Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Sep 2010 20:24 UTC
Legal Well, this was rather unexpected. As it turns out, Commodore USA's CEO Barry Altman isn't particularly pleased about the article I wrote earlier today in which I placed a considerable amount of scepticism with regards to Commodore USA and its business (and website). He (not his lawyer) sent us a threatening email demanding we take down the article, post a new correction article, the whole shebang. The entire email - as an image, you'll want the original formatting - after the break. Our reply? We refer you to the reply given in the case of Arkell v. Pressdram.
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Bill Shooter of Bul
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I understand what you are saying, but its not a good idea. To a certain extent, image matters. It is a n industry where vaporware is an everyday occurance. There is always some company tryign to market their small, relatively insignificant product idea as the next big thing. If you really do have a decent product, your goal should be to not look like a vaporware company. Comodore USA presents its self as a company that isn't well financed and doesn't have a clue how to present itself as a company or its products. I don't have much confidence in them as a company. I am not willing to risk buying a piece of hardware from a company that will not be around to support it ( or even ship it).

A new company that doesn't look like it will survive very long as a company is the very definition of shady. Now, that does not mean I think they are a con. That really depends on your definition of con. I thik many small companies are trying to con venture capitalists into getting funding. That doesn't mean that they are trying to take consumers money without providing the product. It means they are trying to take the consumers money, to convince venture capitalists to give them significantly more money, in order to really afford to make the products that they've promised to make for the consumer. That's definitely shady. As someone who wants to protect fellow consumers, I could not in good conciousness recommend the products to anyone else, and fell compelled to advise them the reasons for avoiding them.

Is that harsh? Yes, very. Starting a business is not easy. Most fail. You have a very limited window of opportunity to succeed. All mistakes are increasingly more damaging the earlier you make them. Google can afford the failure of wave. Commodore, may not survive their crappy website and juvenile behaviour of their ceo.

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