industry standard applications, bloated like crazy, non-customizable, filled with bugs and defects that have never been fixed, and they will never have Blu-Ray - that will help blow your monthly cap when it "updates"...

Oh, really? Because googling also turns up billions of results for "PC" related problems. Far more than Apple. And they don't make a real computer? What's a fake computer then? No modern, usable processor? They use the same Intel processors many people on this site use.

Lacking industry standard apps? Let's see:
Office: Check
Adobe Products: Check
Web: Check
Media: Check

And you DO realize that Apple was one of the first to commit to Bluray over HDDVD, right?


Jesus. The amount of FUD people on thsi site spew is amazing. Apple has a place in the market, and whether you like it or not, has been a huge influence on current tech.
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