[OT] Market Share

Chipp Walters chipp at chipp.com
Sat Jul 1 18:48:49 EDT 2006


Hi Kay,

FTR, I was pretty much a Mac fanatic in the early days. My company
only used Macs and we did some things which at that time, could only
be done with Macs.

> "Voting with their wallet"

After my company got to 50 people, we started believing it unwise to
hold ourselves hostage to a single supplier, as evidenced by the fact
(at the time) Powerbooks had over a year backlog-- so I couldn't
purchase them for my sales people.

It really wasn't the cost of ownership (Macs were still VERY
expensive), but rather the business cost to us which forced the
change. Since then, I've used both Macs and PCs and I just happen to
prefer PCs (for a variety of reasons which I won't go into as I'm
really not interested in stoking a platform religious war).

One of the most positive things I've seen lately is their pricing on
MacBooks. For the first time since I can remember, Apple is very
competitively priced vs the PC world. This, IMO, bodes well for their
success. Now, I wish they would just fix their advertising campaign,
as I (and others) think it's somewhat offensive, and certainly not
something which would endear me to purchase a Mac. See the article on
SLATE:
http://www.slate.com/id/2143810/

BTW, just ran across another Apple Upbeat market share article which
claim Apple has less than 2% market share worldwide. Though it does
predict better market share to come:
http://yahoo.businessweek.com/technology/content/jun2006/tc20060615_080175.htm

I, too, enjoy this discussion :-)

-Chipp


> I believe it is universally accepted that one of the 'genius' decisions of
> Bill Gates was to go with the system that was open. Job's poor decision was
> to go with a closed system. People voted with their wallet and bought the
> cheapest they could - which invariable was not a branded IBM box.



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