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Apple's (AAPL) Roach Motel will at some point "prove less formidable than assumed," writes...

Apple's (AAPL) Roach Motel will at some point "prove less formidable than assumed," writes Holman Jenkins in the WSJ. As devices become cheaper, Apple's "bonanza-selling" of $600 devices will end and margins will start to fall sharply. Meanwhile, "picking a device won't mean locking yourself into an ecosystem."
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  • AngleSideSide
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    Roach motel? That would imply that they're building substandard products and don't care about the consumer.


    They day that consumers feel locked into a substandard ecosystem filled with mediocre products, I hope I'm out of the stock. Right now, it's a joy to be "locked" into that ecosystem full of premium products that just work the way I want them to.
    7 Mar 2012, 09:48 AM Reply Like
  • gdwigan
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    Excellent comment Angle. As with you there is a specific reason I choose to be "locked" into the Apple ecosystem. For me, it offers a better overall experience than everything else out there plain and simple.
    7 Mar 2012, 09:58 AM Reply Like
  • gigabob635
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    First time I have ever heard "Roach Motel" applied to the Apple Ecosystem. The reality is actually "Just works, So Simple and Adult can use it". This is due to design - which extends from simplicity of physical interface (One Button) to ease of graphical user interface. When other vendors finally catch up, they will be part of the growing Apple ecosystem that has moved from pricing directly for each unit to charging a hidden fee for each transaction across their platform - like google.
    7 Mar 2012, 10:25 AM Reply Like
  • berylrb
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    The other part of the ecosystem that author's don't seem to consider at all w/r to valuation is the IT angle. I'm now at my third company which moved from an all windows/windows exchange environment to first Google and now, present company, to the iCloud.


    So what exactly does "locking oneself into an ecosystem" mean, from an IT perspective that has historically been a good thing, eh?
    7 Mar 2012, 10:43 AM Reply Like
  • Yokyok
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    "locked into an ecosystem" means you foolishly pay double for everything
    7 Mar 2012, 11:38 AM Reply Like
  • Skippy09
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    "Roach motel"????
    What's he smokin'?
    7 Mar 2012, 12:35 PM Reply Like
  • dukeymom2
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    You sound so confident in your opinion. I have to agree with AngleSideSide and gdwigan. The first 2 reasons we use Apple products is that they "work right out of the box" and have excellent customer service. The second is that the innovations they provide change the way IT is done in a very short time. Sure, Apple will not be at the top of the game forever; it always happens. Nonetheless, it is great to have such wonderful products right now and to be able to expect this to continue as long as the visionary innovative attitude of the company continues to hold sway.
    10 Mar 2012, 02:42 PM Reply Like
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