Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 2nd Sep 2006 19:43 UTC, submitted by Saad
Amiga & AROS The Amiga changed the computer industry. It was based on a multitasking operating system, rivaled the graphics power of some workstations and was affordable enough for home users. Unfortunately, Commodore struggled to maintain Amiga's lead, and through a number of bizarre business decisions (refusing to license the Amiga design to Sun), went bankrupt. Read about the history of the Commodore Amiga at Low End Mac.
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RE[3]: The real history
by tonymus on Sun 3rd Sep 2006 15:17 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: The real history"
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2006-01-15

"The Amiga in the states was very popular. There were several Computer shops, including Software Etc., and EB selling Amiga systems and software in the day. Far more shops sold Amiga in my city then, then they do selling Macs in this area today. There were also quite a large selection of mail order shops too."

I want to amplify this just a bit. Back in the 1986-1989 time frame, there were plenty of place to buy Amiga computers in the US, from upscale department stores to speciality computer shops. There was a chain of 5 computer stores local to the Hartford, CT area that sold mostly Amiga and Commodore computers, and they certainly did well for awhile. There were also legendary computer stores, such as Memory Location out of Wellesley, MA that did great business in Amiga and related peripherals; they had the largest selection I've seen.

I'm of the opionion that the Amiga 1000 (I had one, and it's still one of the best looking computers ever made) and Amiga 2000 sold reasonably well in the US, the A 500 sold better, and the others were mostly niche machines. Commodore's biggest problem was that Irving Gould and the other chief executive there (Mendhi??? -sorry) siphoned all of the profits out of the company through executive compensation, leaving little money for R&D or even cash flow. During one time in the 80s, these guys were taking out as much in compensation as IBM executive (Lou Gerstner?). Every company needs a cash horde to survive poorly received products, and Commodore simply didn't have one...

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