Dvorak mourns CompUSA’s passing, warns Apple should pay attention

“I was saddened by the timeline announced for shutting down CompUSA, but wasn’t in the least surprised,” John Dvorak writes for MarketWatch.

“As I have said in columns here and elsewhere, the idea of a computer megastore working is sketchy. Investors in Apple Inc. should pay attention,” Dvorak writes.

MacDailyNews Take: Thanks, but we’ll pass on advice from the world’s preeminent bloated gas bag who once stated, “The Macintosh uses an experimental pointing device called a mouse. There is no evidence that people want to use these things.”

Regardless of the complete uselessness of his advice and his total lack of integrity, Mr. “I Bait Mac Users For Hits” plods on with, “I have been to CompUSA dozens of times and rarely found what I needed. The store cannot carry enough weird cables or esoteric tanks of printer ink; no one can.”

MacDailyNews Take: Apple obviously can, you oaf.

Dvorak continues, “Competing with the Internet. Most savvy computer users shop for much of their hardware online. The Net works like a mall in a way that makes it hard to compete. Say you have some random item you need to find. A search engine will locate the one merchant that has it.”

MacDailyNews Take: Yes, John, and for Apple, 9 times out of 10, that would be Apple Store Online. How will Apple ever manage to compete?

Dvorak’s not done yet, “My concern is that the Apple stores are getting too big… It began these high-end stores with the spectacular glass-cube place in New York — an architectural delight on very expensive 5th Avenue real estate — and now has fancy new digs in the meatpacking district, incorporating a stunning, three-story glass staircase. While things are all working out for Apple during the iPod era, if there is any sort of slump the company will have to deal with what could be a herd of white elephants. It’s something investors need to monitor.”

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Surely Apple investors are hanging upon John Dvorak’s every utterance. After all, this is the man who said in 1998, “Folks, the Mac platform is through – totally,” which, of course, means that AAPL has only multiplied about 25 times since John delivered his sage advice. Yes, Apple investors, especially those who listened to him in 1998, simply must love John Dvorak. More recently, the Round Mound of Unsound advised Apple to “Pull the plug on iPhone.” More great advice, John.

Newsflash: Apple knows what they’re doing and John C. Dvorak, as usual, knows nothing about Apple.

A few flagship stores in large cities is hardly “getting too big” and Apple’s retail store network is nothing at all like CompUSA’s was. Was. Apple’s stores generate over four times the sales per square foot of Best Buy, over seven times those of Neiman Marcus, and 66% more than Tiffany’s! CompUSA stores are currently generating liquidation sales; probably their best sales in years.


  1. Ummm who takes this guy seriously? Please see what he said back about the mouse on the Mac.

    “The Macintosh uses an experimental pointing device called a ‘mouse.’ There is no evidence that people want to use these things.” – John C. Dvorak, Feb 1984

  2. to be honest – and as a firm mac user – i have to agree with at least the headline…

    the computer market is different to any other – why are WinPC bricks and mortar stores not doing well?… because the market has become saturated. And online sales took over.

    If Apple reaches a massive market share they will have saturated their own market… and their online store will be used by more people.

    at them moment they are in a transitional phase – people are ‘coming’ to the world of mac – and thats why they need all the bricks and mortar stores – they are essentially a place to demo the machines…

    but what happens 7 or 8 years from now?…

  3. A Self-help guru once said, “Behind every problem lurks an opportunity.”

    Now we all know John C. casts a large shadow, and behind that spherical umbra must be something besides methane. I say humor, for this guy has carved out a lucrative niche with hyperbole, wincing illogic, and hypergolic prediction.

    I see great opportunity, indeed! Time to crank out a barbed site.

  4. Here’s some advice: DON”T click… don’t give him the hits.

    My concern is that the Apple stores are getting too big…

    I seriously doubt that D’Forjack is concerned in the slightest about anything accept online profile.

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