Should’ve Bought Apple Stock

23:49 Fri 11 Mar 2011. Updated: 00:50 12 Mar 2011
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This is actually a little painful to go through: a list of Apple hardware prices combined with what that many dollars’ worth of Apple stock at the time would be worth today.

I bought a PowerBook G4 800 DVI-Ti in 2002; it was and remains the most expensive machine I’ve ever purchased. It’s certainly served me well, and I still have it, but if I’d put that money into Apple stock at the time, my Apple stock would now be worth a shade over $72000.

Even though I’m posting it, I’m not sure what the point of this chart is. It’s not useful for predicting the future, so really it seems like a comprehensive exercise in enabling regret, but regret is one of the least useful states of mind. It might fire our dopamine receptors and convince us we’re gaining information, but it’s low-value information. Despite this realization, my feeling of “why didn’t I even consider buying Apple stock at the time?” is strong enough right now that I’m going to post it anyway.

One Response to “Should’ve Bought Apple Stock”

  1. Kevin Teljeur Says:

    Forget your measly notebook; what about the £3.5k I spent in 1998? The shares were worth less then, as far as I know. Apple was really on the ropes then. I’d be loaded now!

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