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vision33r said:When you see the amount of money spent here then I know one thing is that iPhones are just overpriced
Apple used to be like Netflix, spending less than $1M a year, but after they got punched in the mouth by Amazon's ebook lawsuit, where Amazon took those DOJ lawyers to a retreat up in the PNW, Apple has been upping their lobbying spend. If you don't engage Washington, someone will be engaging Washington against you.
SSD1400 said:AI states, "In one decade, the two had managed to steal over $2.3 million in retail value, which cost the university more than $4 million in total." If the retail value is $2.3 million, then how/why did this cost the university $1.7 million more than the laptops were worth? I thought only the military was stupid enough to pay $10,000 for a toilet seat cover.
And what about tax policy? One of Hillary's economic advisors, Joe Stiglitz said "Here we have the largest corporation in capitalization not only in America, but in the world, bigger than GM was at its peak, and claiming that most of its profits originate from about a few hundred people working in Ireland — that’s a fraud ... Our current tax system encourages companies to keep their money abroad, opens up a vast loophole through what is called the transfer-pricing system that allows them not only to keep their money abroad but, effectively, to escape taxation." He seems to say that Apple is transferring US income to Ireland, which has never been shown to be the case, rather EU income has been transferred to Ireland. Are we sure we can trust the Clintons?
In the past, standard shipping means you still got your iPhone on launch day, but not this year. This year, my 7+ jet-black comes on Monday. I'm a bit bummed. Totally expected them to deliver it today.