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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Yeppers.
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 15th Jun 2012 16:38 UTC
Thom_Holwerda
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2005-06-29

It's like our tablet was just called the Vizio Tablet. Don't waste money on marketing, just tell people what it is.


This. A million times this.

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RE: Yeppers.
by kaiwai on Fri 15th Jun 2012 16:52 in reply to "Yeppers."
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Too bad they don't ship outside of the United States - the management of Vizio have ensured that their computers never see the light of day outside of the United States.

Honestly, what the f--k is up with people running organisations who refuse to see their potential market as the whole world and instead erect barriers for potential customers? I swear these are the same dickheads who design downloadable video and audio stores but ignore the fact that the internet is international.

Edited 2012-06-15 16:52 UTC

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RE[2]: Yeppers.
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 15th Jun 2012 17:02 in reply to "RE: Yeppers."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

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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