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Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by netdog, Sep 16, 2007.
Who cares? The New York Times has been predicting the demise of Apple since 1984.
If you read the article carefully, you'll see that it doesn't say that Apple is doomed or headed to its demise. All it's saying is that Apple missed an opportunity in the retail world by not working with big box stores.
However, other parts of the article smacked of arrogance and ignorance:
How does the writer know what Jobs' goals are? It seems pretty clear to me that Apple and Jobs don't want to dominate the market by lowering standards, they want to keep standards high and sell as many Macs as possible. If you ask me, over 3 million Macs in the first six months of this year is quite impressive, and represents good sales growth. In fact, that growth is nearly double the industry's (I think HP, the current leader, grew sales at about 14-16%, please provide correct info if wrong).
As for that "research" comany, I hardly think a survey performed over the short term is worth much. Let's see how the long term trends look, ie, number for year-over-year growth in Mac use. Then we'll have something credible to work with.
Using only customer websites isn't a great way to go. A broader indicator, like email, Google, Wikipedia, etc should also be included in this list of sites. Then a good showing of the general internet user is presented.
Really, that may be nice to know, but I didn't get our family in to Apple boxes based on the market share. I liked what they do and how they perform.
If memory serves, Apple did experiment with box stores a while back. Sears and Circuit City come to mind. If memory continues to serve, it was a fiasco.
Judging from how the Apple stores are shaping up, I'd say Apple chose instead to make their own opportunity. Think different indeed.
It is my understanding that Sears is not considered to be a big box store, but Apple sold Macs through Sears at least twice. Neither time did it work out. Wal-Mart is a big box store. About 10 years ago, Apple sold its Performa line through Wal-Mart. Suffice it to say, Apple and Wal-Mart parted ways.
Which means that the point the article was trying to advance is even weaker. Way to do research NY Times.
Just the fact that this article was in the NY Times takes away from it's legitamacy. This paper is none for innacurate reporting, based on an editor's view that typically has an agenda....as opposed to actual reporting.
So what's happened to the NY Post? What's the Post going to do with its plethora of false info?