It always confuses me why they act like homemade is better than a machine simply because the people in charge of the homemade broke the machine. If they'd actually had a fair contest the so-called con ponies would have won fairly, making more of the same-quality stuff for way less work. But I guess "in real life, technology ISN'T the devil!" is a bad moral. Until someone notices that TV shows are a horrible and hypocritical place to whine about how new things are wrong, of course.
I think the moral of this story is: 1) Do not let your pride control you, do not let yourself be easy provoked, do not be naive. Apple family did not need to take challenge, but a few words from those two and it they risked entire farm, it just prove how smart businessman without much morals can trick and beat hard working farmers. 2) Do not be greedy, make sure you give high quality product to customers to leave good first impression. Those 2 Unicorns give totally unfair business offer to Apple family, and if they would give high quality cider they made in the beginning instead of giving the trash one they made later, they would win, so if you are sneaky and tricky in doing business, make sure to not do stupid mistakes like that.
3) Do not be overconfident. Those two were so overconfident that they accepted rules what was they downfall.
So yea, I thin technology being evil is not the moral of the story, I would be rather concerned that those who use technology and do business may be lazy and greedy, that they can cheat and trick, when many hard working farmers what do it in traditional way still hold to morals and do not want to participate in rat race for money.
Dear Princess Celestia, Today, I learned how to take advantage of loopholes presented by unwary ponies. More importantly, I have learned the importance of guarding your speech so as not to allow an unscrupulous con-pony the chance to take advantage of an idle slip of the tongue. Your faithful (and grateful) student; Twilight Sparkle
PS: Please tell Luna that her share of the profits will be arriving shortly.
actually that was the back up plan. if flim and flam said not to the others offering their help to applejack. she would instigate 'code apple'. which involves teleporting Braeburn to the top of the mountain to scream out "AAAAAAAAAPPLE FAMILY".
they still would have failed though, as the apple family would only make what there cutie marks said they were good at. -- GO TEAM TARGARYEN it is a known fact that luna is best pony never cross a man with a ninja army "power exists were men believe it to exist. it is a trick, a shadow on the wall" -varys