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Textbooks aren't expensive because of the printing cost. Textbooks are expensive because of the writing, editorial, marketing and rights clearance (photos, etc.) costs. None of those costs go away for eTexts. In fact, producing eTexts can be more expensive because now you've got to have trained people who can add layers of interactivity and the nature of the medium demands more art, photos, videos, animations and mini-apps within the textbook. Someone's going...
Fine. So those people don't understand the ads. They get the product home and it doesn't work to expectations. No problem...return the phone and get your money back. If Apple refused to take it back, then I would support the lawsuit. But they do take it back. So IMO, these types of absurd lawsuits should be thrown out of court and the court should decide if the case was abusive. If it's found to be abusive, the person suing should have to pay costs.When a...
Yes, they do. So did the workers who lined up to work at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York in 1911, 146 of whom died in a fire when they were locked in. So did the coal miners who worked at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia. 29 of them died in April of 2010 . People who are desperate will take any jobs offered, even dangerous jobs. That doesn't make it right. I agree that we should not necessarily apply current American labor standards to...
If Apple was giving Foxconn a tiny bit of business that was equivalent to the business that other companies were giving it, I might agree with you. But in this case, where certainly tens of thousands, and perhaps hundreds of thousands of Foxconn employees are there because of Apple, Apple has to bare some responsibility. I don't think Apple and companies like it should be able to hide behind "outsourcing". Taken to an extreme conclusion, if Apple bares no...
Actually, according to a Supreme Court ruling of several years ago, Apple can force them. It used to be the case that manufacturers could only dictate minimum advertised prices, but they now can also dictate minimum selling prices. But as you originally said, Apple's margins are so small, almost no one discounts anyway. Besides, who says MacMall discounts? Except on discontinued models, I've never seen more than a $5 discount.
Remember that when Jobs returned to Apple, his first big success was the iMac, which was actually pretty traditional, but had a very interesting and fun design (which actually looks pretty clunky in retrospect). The primary reason for Apple's success beginning with the iPod was the introduction of the ecosystem. I think there is a way for HP to be successful in printing: while it's true that people are printing less and less, it's primarily because printing is a pain. ...
I agree that from a practical standpoint, it's proper for Austin to pay the $8.6 million. But it was obnoxious for Apple or any company to ask for it and I personally think that any direct payments or tax breaks to a corporation of this kind should be illegal. It's one thing to ask for infrastructure improvements - if for example, the new Apple facility required expansion of a road or a new or improved exit off of the highway or additional bus service or something of...
Apple has changed expectations so radically, people don't realize what an accomplishment even a few hundred thousand units would have been. I've posted this before, but this is the amount of time for each of these technologies to reach just 1 million sales units, according to Greystone Communications, Yankee Group (except for the iPad count, which came from other sources): Original iPad: 28 days DVD: 21 months Satellite Radio: 23 months CD Players: 28 months MP3 Players:...
And I got burned by selling some of my Apple about a year ago at the advice of my broker who said, "Take some profits!" I should have kept it (obviously). And while I agree that diversity is the best strategy for any portfolio (I'm so paranoid, I also keep lots in cash, which keeps me from stroking out when the market drops), if I had invested my entire portfolio in Apple when I first bought the stock some years ago, I'd probably be worth $10 million now.
If it's not moderated and de-duplicated, I feel these kinds of efforts are usually well-intentioned, but a waste. No one wants to wade through hundreds of answers, many of which are useless or wrong. How many times have we seen responses like, "Well, I'm not sure, but....." Why do these idiots bother responding?
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