iPad? What If You Bought Apple Stock Instead?

Thinking about buying a new iPad 2 or Powerbook?

Consider this table below, via Kyle Conroy. 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

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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