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Friday, August 5, 2011
Best Stock Market Tip I can give
After the drop in the stock market yesterday you probably think I am going to recommend staying away from stocks. And although we may all stop looking at the value of our stock investments after this last week I have seen something that made me feel there is a company that is doing just fine.
I have always tried to be an “early adopter” of new technology when it came to computers and applications. I have been Skyping for a couple of years, got a Gmail account when they first came out and went to digital cameras when they only had 3.2 mega pixels. Got a computer from Radio Shack when you had to program you own programs and save data to a tape cassette. But for some reason I still have never purchased a smart phone. Somehow I have always resented the amount I send to Verizon every month and the thought of sending them more money has made me hold back. But I have had “smart phone envy” for a long time. When I sit in an airport and see everyone checking their emails on their phones I feel behind the times. Especially when I see teenagers with their own smart phones. Now I am noticing that many of the people at meetings have IPads. Am I the only one still stuck with an out of date laptop?
So recently I decided to get with the program and look at joining the smart phone crowd. But the dilemma now is to I start with a smart phone first or go with an Ipad? I know most people will say I need both because they have different uses but I don’t want to shell out the money for both.
So off I go to the Apple store in the Columbia Mall to see which I want to purchase and to play around with both. This is what led me to the conclusion about buying a certain stock. As I approached the store I was amazed at the number of people in the store. There must have been a dozen store assistants each helping groups of shoppers. It looked like the last shopping day before Christmas except it was July. No “one on one” help here. Except for myself and one or two others everyone looked high school or college age. I hung around for about 15 minutes thinking maybe things would thin out and I could get to talk with one of the store personnel but it only got worse.
So all of you ought there---should I start with a smart phone or an IPad?
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