Why won't Apple just buy Samsung?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by iAppleseed, May 21, 2012.

  1. iAppleseed macrumors regular

    May 11, 2011
    If Apple hates Samsung so much, then why don't they just simply buy them? They won't have to worry about patent infringement and competition. They can even have Samsung's patents and research so they can improve their products.

    What could go wrong?
  2. runtohell121 macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2010
    Buying a company isn't that easy. Samsung will not be bought by any company. They are not in trouble unlike some companies struggling to survive. Even if Apple tries to buy them, they can't without approvals and stuff. Even if Apple is rich, they are not able to just purchase any company they want. Why not buy Google and Microsoft also? They're Apple's competition.
  3. matttye macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
  4. AbyssImpact macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2010
    Why don't Toyota buy Honda?

    Why don't HP buy Dell?

    Why don't the Red Soxs buy the White Soxs and unite all Soxs as 1 in baseball?

    Why don't the LA Lakers buy the LA Clippers?

    Why don't Facebook just buy Google?
  5. Confuzzzed macrumors 68000


    Aug 7, 2011
    Liverpool, UK
    All the King's horses and all of his men couldn't buy Samsung even if Apple wanted to (which it doesn't!!). Samsung is actually a massive conglomerate making all sorts of crap from fridges to microwaves so imagine how we'd all be whining about the next OS been delayed because management time was taken up sorting out some cooling system recall in Malawi. Besides, Samsung is sizeable enough (market cap $152bn) to be HUGELY dilutive to Apple share holders if anything as crazy as that was attempted. But I guess your question was tongue in cheek. Right?!
  6. Tagline macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2010
    Samsung basically is South Korea; Apple would have to take over the whole country before they could even think of taking over Samsung.

    It's not just a matter of a corporate buyout - it's a matter of national pride, which is why it would never happen.
  7. tekno macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2011

    Not everyone understands the ins and outs of business. The OP's question is a valid one to someone who always sees companies buying other companies and knows Apple has over $100bn in cash. I don't think he deserves to be mocked.
  8. Xeperu macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2010
  9. iAppleseed thread starter macrumors regular

    May 11, 2011
    Further explanation, please. Does it mean that Samsung will betray Apple after Acquisition or something?
  10. sjinsjca macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2008
    Antitrust is a set of laws established a century ago to prevent accumulation of economic power in single entities or collectives. The Federal government in the US would not allow this, and the EU would throw its weight around too even though it lacks any semblance of jurisdiction, as it did with Honeywell/GE.
  11. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    One company can not buy another company with the company wishing / seeking buy out, shareholders agreeing to the buyout, and the monopolies and anti-trust regulators agreeing to the buyout.

    Besides Apple and Apples Consumers need Samsung, they are providing good competition in the market hardware wise which drives on improvements and innovations for all consumers.
  12. barryl85 macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2010
    Its not good for business or consumers when a corporation becomes so huge it swallows everything in its path.

    Its also technically not legal to buy up all the competition, if you look at some UK companies (BT/ BAA) they are forced to sell or share assets with competition to make it fair, even look at the trouble Microsoft got into with media player and internet explorer because it was standard software with their own operating system!!
  13. frida189 macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2012
    First of all I don't think Samsung desires to be sold and I'm quite confident that South Korea can discover a lot of ways to block a unfriendly takeover. And 2nd I think Apple builds as a lot profit selling Samsung's components in their box than Samsung does. Buying Samsung would decrease their margin.
  14. Calidude macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2010
    Smartest post in this thread so far.
  15. Fireblade macrumors 65816


    Jan 25, 2011
    Omg this would be horrible, if this would happen.

    Imagine a Galaxy S3 locked down to it's bones:eek::eek:!!
  16. eastercat macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    Considering the OP doesn't even know anti-trust, the OP either lacks common sense, is incredibly stupid or is still in junior high school.
    I learned about anti-trust laws in high school. What's the OP's excuse?

    Even ignoring reality and assuming the apple could actually buy samsung, it's unhealthy and monopolistic. Essentially, apple would be doing a microsoft by purchasing a competitor.
    If you didn't know, monopolies are bad unless you're playing the eponymous board game.
  17. Tobias Funke macrumors 6502a

    Tobias Funke

    Apr 3, 2012
    How would apple buy out a company that has over double its revenue, Triple it's assets and double it's equity. ?! :confused:

    And even if they did buy them its a huge amount of money to only double Apples net profit.

    Samsung is a huge company compared to Apple but only makes similar profits. :eek:
  18. Vizin, May 22, 2012
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  19. hajime macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007

    Korean love to use Samsung products. Some of them only buy products from Samsung.
  20. AppleDApp macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2011
    That will probably pass. Canadians for some time were pretty faithful to RIM.
  21. matttye macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
    To quote the OP:

    "then why don't they just simply buy them?"

    You don't have to know the ins and outs of business to know its not as simple as "simply buy them" :p
  22. boss.king macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    They're not the same thing though. RIM makes phones. Samsung makes nearly anything you use in day-to-day life.
  23. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    • it will be a bad idea
    • It will cost so much money that it would wipe out most of Apple's money to stage a hostile take over
    • It will not pass antitrust muster
    • they will not get a return on the money they spent trying to take them over.
  24. iAppleseed thread starter macrumors regular

    May 11, 2011
    How could this be a bad idea? I think this is a great idea. Just imagine Apple refrigirstors, TVs and more!
  25. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    ^^^This is why its a bad idea.

    Just because apple does a great job with phones, tablets and computers means they'll be able to make great refrigerators, air conditioners and what not. They're great at what they do because they're focused and have learned that to be great you need to say no.

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