Netbooks Sell Well but Don't Make Money

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nekollx

 boo hoo i'm not making as much money on my over priced notebook as i could have boooo hoooo

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Black Lable 69

I'd say its a good thing, it gives people who wouldn't be able to afford a laptop otherwise a chance & not just in the States. Also, while there are power users out there, most people I know simply want to finish something for work, school or browse online. Its not like everyone out there needs a PC for "Video Editing" or "Gaming" although its fun to have that. That's why Acer made a smart move by putting a 160GB hard drive in its Aspire One. & if you hook up an external large monitor like I did for my wife, if all she does is stuff for work, school or online crap then its fine.

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Wildebeast

1. Since the price of "factory repair," on notebooks has been sky-high for a long time, a lot of independent repair people won't crack open a notebook ---or only if it's to replace the LCD or keyboard; Low profit margins on these machines makes a lot of sense to me. (Relatively, they're kind of "disposable" PCs.)

2. If they were/are willing to sell netbooks on such narrow margins, it kinda sounds to me like the manufacturers --maybe-- can afford to sell all their "portable" products on similar margins. Maybe they could have, quite some time ago --they've just preferred to maximize profit.

I read this as Capitalist "market forces." It's not like they could stock-pile the components for these, instead of selling off stock, and expect to get a bigger profit in 6-12 months. (It's possible they could, but I certainly wouldn't put MY money on that.)

It's nice, that the consumer is benefiting from these things, for once...

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Havok

 I'm pro netbooking, AS A SECONDARY COMPUTER, much like an all in one, something for browsing the web in a nice little small package. Where I work, so many consumers look at a cheap little netbook, then a larger HP or Toshiba and think, 'what's the difference? why pay twice the price as a netbook for a laptop or a tower?"Try explaining that to your average country bumpkin. No easy feat. Netbooks are cool, but they're gonna pound a stake into the laptop/desktop market FOREVER. OEMs, (who sometimes already use secondhand or cheap quality parts to save a buck) are only going to slash prices and deliver inferior products to suffice the 'netbook' needs, as far as pricing goes at least...

 

 

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