“With the ‘fiscal cliff’ looming, taxpayers are wringing their hands about all sorts of things. Income taxes might rise, dividends might get walloped, lifetime gift-tax exemptions might get slashed,” Chris Taylor writes for Reuters. “But when it comes to immediate impact on their wallets, maybe they should be thinking about something else entirely: The Apple tax.”
“Americans are shelling out big bucks annually to outfit the entire household with Apple products. And they are spending hundreds – if not thousands of dollars – more each year for the unexpected Apple “taxes” — add-ons that lock them into the Apple system: iTunes downloads for music, movies and games, along with subscriptions and accessories,” Taylor writes. “Then there are the replacement costs for lost or broken equipment. For a family with multiple children, each with their own technological needs, the total annual bill can get downright ugly — like going over a familial ‘fiscal cliff.'”
“In 2011, the average amount U.S. households spent on Apple products was $444, according to Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty. That figure has been rising smartly every year. In 2010 it was $295. Back in 2007, it was only $150,” Taylor writes. “And we might only be seeing the beginning. If Apple rolls out its own HDTV, as expected, Huberty sees annual Apple spending by households doubling, to $888 by 2015… Remember, this is not something that consumers are being forced to pay. They are dipping willingly into their own pockets, because they’re essentially slaves to the devices.”
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MacDailyNews Take: How much did Apple’s competitors pay for this pile of crap?
Yes, let’s all stop buying from Apple Inc. The 598,500 U.S. jobs that Apple has created/supported can just evaporate – that’ll be just great for this (or any) U.S. economy. Everyone can just spend the money they save not buying Apple products on providing assistance to the former Apple/Apple-supported unemployed. (But, oh, that’ll cost you about fifty times more – have a nice day!)
Newsflash: Some people actually use Apple products to – gasp! – make money. Imagine that. Most of our Apple devices are our very stylish slaves, minimalist minions that generate many times more than they cost upfront or to maintain (right around $0). Other Apple devices that we have mostly for our own enjoyment (Apple TV, iPods, iPad mini, etc.) deliver high quality and value for the money.
Here’s a shocker: If you can’t afford something, don’t buy it. Don’t blame Apple for making world-beating products for which people line up around the block. People blow a lot more money each year on shit that offers nothing in return or even costs them more money, time and/or good health.