If You Bought Apple Stock Instead of Products – NYTimes.com

Apple Stock comparisonscreenshot via Kyle Conroy A chart shows the cost of Apple products versus today’s stock gains.

Let us pretend for a moment that the year is 1997 and you’re in the market for a new laptop computer. You want the top-of-the-line product at the time, so you opt for the newly released Apple Computer PowerBook G3 250 laptop. This revolutionary piece of technology, which comes with a 250-megahertz processor and a whopping 5 gigabytes of storage, will set you back $5,700.

If you held onto that laptop until today you would probably be able to sell it on eBay for about $50.

Now imagine that instead of buying the Apple PowerBook in 1997, you decided to spend $5,700 on Apple stock. You would have done a little better. Indeed, today your Apple stock would be worth $330,563. Probably makes you think twice buying about that laptop.

This article certainly made me stop and think, about missed opportunities and all the macs I bought….