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Expectations have become absurdly ridiculous. New technologies used to take 12 to 18 months to achieve just 1 million units in sales from multiple manufacturers. Apple is selling iPads, a device that no one HAS to have, in the worst economy since the 1930s, with high levels of unemployment in most countries, at a current rate of 50 million units per year (assuming the 13 million can be extended to all quarters) and they sold 3-4 million iPhones in the first...
While the Manhattan stores have had constant long lines, I walked into a Long Island store on Friday and would have been able to buy a phone immediately (and was going to), but after multiple tries, Apple couldn't connect to the AT&T servers and I didn't want to wait, so I cancelled. But at least in that store, too many buyers didn't seem to be the problem. And my local AT&T store didn't seem to be a problem either. For reasons I won't go into here, I would have...
But commissions are made regardless of whether people are buying Apple stock or any other stock and commissions are made regardless of whether you buy or sell, so I don't think one can legimately argue that brokers are encouraging people to buy Apple just so they make commissions. Besides, many small investors go through services like E-Trade which have discounted commissions or if they're big investors, they pay based upon their total asset value, so they can trade as...
They would have sold even more had the registration systems been working. I walked into a Long Island Apple store on Friday and asked how long it would take to get a phone. They said the systems were "slow" but they could take me right away. But after trying three times, the AT&T servers seemed to be down, so I couldn't proceed. They had people lining up who were willing to wait until the servers came back up, but I didn't want to wait, so I canceled my order. ...
Yeah, I don't understand why anyone would wait on a line in the rain for hours to get a phone. I want one, but I'll wait until I can just walk in without waiting and obtain one. On the one hand, such people have the patience to wait in line (I have absolutely no patience to wait on a line) but on the other, I have the patience to wait a few weeks so I don't have to. But if I find myself in Manhattan at like two in the morning and there's no line, I just might...
I think the amount of focus and concentration that it takes to be a genius frequently doesn't leave much room for the niceties. Maybe because it takes a great deal of ego to become such a success. Such geniuses as Picasso and John Lennon (and reportedly, even Gandhi) frequently treated the people around them like crap.My theory is that people like Jobs, Gates and Zuckerberg actually have a mild form of autism or Asperger's syndrome. That syndrome gives them the...
Sort of possible if the FedEx shipping warehouse was in Camden or Cherry Hill, NJ which is right on the border with PA.
Physical media is far from dead, but it's certainly in decline. Blu-ray is up about 20% over last year and I believe last year at this time it was up 46% from 2009 (I don't have access to the numbers from where I am.) DVD is certainly down, but is being largely (but not completely) replaced by BD sales. IIRC, U.S. physical sales grosses are equivalent to theatrical boxoffice, so the numbers are still quite large. Furthermore, 2011 will be the first year that...
Sometimes choices are a good thing and sometimes they're a bad thing. Usually, brands try to fill in all price points to eliminate customer objections over price (the second rule of selling is to overcome customer objections.) For example, if you look at the Apple computer lineup, you'll see a fairly evenly distributed range of price points from bottom to top. If the choices aren't clearly defined, it causes consumer confusion. And when consumers are confused, they...
I'm puzzled by your comments. The iPhone 3s and the iPhone 4 use the same OS. While there were some features only available on the 4, I'd say that the usability of the two phones was almost exactly the same, except in regards to performance, in which the 4 has smoother scrolling and is faster. The numbers seem to indicate that iPhone 4 users are upgrading. That's a surprise to me even considering the voice-controls and other features of the new phone. I would have...
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