Originally Posted by hobBIT
You will find many posts as to why Apple lost to Microsoft. The Internet is full of analyses.
My opinion is that Apple just became too greedy and elitist.
I knew Apple at the beginning... they were always
greedy and elitist. And those are attributes that were responsible for their success. Apple set out to make a profit and to build products that people wanted [to buy].
Competitors, of the day, were mainly hobbyists, who found themselves in business. But they were more driven by the technology than by the "business" of technology (e.g. to stay in business).
In the end what most people want is 'cheap'. Give me cheap any time over quality.
That's why Betamax lost to VHS
I think it had a lot more to do with recording capacity-- you couldn't record most movies on a single BetaMax tape and you had to be there to switch the tape.
That's why 8-tracks lost to the compact cassette.
Here, convenience was the reason... how many 8-track cartridges could you slip into your shirt (or Jeans) pocket?
That's why Apple lost to PCs.
And that's why millions of US and European jobs got lost to China.
Those two topics have a lot more factors driving them than just quality vs price.
For example, a large part of the success of the PC was due to its acceptance by the business world. And, that had a lot more to do with the logo on the [original] box: the IBM
As for jobs lost to China: China makes both Macs and Dells, so were the jobs lost to "quality" or "cheap". Maybe it has something to do with the manufacturing environment (infrastructure, unions and wages, regulations, ecology, etc.).
People are obsessed with 'deals' - yet unable to understand the full and long-term repercussions.
So people effectively constantly make wrong decisions. Which seem like a good idea at the time.
Often, price is the only
consideration: you need
something and price means the difference between having something or nothing.
If you have the advantage of being able to spend more for quality, it may very well cost less over the long run (usability, productivity, maintenance, resale). Then, there is the satisfaction of owning and using and enjoying a quality product.