[quote]Originally posted by trumptman:
<strong>Many stock brokers (never very nice to Apple to begin with) are starting to pick up their Apple bashing sticks again. They already desire to do this and Apple is giving them plenty of reason because they are repeating past mistakes instead of learning from them. (That and it appears they just aren't moving any machines)
</strong><hr></blockquote> Not moving machines? heh
What do I mean? Everyone and their mother has been clamoring for an inexpensive Mac to which you can attach a darn monitor. Apple instead offered up the cube. The reaction was "cool, but.... (to expensive, not expandible, not clear about direction....etc...)People are tired of 15 inch iMacs and the premium for going above 15 inches is massive. (not even a cube in there now so you go straight to $1699 just to run a crappy 17 inch monitor)
Really? I haven't heard everyone and their mother clamoring for a inexpesive Mac that uses a monitor. Usually those people buy the $1699 model. If that is expensive then I don't know what to tell you. Compare the prices with the quality with similar companies like Dell and Gateway. Even though these companies don't really have much of a R&D cost they still cost about the same as Macs.
This year the PC boys have been having an insane price war. As Christmas is barreling down on us they are tossing out insane deals just to keep the doors open. $999 is buying you Pentium 4's with 17 inch monitors and free printers thrown in. (not mom and pop, I'm talking Dell, IBM, and Gateway)
And most of those computers are rubbish. You know that.
Meanwhile Apple is sitting their with their tower prices at $100 MORE than they were even a few years ago.(no excuse for this..there are no duel processors, nor even cutting edge tech to finance, Apple is just sitting on 30% margins)
You mean the CD-RW drive didn't up the price any? I am sure that is the factor.
To counter this they offer.... the iPod. A very stylish and very expensive MP3 player that is Mac only. (shades of the cube all over again) What Apple needed to do was create the Nintendo game cube only Macified and sell it for $499 without a monitor.
iPod while expensive.. isn't overpriced when you price the components that makes it up [qb][quote] I predict that Apple is going to have a bloodbath on their hands. In December they will have moved literally no machines and in January their stock is going to be beat into the ground for it. (I predict about $13-14) In January Apple will preannounce the G5 but the machines won't ship in any real volume until late March (hello a whole quarter later) After two dismal quarters the naysayers will be out in force again and the buzzards will be circling.</strong><hr></blockquote>
Ah another Apple is dieing prediction. Don't you just love these? There has been one every month since I can remember. But yet .. it never happens.
Backs against the wall they finally decide to do an affordable non-iMac. Marketshare creeps back up to about 3.5% (down from the terrible high 2's I will predict for the December quarter) Apple is back in the black again, arrogance begins the slow return and we repeat......
Apple has close to 6-8% mkt share in the US. 4-5% in the world as of right now. So somehow in a months time that is going to drop a percentage or two?