Seems I wasn't so wrong after all

Discussion in 'Apple' started by Marcel Pagnol, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. Apple Mac U.S. units down 16 pct in February: NPD

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. retail sales of Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) Mac
    computers fell 16 percent in February on a unit basis, even as low-cost
    netbooks helped Windows-based PCs sales rise 22 percent, research group NPD
    said on Monday.

    Unit sales of Macbook laptops dropped 7 percent, while Windows laptops
    jumped 36 percent. Without netbooks, Windows laptops rose 16 percent, NPD

    NPD figures are a closely watched measure for Apple sales, but they do not
    include data on direct sales from PC makers such as Hewlett-Packard Co
    (HPQ.N) and Dell Inc (DELL.O). The figures include sales from Apple stores,
    retailers such as Best Buy (BBY.N) and e-commerce sites such as
    (AMZN.O). Data from Wal-Mart (WMT.N) is not included.

    NPD analyst Steve Baker said Apple's high-priced products are proving to be
    a tougher sell as U.S. consumers struggle through a crippling recession.

    "I think the issue for them remains pricing in this kind of an environment,"
    he said.

    However, Baker noted that "demand is difficult everywhere ... even though
    Apple unit volumes may be challenged right now, at the end of the day,
    they're a lot more likely to be profitable than other manufacturers."

    Prices also came down in February. The average selling price on Mac laptops
    dropped around 7 percent to $1,512, NPD said. On the Windows side,
    netbooks' popularity was evident as the ASP on laptops tumbled 22 percent
    to $560.

    Mac desktop units fell 36 percent in February, while Windows-based desktops
    dropped 10 percent.


    "NPD figures are a closely watched measure for Apple sales, but they do not
    include data on direct sales from PC makers such as Hewlett-Packard Co
    (HPQ.N) and Dell Inc (DELL.O)."

    And probably not sales of Linux netbooks either. So the recession is hitting
    Apple sales, not PC sales, just as I said.

    Still, Apple's share are up today. When the wallets of the phonies who buy
    to keep them afloat is empty, shares will drop accordingly.

    One week ago eweek was writing:

    Have you noticed how much more advertising Apple is doing? Full page ads run
    in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. There are more TV
    commercials?sometimes two or three spots a show?in prime time. Big, splashy
    and strategically placed Apple banner ads are seemingly everywhere on the

    The result: Apple stores bustle with customers, the company hasn't lowered
    PC prices and product sales remain surprisingly resilient to the economic
    downturn. There's an obvious correlation between advertising and sales, and
    many other companies are missing it. Apple benefits from aggressive
    advertising, even as some other companies cut back marketing budgets.


    Seem the result rather is "Apple stores bustle with customers" who
    don't buy.

    But you Morons here will continue to buy whatever happens, I'm sure.
    Marcel Pagnol, Mar 17, 2009
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  2. Marcel Pagnol wrote:

    << Snipped bits out >>

    You are wrong no matter what you copy and paste.

    What do you want to short today??
    John McWilliams, Mar 17, 2009
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  3. Marcel Pagnol

    KaPOP! Guest

    Marcel Pagnol wrote:

    Ah, who really cares what he wrote? This is what he REALLY meant:

    Windoze good. Linux, OS 2 Warp, and DOS better. Mac BAD.
    Gates? God. Job/Wos? De Debil, Bobby Bouche!

    Me Mac user so it take a while but me gots it now. Uh-HYUK. Gawrsh.

    KaPOP!, Mar 18, 2009
  4. Marcel Pagnol

    J.J. O'Shea Guest

    Impossible. If it was any shorter it'd be negative.
    J.J. O'Shea, Mar 18, 2009
  5. It seems that a few not-so-Morons have finally figured out what Psystar
    explains here very clearly:

    Since the Cupertino-based company has successfully eliminated any
    competition with its operating system, Psystar claims, Apple is free to
    charge "supra-competitive prices," quoting Steve Jobs' more recent October
    2008 remarks that Apple doesn't "know how to make a $500 computer that's
    not a piece of junk" as evidence of an intent to mark systems up instead of
    an emphasis on quality.

    Marcel Pagnol, Mar 18, 2009
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    Nick Naym Guest


    ....and you will continue to sit on your haunches and howl at the moon.
    Nick Naym, Mar 19, 2009
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