Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Jul 2013 09:12 UTC
Google "Google's Chromebook was dismissed as a bare-bones laptop with limited appeal when it debuted two years ago. Now it's defying skeptics and gaining share as the rest of the personal-computer market shrinks. Chromebooks have in just the past eight months snagged 20 percent to 25 percent of the U.S. market for laptops that cost less than $300, according to NPD Group Inc. The devices, which have a full keyboard and get regular software updates from Google, are the fastest-growing part of the PC industry based on price, NPD said."
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RE[3]: Comment by smashIt
by chithanh on Thu 11th Jul 2013 12:54 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by smashIt"
chithanh
Member since:
2006-06-18

where does it say that the <300$ markt is growing?
I quoted the Bloomberg article for you already. Let me do it again, this time in bold:

"Chromebooks are also benefiting as the market for laptops that cost less than $300 is set to grow more than 10 percent in 2013, Baker said. "

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RE[4]: Comment by smashIt
by smashIt on Thu 11th Jul 2013 13:42 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by smashIt"
smashIt Member since:
2005-07-06

sorry, but is there anyting to back up his claims?
all i see is a piece of opinion

when i take a look at whats available in this lowest-price segment i don't get the feeling that thats a market with high grow rates
more like stagnant at best

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RE[5]: Comment by smashIt
by chithanh on Thu 11th Jul 2013 15:04 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by smashIt"
chithanh Member since:
2006-06-18

sorry, but is there anyting to back up his claims?
all i see is a piece of opinion

That Stephen Baker who is quoted in the article is an analyst for the market research firm NPD Group. These firms typically collect sales data from various sources (manufacturers, distributors, retailers) and make forecasts based on that data. Unless you are a high-paying customer, you probably won't see any of it.

when i take a look at whats available in this lowest-price segment i don't get the feeling that thats a market with high grow rates
more like stagnant at best

Do you think that you can make better predictions than the market research firms?

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

He works for an independent research company like gartner, forester or the others. Its their business to do the difficult research to figure things like this out, often without the companies direct help. I doubt that they would necessarily divulge their research methods. That doesn't necessarily mean that they are correct, but its more than a random guy's.

If the claim of growth in the market was vital to your companies livelyhood, I'd recommend finding a second source.

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