Apple Mines Big Profits From Watch Band

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I was going to poke fun at the people spending $50 - $150 on a watch band that costs $2 to make but, if spending that kind of money on an Apple Watch band makes them happy, more power to them.

Nearly 20 percent of Apple Watch buyers are not only shelling out hundreds of dollars for the timepiece but are springing for a spare band too, giving the tech giant a profitable second dip into customers' wallets, according to data provided exclusively to Reuters.
 

Kaitian

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Sure I'll buy Apple products from time to time but the watch is not one of those.
 

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I too by apple products once in a while. Just last week I bought an apple pie...mmmmmmmmmmmm.

Let's talk more about pie. Remember how awesome Mcdonald's apple pies were when they were deep fried?
 

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Let's talk more about pie. Remember how awesome Mcdonald's apple pies were when they were deep fried?

Didn't the get in trouble for making people with no self control who didn't exercise get fat for selling stuff like that?
 

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I always find it funny how companies are allowed to make money.

Except Apple.
 

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I don't fault Apple in the least for this, People are dumb.

That said, this is why anytime I'm looking to buy a watch (not that this is), I want a metal bracelet. I'll consider a really high grade leather strap sometimes if the watch isn't too expensive. Rubber however isn't acceptable on anything sub $200 with exception to Dive watches. You want to come at me with that crap on a $500-$1000+ Watch and you can just fuck right off.
 

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Didn't the get in trouble for making people with no self control who didn't exercise get fat for selling stuff like that?

I used to love the Apple pies, I used to buy a burger and a couple pies when they where 2/$1
Healthier than a large fry.
 

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I used to love the Apple pies, I used to buy a burger and a couple pies when they where 2/$1
Healthier than a large fry.

I've never really liked pies, but McDonalds pies are like super delicious. I used to drive past a McDonalds on my way to get groceries so I'd stop on the way back and be like "OM-NOM-NOM!!!" when leaving their drive thru. They aren't as bad as a huge bucket of salty fries, but yeah, it's so easy to end up with a muffin top waistline doing that all the time.
 

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It's been awhile... but last time I checked, Whataburger still fry's their apply pies.
 

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this is why you should've invested in AAPL years ago.

Apple knows how to cater to stupid people.
 

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That blue pleather band is hideous. Who buys this crap?

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That blue pleather band is hideous. Who buys this crap?

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Cultists.
 

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They're a luxury brand, not a tech one. Just like one of those hideous brown Coach or Louis Vuitton purses with their stupid logo all over the side.

It's the best way to say, "I have so much money I can spend obscene amounts of it on stupid worthless bullshit that is purposefully less useful than a less-costly option."
 

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this is why you should've invested in AAPL years ago.

Apple knows how to cater to stupid people.

Pretty much this, problems and exploits seem to disappear on the net like nothing happened. Yet people still believe they have a 100% secure system and the tech they are getting is a head of its time.

I just don't get it really.
 

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I always find it funny how some people think $50 to $150 is a lot of money.

That's pretty commonplace of people who are older and have a perspective of prices that ignores the last few decades of inflation. Though there are people out there who only make like $60 to $90k a year and to them that seem like a high price when combined with their car payments, mortgages, and multiple communications bills (along with nicotine and alcohol addictions they deny having). :p
 

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Value it relative just because $50 is worth less now than it was 40 years ago doesn't mean that $50 is not expensive, if I tried to sell you a hamburger for $50 would you say oh $50 is nothing now days? $50 is a lot of money if you are talking about a watch band made of shitty fake leather no matter how you look at it. Also every person I personally know who went deep into credit card debt, did it $5-$50 at a time. They didn't go buy a boat, the shit just added up really fast.

And of course uncle trolls the numbers.
 

