Steve Jobs, con artist or visionary?

So we all have an Apple product in our life, or have had at some point.

Since my first iPod purchase in 2006 I have owned no less than 9 iPods (shuffles, nano’s and classics) and one iPhone.  It wouldn’t take a rocket scientist to work out how much money I have handed over to the company founded by Steve Jobs in the past 8 years.  sadly, Apple products are not built to last.  Perhaps they are not designed to last?

Only six months before Jobs passed away in 2011, his net worth was valued at over US$8.3 BILLION.  The Apple brand name is currently valued at over US$530 BILLION, making it the largest and wealthiest company in the world by a country mile.

Way back in 1999 I purchased this Sony discman for a reasonable price of $99.  That’s 15 years ago and, I can asure you it has been taken all over the world and worked into the ground.  Unlike Apple products, it has lasted the test of time.

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It’s got me thinking as to weather or not Steve Jobs was a plain and simple con man.  Apple shares currently sit at $676 a share.  Impressive yes?  But for a company that has a poor track record in product longevity and an equally poor record in customer service when your Apple product backfires, did Steve Jobs sell the world up river?

It’s a question worth asking.  At the time of his death Jobs was lauded as a “true visionary”, “a pioneer” and “man of our times” by leading news agencies around the world.  Just about any man, woman or child with access to social media was showing an out pouring of emotion at his passing.

Looking back, I feel as though I was duped into the Apple sales physcology.  Looking forward, I see Apple as nothing more than a cash cow promoting and selling fraudulently overpriced products with minimal customer service support and almost no interest in providing quality and long lasting products.

For now, I am happy to stick with my clunky old Sony discman.  At least it lasts the distance…….

 

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