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The previous model Everex gPC, no longer in stores due to "poor sales."

The second-generation gPC2 - available online only, and selling quite well there.
The Everex gPC2 and Cloudbook will only be avaiable online, due to lackluster brick-and-mortar sales

While consumer-oriented Linux has been on a rise of late due to healthy sales of the ASUS Eee PC, and Dell which offers a range of notebooks and desktops preloaded with Ubuntu on their website, the store shelves don't quite seem ready for the March of the Penguins to reach their desktops.

Wal-Mart, the sole brick-and-mortar retailer of Everex's $199 gPC, has effectively pulled the Linux-based machine off its store shelves, citing a lack of demand. Oddly enough, the in-store supplies of the gPC were sold out across the approximately 600 stores that received shipments -- but Wal-Mart spokesperson Melissa O'Brien stated that "This really wasn't what our customers were looking for."

Online buyers didn't appear to share these feelings, and the Wal-Mart.com site is now offering the second-generation gPC2 for sale, in addition to Everex's CloudBook, an ultraportable Linux laptop aiming to cut into the Eee PC's market.

With competition in the low-budget PC market heating up in 2008, the lack of licensing fees could mean that Linux will be found on many more desktops and laptops -- but if the sales of the gPC are any indication, it may still be some time before it gains a serious foothold in the mainstream retail market.

According to Net Applications, Linux held on to only 0.67% market share in January 2008. This figure pales in comparison to OS X which commanded 7.57% of the market and Windows which continues to outshine all with 91.46% of the OS market.



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Selling well online?
By Nekrik on 3/12/2008 3:44:42 PM , Rating: 2
The caption for the picture reads: "The second-generation gPC2 - available online only, and selling quite well there."

I'm curious what the actual numbers are for the online sales. While it's not an indicator if any units have or have not sold there's not a single review or rating for the second version of the gPC2, I'd expect a few from both happy and pissed off customers if they had actually sold any. As it is I wouldn't drop $199 on any tower machine sporting the hardware specs this thing has regardless of the OS it did or didn't ship with.




RE: Selling well online?
By TomZ on 3/12/2008 4:21:26 PM , Rating: 2
There are a few differences with selling online that probably make it more viable:

1. You don't have to dedicate valuable floor space

2. You don't have to train sales staff at each store

3. You don't have to worry so much about returns - how many customers are going to pay shipping to return a $200 PC?

Bottom line, by selling online, you can sell fewer units nationally and still make money on the product line, because of the above factors.


RE: Selling well online?
By Nekrik on 3/12/2008 5:25:24 PM , Rating: 2
I don't disagree with the points you made, I was just more curious about what 'selling quite well' means and looking for some numbers to support it.


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