hamei wrote:Gods of finance ? Fiduciary responsibility to the shareholders (aka ME !!) ? Where do you think all that "free market" crap comes from ? When you put up those pap slogans, you're going to get called on their source. It's not part of economic theory and never has been until the kleptocrats set up propaganda mills to indoctrinate the masses.
What the hell are you spouting on about? A free and efficient market is at the core of many economic models. We don't have a free market now, it's laced with restrictions and plenty of governments manipulating things behind the scenes (The US and China are equally guilty. China may openly manipulate their currency but to say the US Federal Reserve doesn't is a bold-faced lie), but if you're so goddamn smart, what do YOU think a market should be based on? Sunshine and unicorn farts? How do YOU think it should work?
Apple, as a company, requires MONEY to operate. People invest their money in a company because they recognize a certain value in the ideas and resources of the organization. A business can operate without investors, but it's much, much harder to grow.
Apple's leadership determines short- and long-term goals around which to focus their actions. One of those goals should always be MAXIMZING SHAREHOLDER VALUE, because guess what, if no one gets any value out of an investment, why the hell would they keep their money in it and end up losing? For good karma? Just for shits and giggles? Christ, you act like the concept of investing, borrowing and lending for gain, is so new, so foreign to the world, that clearly it could only have been the product of those "evil KKKapitalists in the US of A". You're beyond help if you think that.
If people like Apple's strategy and their overpriced shit, they will buy Apple's overpriced shit. Apple will make a (very large) profit on that overpriced shit. Apple's investors will see the value of their stake in the company increase as a result.
What the hell is escaping you in all this? Do they not teach you basic economics where you're from? Or are you just told to be a good little worker drone and take your seat on the assembly line, and please don't jump out the window on your lunch break?
You are a bitter person. You take every opportunity to be a pedantic little shitface about everything. "Don't post eBay links, it rips people off, I have to pay more, WAH WAH WAH, keep it a secret so I get a better deal." You pick shit out to bitch and moan about and frankly, it pisses me the fuck off. You have the biggest rod up your ass I've ever seen. Seek help for your many deep-rooted problems.