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I'm just pointing out that a people will perceive any amount of money differently which is based on a bunch of different factors including their age, their understanding of economies and inflation (or lack thereof), their expenses, and their income. For some people, even having a lower middle class income of around $80k makes a lot of fun purchases totally out of their reach because they want to try to keep up with higher social classes by buying extensively on credit (both small and large purchases...they all add up regardless of amounts and contribute to overall financial pressure) and they have poor decision making skills or a tendency to get addicted to expensive mind altering substances like nicotine or booze. Combine that with a horde of a couple of ultra-expensive children and they're stressed out, have debt far surpassing many years of their potential earnings (lots of them ignore their home mortgage bills as debt to feel better about that amount which is sorta funny, but hugely sad too) and are just burnouts who can't see any future except a treadmill of working to keep creditors from beating down the door of the building they live in that the bank still owns. To those kinds of people, who are usually also much older, what they think is a lot of money really is $100 because they literally can't afford to spend that amount between any given paycheck they and their equally burned out spouse earn together. That's not trolling, that's just how a ton of people in America actively choose to live.
 

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That's pretty commonplace of people who are older and have a perspective of prices that ignores the last few decades of inflation. Though there are people out there who only make like $60 to $90k a year and to them that seem like a high price when combined with their car payments, mortgages, and multiple communications bills (along with nicotine and alcohol addictions they deny having). :p

Dude where do you live that considers $90k lower middle class? The median household income in the US is just over $50k. I thought I was doing pretty good, but apparently I'm lower middle class.
 

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Dude where do you live that considers $90k lower middle class? The median household income in the US is just over $50k. I thought I was doing pretty good, but apparently I'm lower middle class.

We're actually talking about that in another thread...the one about Intel layoffs and heatlesssun just mentioned the same thing about median income. Anyhow, I live in like hicksville Pennsylvania where stuff is pretty cheap compared to Seattle where I was from before. The fact that an entire household is only making like 50k is scary. Like I said elsewhere, I have no mortgage, a cheap junky old car, no cell phone, no cable TV, and basically just like pay electricity and broadband through DSL plus rent and I feel pinched constantly to meet retirement savings goals so I can stop working in like 50 years (or whatever) and be able to feed cats plus pay for the occasional new computer. I mean its nice to know that I'm doing better than the median, but its pretty scary to know how little people have to spend. :(
 

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Dude where do you live that considers $90k lower middle class? The median household income in the US is just over $50k. I thought I was doing pretty good, but apparently I'm lower middle class.

don't fall for his troll
 

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We're actually talking about that in another thread...the one about Intel layoffs and heatlesssun just mentioned the same thing about median income. Anyhow, I live in like hicksville Pennsylvania where stuff is pretty cheap compared to Seattle where I was from before. The fact that an entire household is only making like 50k is scary. Like I said elsewhere, I have no mortgage, a cheap junky old car, no cell phone, no cable TV, and basically just like pay electricity and broadband through DSL plus rent and I feel pinched constantly to meet retirement savings goals so I can stop working in like 50 years (or whatever) and be able to feed cats plus pay for the occasional new computer. I mean its nice to know that I'm doing better than the median, but its pretty scary to know how little people have to spend. :(

I'd be hard-pressed to disagree with you there. My parents' combined income was below the median growing up, but they managed it fairly well without taking advantage of any welfare programs, except for WIC, which we were very grateful for. But growing up knowing your parents can't afford to send you to college, or buy you a reliable first car, or a car at all, amongst many other things, is a very scary thing. It casts a huge shadow on your future compared to kids who have all those opportunities already laid out for them. You either learn to make the most of it and adapt, or you fail.
 

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I'd be hard-pressed to disagree with you there. My parents' combined income was below the median growing up, but they managed it fairly well without taking advantage of any welfare programs, except for WIC, which we were very grateful for. But growing up knowing your parents can't afford to send you to college, or buy you a reliable first car, or a car at all, amongst many other things, is a very scary thing. It casts a huge shadow on your future compared to kids who have all those opportunities already laid out for them. You either learn to make the most of it and adapt, or you fail.

Well, my parents were middle class but they had this huge divorce thing that dragged on and on for years before they finally split up so yeah, I ended up paying for college myself and working. It's turning out okay so far since I did the whole IT thing through a series of hugely lucky breaks. I guess the thing with me is that if I didn't insist on putting like a third of my money into retirement stuff and savings, I'd have a lot more to waste, but it seems so not smart to blow it on things I don't need.
 
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