One million iPhones sold and counting. That’s incredible
In an overcrowded and over hyped market sector Apple didn’t just get one million people to buy a cellphone. They got them to stop using perfectly good ones in order to buy an iPhone.
What do you do with an ‘old’ cellphone? Actually, could there be a feel-good recycling angle here? What about sending those phones to third-world countries to be distributed free - though I suspect the cellphone manufacturers of the world would turn white around the gills if that notion ever gained traction.
I bought a DVD player some years ago for a pricey $800 or so. It played DVDs and that was about it. I could make them go fast, I could make them go slow - although watching a DVD go very slowly rather defeats the point of watching a movie. Then, well actually three years later, after some heavy-duty use, (I was in baby-manufacturing/maintenance mode at the time), it just stopped playing.
So I took it to a shop that fixed electronic things. The guy looked at my DVD and without even picking it up told me prices had crashed so much it was not worth even trying to fix; it was cheaper to just go out and buy another one.
I was suspicious of course, (this was a nearly-$900-and-only three-year-old DVD), but when another technician at another electronic-type shop gave me exactly the same diagnosis I had to admit defeat. So it was upgrade time and for less than one-quarter of the cost of my first DVD player I had a bright, shiny new machine.
Did I feel ripped off? An $800 investment reduced to zilch. Not at all. Over the three years that I heard people wonder if DVDs really were worth buying and thus dispensing with their VCR, I already knew the answer. "Yes. Do it now! The picture quality is better the sound is better and then there are all the features and cast commentaries included on DVD." The DVD format made VCR seem ancient - as with CDs and vinyl.
Technology, it moves so fast. What was great say five years ago isn’t worth a dime today. Or so they say.
When flat-screen TVs arrived, well I just had to have one and we became a two-TV family until 'old-clunker' - exiled to the dining room - fizzled out. From my DVD experience I figured that a 26-inch colour TV that weighed an awful lot and was nine years old, was not going to be worth fixing.
Old technology; it’s not worth anything. Right?
Well no. Somebody certainly thought my old TV had some value, because when I put it out on the grass verge it was picked up and taken away within 20 minutes.
Now, that’s what I call Fast Moving Technology no matter how old it is.
PS: It’s Halloween tonight. If the kids come a-knocking offer them fresh fruit instead of sweets. Let’s make this a healthy Halloween.