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"Early adopters, like iPad owners, follow a traditional pattern of consumer behavior; they purchase products because they want them, not because they need them," Baker said. "However, as Apple increases iPad distribution and consumer interest peaks, the profile of an iPad owner is much more likely to mirror the overall tech population. When that does happen other tech products with similar usage profiles as the iPad, such as notebooks, netbooks, and e-readers will come under increased pressure from the iPad."
I wonder how much of the converse is true:Early adopters,
like iPad owners, follow a traditional pattern of consumer behavior; they purchase products because they need them, not because they want them,
It could be that "later adapters" have less compelling needs and, therefore, take longer to justify their purchase.
It is difficult to tell with a device priced at $499 -- for some, this will inexpensive enough to be an impulsive purchase.
I bought 2 on announce day -- here are some of the things that led to the purchase:
-- I am an iOS developer and want to write apps for it
-- I have 3 grandkids who lug around 12-18 lb backpacks of school books - 'Nuff said!
-- I considered it a revolutionary new product category and wanted to support the concept
-- I am an AAPL shareholder
-- my 14-year-old granddaughter was about to enter High School and we wanted her to decide between the iPad and a laptop
-- I saw a potential for on-the-spot film clip editing at the grandkids soccer games
-- like someone said: "Steve had me at scroll".