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    whmurray, you're absolutely right that the iPods are NOT the greatest value, and neither will the iPhone. The Treo 750 isn't really that great of a value either, given the specs of the 8525. But its that intangible goodness that sets these devices apart and allows them to have the premium pricetag. It's like intangible assets that a company creates itself - since accounting rules don't allow companies to recognize internally created intangibles on the balance sheet, many financial statement users won't see the inherent value of the company. But for those who know, they're the ones that bring the stock up to the correct market value. Same thing with these Treos and iPods.
  2. #142  
    Quote Originally Posted by gadgetluva View Post
    whmurray, you're absolutely right that the iPods are NOT the greatest value, and neither will the iPhone. The Treo 750 isn't really that great of a value either, given the specs of the 8525. But its that intangible goodness that sets these devices apart and allows them to have the premium pricetag. It's like intangible assets that a company creates itself - since accounting rules don't allow companies to recognize internally created intangibles on the balance sheet, many financial statement users won't see the inherent value of the company. But for those who know, they're the ones that bring the stock up to the correct market value. Same thing with these Treos and iPods.
    The stock market values Apple at 32 times earnings. For comparison only, it values Palm at 16 times earnings. One reason that Apple commands such a high multiple is that it is its own only competition. Apple products sell at list until Apple introduces their replacement product. I can think of no other technology company that can do this.

    iPhone buyers will recognize that the difference in the list price of an iPhone over a comparable Treo is a fraction of the total cost of ownership.
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