What Recession?

In the last week we’ve been bombarded with news about Apple’s new iPhone.  It’s been well documented that in 24 hours there were 600,000 pre-orders for the new iPhone.  Pre.

Starting price for the iPhone is $400.00.  Let’s go ahead and tack on all the plans, bedazzled cases, etc and say $500.00  I think that’s fair.

My superior math skills tell me that in 1 day people spent $300 million dollars on the same thing.  Actually, no.  They spent that much on a confirmation number.

We as a species can’t feed and clothe everyone, but in one damn day we proved just how much we’re willing to spend on a unified interest.  We have serious priority issues, we all know it, and we’re not going to do a thing about it.

Not saying I’ve done my part.  As I type this I’m downloading the upgrade for the iPhone I already have.  I’m just processing some thoughts and felt like sharing.  Sorry if I’m coming across like some pretentious Bono wanna-be.

J

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14 Responses to “What Recession?”

  1. Ali Says:

    Prediction: Someone will now leave a post about the surperior reliability and quality investment of an iProduct.

    I wonder what it would be like to be a Mac fan.

  2. Ali Says:

    Y’know, I should probably proofread when I’m being snarky. . .

    Let’s make that “superior”. . . and slow down my typing speed by about a third.

  3. Popgun Says:

    The U.S. has a population of about 309,558,000 according to Wikipedia. If half of them are old enough to have a phone, and using your 600,000 number, then only about one in 258 adults have pre-ordered an iPhone. That’s 0.38% of adults. This represents an astounding market place for Apple.

    The more iPhones Apple sells, the more people Apple can hire, that can then have food and clothes. These people would feel better about having stuff if they earned it, rather than having it given to them. And they can reward themselves when they get ahead a bit, by buying an iPhone.

    This is how capitalism works; whereas socialism would deprive you of your iPhone so they could give that $300 or however much it is, to people who haven’t worked as hard as you have, so they can have food and clothes. Then you can be equal with those people, regardless of innate talent or skill or education which you may have and they may not.

    So I don’t feel guilty about having an iPhone. It is called ‘fruit of my labor’.

    Just being a patootie. Have a nice day!

    -Popgun

    • J Says:

      I’m not talking about giving to bums on the street who could work but choose not to. And I’m not talking about Daddy’s Girl who got it for her 16th birthday to go with her matching iPad. I’m talking about people in other countries who don’t have clean water or even access to it. It’s not about denying someone a reward for working hard. It’s about acknowledging there are people genuinely suffering out there and that we pretend we can’t help them when it’s just been proven we can.

      What would it look like if 0.38% of adults came together and focused that money (and enthusiasm) on helping people who really need it? People who still don’t have homes in Haiti or Chile, for instance. They didn’t lose everything they have because they were irresponsible. An act of God put them in that position. And I believe that kind of selflessness would be another act of God getting them out of it.

      Just trying to keep it all in perspective. And also being a bit of a patootie in the process I guess.

  4. JonDecker Says:

    Just because a company makes a profit selling a single product using an infrastructure already in place, does not mean they intend on expanding that infrastructure. Capitalism or not, it is ridiculous when accounting for the 2yr cycling of these products.
    Apple can continue to use the same infrastructure they have to crank out a new, slightly different, product every year and convince everyone they’ve got to have it without bolstering anything more than their own pockets. Not saying that is wrong, but it’s not helping the economy at large like making a long lasting inexpensive product would be.
    I think the point here is not political but sociological. People should save their money and choose to spend it on products that last. By buying into the disposable nature of Apple products, the American populace is settling for something less than that $400 should be worth. If the average buyer chose quality and durability over cool and shnazzy the market could be driven again by the buyer and not by the advertiser.
    Parting shot…
    Apple is a cult, and you’re all a part of it.

    • J Says:

      Let’s keep ’em above the waist there, Jon. What is and is not worth $400 is up to your own opinions and personal preferences which we are all allowed to have. I did not set out to start (and will not have) a PC vs Mac flame war here.

    • Popgun Says:

      Well, I have owned many computers over the years. The one I’m typing this on is a MacBook Pro that is almost four years old – and I’m still happy with it’s performance. Downtime = zero, although I did have to buy a new battery pack.

      Apple does depend on creating innovative things as the force driving their extremely successful marketing campaign; but it is in fact quality stuff, not just bling. I switched to Mac because it saves me time every week compared to an equivalent Windows machine, not because it is ‘shiny’. Ask J; he’ll tell you that I am all about function, not form. Apple is succeeding because, not only are they innovative, but they produce quality products.

      Have a nice day!

      -Popgun

  5. Ali Says:

    *stops*

    *looks sadly down at her flamethrower–beautifully polished, primed, and ready to go*

    *walks away dejectedly, trailing the nozzle in the dirt behind her*

  6. missywilky Says:

    it’s actually only $199 with a two year contract or contract renewal.

    and since i ride the fence on capitalism/socialism in this facet (yes people have the right to choose what they deem valuable enough to spend their hard earned money on, yes people should be less selfish and more giving and philanthropic, no we can’t and shouldn’t guilt them into one or the other), i agree with both j and popgun.

    you guys should read atlas shrugged.

    • Popgun Says:

      Atlas Shrugged was a great book, if a little long winded. It is important in that it clearly lays out the fundamental understanding of capitalism vs socialism; and points out the strengths and weaknesses of both.

      I should point out that voluntary giving to help those in need is a whole different kettle of fish than socialism. Socialism is not voluntary, and is, in fact, stealing from some to give to others – for whatever justification.

      Socialism is morally corrupt by definition because it violates one of the ten commandments.

      Have a nice day!

      -Popgun

  7. Ali Says:

    *reappears in her Pol/Sci-Issued hornrimmed glasses, an earnest-and-beseeching-while-simultaneously-politically-militant smile on her face*

    *begins hanging flyers for next week’s Anarchists!Now meeting. . . and pauses to point out that Anarchy starts with an A–as all truly good words should*

    *mentions that she always felt that reading Ayn Rand was shockingly akin to exploring ideas with a jackhammer and steamroller–for good or ill*

    *waves and blows kisses to everyone*

  8. JonDecker Says:

    meh.

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