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iPad? What If You Bought Apple Stock Instead?

Posted By Barry Ritholtz On March 13, 2011 @ 8:19 am In Investing,Technology,Valuation | Comments Disabled

Thinking about buying a new iPad 2 or Powerbook?

Consider this table below, via Kyle Conroy [1]. It shows what that purchase would have been worth if you had bought AAPL instead of their product and held it to today:

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Apple Product Release Date Original Price Stock Value Today
PowerBook G3 250 (3500) 1997-11-10 $5700 $330,563
Mac Server G3 266 Minitower 1998-03-02 $4499 $214,141
Mac Server G3 300 Minitower 1998-03-17 $4999 $205,444
Power Macintosh G3 266 Minitower 1997-11-10 $3000 $173,981
PowerBook G3 292 (Wallstreet) 1998-05-06 $4599 $164,320
Mac Server G3 233 Minitower 1998-03-02 $3349 $159,404
PowerBook G3 300 (PDQ – Late 1998) 1998-09-01 $4999 $158,720
Mac Server G3 333 Minitower 1998-09-01 $4599 $146,020
Power Macintosh G3 233 Desktop 1997-11-10 $2400 $139,185
Power Macintosh G3 233 Minitower 1997-11-10 $2400 $139,185
Power Macintosh G3 266 Desktop 1997-11-10 $2400 $139,185
PowerBook G3 266 (PDQ – Late 1998) 1998-09-01 $3499 $111,094
Mac Server G3 400 (Blue & White) 1999-01-05 $4999 $125,012
Mac Server G3 450 (Blue & White) 1999-06-01 $4999 $120,882
PowerBook G3 250 (Wallstreet) 1998-05-06 $2979 $106,438
Power Macintosh G3 300 Desktop 1998-03-17 $2750 $113,017
Power Macintosh G3 300 Minitower 1998-03-17 $2399 $98,592
PowerBook G3 233 (PDQ – Late 1998) 1998-09-01 $2799 $88,869
Mac Server G3 350 (Blue & White) 1999-01-05 $3299 $82,499
PowerBook G3 233 (Wallstreet) 1998-05-06 $2299 $82,142

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That is only the first 20; a huge table is at KYLE CONROY DOT COM [1]

Of course, this doesn’t work with every company. You could have purchased stock in GM, Wang or Planet Hollywood instead of buying their products . . .


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[1] Kyle Conroy: http://www.kyleconroy.com/apple-stock.php

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