I keep thinking of Perfect Storms and how the PC industry seems intent on destroying itself. Conspiring to double and triple HDD prices after a Thailand flood affects only a small percentage of that biz, but plunges sales for all other products… the fire in the Hynix plant and the almost doubling of world-wide RAM prices for a small bump in the production road.
Was it fifteen or so years ago that a Taiwan Earthquake disabled several RAM factories? Prices stuttered but came back in-line to keep a high-growth period going. THAT should have been The Lesson Learned. Instead, “let’s conspire to rip consumers off!” and then they complain when the fool-consumers don’t fall for the extravagant prices.
And Microsoft’s continual dumbing-down of a UI, insisting users shouldn’t be allowed to customize their own screen-objects, shouldn’t be allowed to view any entertainment without Ballmer’s DRM permission, shouldn’t be allowed to install software without Ballmer being notified and/or getting a slice.
“Gee - why isn’t the PC biz flourishing? People are spending so much on other gadgets!”
The rule still exists: Consumers still prefer to buy what they want, not “the only thing available”. Especially when it’s NOT the only thing…