Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Jun 2012 16:24 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Another fantastic article at The Verge, this time covering Vizio in-depth, written by Nilay Patel. "Vizio is one of the best-kept secrets in consumer technology. The tiny Southern California company consistently sells the most HDTVs in America, but it's a sure bet that you know virtually nothing about it. Hell, most people don't even know Vizio is an American company, even though all but three of its 417 employees work in the US."
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RE[2]: Yeppers.
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 15th Jun 2012 17:02 UTC in reply to "RE: Yeppers."
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I've explained this to you before. There's so much involved with selling internationally, you wouldn't believe. Every product has to be licensed, checked, pass regulations, etc. etc. Even merely just shipping it can be hell; for instance, I have to pay several hundreds of euros tax on computers I order from the US. To circumvent this, a company has to set up a distribution chain - which is insanely difficult, especially for complicated electronics.

Not even Apple can pull of a truly international launch - they usually launch in like 10 countries first, followed by another 20-30 a few months later - with the rest of the world in stages. And Apple is the largest company in the world!

How do you think a small company like Vizio - virtually still a startup by looking just at age - is going to do that?

I agree that it sucks, but it's the way it is.

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