What to invest in rather than X?


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Feb 18, 2010

I ordered X and miraculously have a shipping date of Nov. 3 due to unknown fraud alert on ATT blocking my ordering.

Just wondering what you would spend $1k on an item that doesn't depreciate?

I was joking with my friend that if I invested all the money I spent on Apple gear back in 2000 I would be rich.

So just wondering what would be better to invest $1.3k in than a phone?


macrumors 65816
Sep 16, 2014
Seattle, WA
LEGO 75192 Millennium Falcon. It retails for $800 and is currently selling for nearly $1,400 on the secondary market. Plus it will probably be worth even more after it retires in two or three years (the first edition of the previous one reached $5,000-$6,000 before this one was announced). I got one, but couldn't resist opening it.:rolleyes:


Oct 16, 2017
Just pretend that the 1993 film Groundhog Day is based reliving November 3, 2017 over and over.

If you were stuck on that same day for 10,000 years, would you line up for the iPhone X every single time? Probably not. So do what Phil did. Educate yourself. Be a pianist, learn different languages, be an ice sculptor. Do something else to better yourself.


macrumors 68030
Jun 13, 2008
I don't understand posts like this.

I mean, yeah, each person should absolutely consider whether it fits their budget, and whether the added features are worth the extra money to them.

But this is a technology enthusiast site. It goes without saying that most of us here are willing to drop some dime on nice tech. And Apple makes some really nice tech.

The iPhone X is expensive. No doubt about it. But it's a really nice phone, camera, video camera, computer, secure digital wallet, ... etc. I mean, $1000 or $1200 is a lot for a "phone" or even a "smartphone", but it's a top-of-the-line one that replaces a shocking number of separate gadgets that I used to spend money on before the iPhone. And if you're on one of the phone plans where you trade for a new phone every year, then that costs is spread out over time and a good chunk of it is eliminated by the trade-in value of the old device.

And if you decided against the X, then you'd still probably get an 8 at some point, so then you're not talking about spending $1k vs not at all. You're talking about spending $1k vs $800, or more accurately, $49/mo vs $35.

Given that I work hard, and utilize tech to its fullest to improve my work and life, I don't feel too bad about it. Sure, I'd rather pay less, but the product in question is amazing and they've earned a few extra hundred dollars from me.

Investments are a completely separate issue for me and have no bearing on the decision to or not to buy this phone.