JP234

Maybe stop giving Kanye West such an enormous media platform to document his mental illness? And I don't mean banning him from Apple Music. I mean just stop writing, blogging and talking about him all the time. Since he started these rants, his online presence has increased by a quantum level. So everyone, stop, just stop. Let him be Kanye, let his fans support him, and the rest of us can forget him.

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  • Inside Apple's Singapore Marina Bay Sands retail store

    y2an said:
    JP234 said:
    Insanely great. But what did this cost me, as an Apple shareholder? Betting my dividends would be higher if Apple spent a teeeeeny bit less on these eclectic and expensive stores that are popping up. Apple customers don't need a "floating dome" to shop for Apple goods and services. A mall store is just fine for me.
    If you don’t like their strategy, sell up and take your investment money elsewhere. 
    That's the first intelligent reply I've seen so far! But I do like their strategy long term, and am holding my shares and reinvesting the dividends. But no company is perfect, not even Apple, and we're all free to express our divergent opinions.
    williamlondon
  • Inside Apple's Singapore Marina Bay Sands retail store

    foljs said:
    JP234 said:
    JP234 said:
    Insanely great. But what did this cost me, as an Apple shareholder? Betting my dividends would be higher if Apple spent a teeeeeny bit less on these eclectic and expensive stores that are popping up. Apple customers don't need a "floating dome" to shop for Apple goods and services. A mall store is just fine for me.

    Comments like this remind me of why our world is so messed up. Humans are selfish, and not out of survival like the rest of nature.

    So how is Apple's hard work at padding your pockets bringing value into your life? Do you drive an expensive car or a junker, just to be practical? Do you own a large screen TV or just read a book at night?

    It goes both ways. Apple's investment in the "Apple experience" is why sales remain strong.
    Actually, my wife and I drive Volvos. A 2013 S60 and a 2022 XC40, both Platinum trim, paid for in cash. Between our Apple, Microsoft, two utility and 5 oil company stocks, the dividends throw off enough cash to buy a new one (about $45-$50K each) every two years. My 2013 has only 28,000 garage kept miles on it, so I'm keeping it, even though I'd like a new one. Maybe if Apple paid me a special dividend or raised the dividend, I'd get a new 2023, even though my '13 is near mint. But I'm a lifelong gearhead, so cars are near the top of my spending priorities.

    Our TV is only 43." And I read lots of books, too, mostly from the library. We have no debt; not cars, not mortgage, not credit card.

    To put it in terms no millennial will ever understand, but every Boomer will, "You can't spend or borrow your way to prosperity."
    Hahahaha, that's rich coming from Boomers that got their prosperity through greed and from taking for themselves the resources for the following generations, piling up externalities, and cutting down all the ladders of support they used to get where they are for extra profit - so selfish that they behaved as if there would be no future after them!

    Boomers literaly spend all the country's resources they were given and borrowred against the future of the country and of their children!


    Jealousy is an ugly emotion. And your reaction reveals more about you than it does me. As for the "selfish" Boomers, before you go there, ask any person of color, or any LGBTQ person, any disabled person, any Native American whether they were better off before we Boomers started to call the shots. I was born into poverty, and no one gave me anything I didn't earn. I started working at age 10 delivering the Chicago Tribune and Sun Times, and have worked continuously since, including service to my country in the Air Force during the Vietnam war. Ran my own business for 14 years and employed 10 well paid tradesmen. Sold it and went to work for Apple in 2004. I retired comfortably in 2014 at age 63, and have no guilt for that.

    What are your goals? Guessing they're the same as mine were. Save the World. But make a good living first. It's called Capitalism. Deal with it.
    williamlondon
  • Inside Apple's Singapore Marina Bay Sands retail store

    Xed said:
    JP234 said:
    JP234 said:
    Insanely great. But what did this cost me, as an Apple shareholder? Betting my dividends would be higher if Apple spent a teeeeeny bit less on these eclectic and expensive stores that are popping up. Apple customers don't need a "floating dome" to shop for Apple goods and services. A mall store is just fine for me.
    And those brand names stores, including Apple, on Fifth Ave in New York City don't make any profits at all due to extremely high rent. 
    That Apple store in New York city probably makes more money per square foot than any retail store in all of human history. And you said it makes no profit.

    https://www.zdnet.com/finance/report-apples-fifth-avenue-store-tops-350m-in-annual-revenue-updated/
    Well if they pay more rent, property tax and insurance than anywhere else in human history, it's possible. Revenue is not profit.
    OK, boomer. And you think the solution is to go with the failed Dell kiosk in malls and failed Gateway stores in cheap strip malls? How did that work out for them?

    As a shareholder, you could've had that concern when Apple first started building stores in premium locations, but now that it's been over 20 years with Apple both building an anchor store that helps bring in foot traffic to a location that then drives up the desire for other stores to be placed next to an Apple Store (which means they can get much better deals from the leaser) and has the highest revenue per square feet (even beating out Tiffany's soon after launching) you have no ground to stand on and complain about the fucking share pice.

    How about Apple stops doing dividends since that affects the share price, too?
    I love the dividends. We don't buy ANY stocks that don't pay them. At this point, our pensions & SoSec pay all our living expenses, and the dividends in our IRA's are reinvested in more shares. Our non-retirement dividends pay for our new cars, dining, entertainment and Apple toys. Apple is hoarding way too much of my cash ($50 Billion as of 2022), and I'd like some of that back if they're not going to invest it in something other than floating domes.

    Being a Boomer isn't all bad. Zero debt, plenty of free time with no need to work, still in good health with all our teeth, brand new Volvos every 5 years or so. How you doing, Xer?
    williamlondon
  • Inside Apple's Singapore Marina Bay Sands retail store

    JP234 said:
    Insanely great. But what did this cost me, as an Apple shareholder? Betting my dividends would be higher if Apple spent a teeeeeny bit less on these eclectic and expensive stores that are popping up. Apple customers don't need a "floating dome" to shop for Apple goods and services. A mall store is just fine for me.
    And those brand names stores, including Apple, on Fifth Ave in New York City don't make any profits at all due to extremely high rent. 
    That Apple store in New York city probably makes more money per square foot than any retail store in all of human history. And you said it makes no profit.

    https://www.zdnet.com/finance/report-apples-fifth-avenue-store-tops-350m-in-annual-revenue-updated/
    Well if they pay more rent, property tax and insurance than anywhere else in human history, it's possible. Revenue is not profit.
    williamlondon
  • Inside Apple's Singapore Marina Bay Sands retail store

    JP234 said:
    Insanely great. But what did this cost me, as an Apple shareholder? Betting my dividends would be higher if Apple spent a teeeeeny bit less on these eclectic and expensive stores that are popping up. Apple customers don't need a "floating dome" to shop for Apple goods and services. A mall store is just fine for me.
    I see it as brand marketing strategy. Especially in Singapore, brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Sony, Samsung.... etc sticks out like a sour thumb with their "Wow-Factor" building designs. Apple just can't be the iittle guy in the corner or the tiny guy in between these big brands. It would be embarrassing. If there is going to be an Apple Store somewhere in my town in the state of Connecticut, yep, I can see it be the size of a 7 Eleven store with low key architecture design. And those brand names stores, including Apple, on Fifth Ave in New York City don't make any profits at all due to extremely high rent. They are there just for the brand awareness.
    Your extreme level of brand awareness kinda mystifies most people of my generation. OK, I'm a Boomer (proud Boomer, BTW). I'm aware those things mean more to each subsequent generation. Probably because our one income households (Mom stayed home and took care of us) didn't have as much disposable income, and brand name stuff was for rich people.
    mac daddy zeewilliamlondon