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Acer seized second place in worldwide computer sales in 2009, thanks, in part, to strong sales of its Acer Aspire One netbook.  (Source:
Taiwanese company says American vendors can't keep up with aggressive pricing

Hewlett Packard, the world's largest computer maker, and Dell, third place in world sales, are powerful players.  However, both -- especially Dell – suffered during the recession.  Meanwhile Taiwanese OEMs ASUSTek and Acer, whose sales were heavily comprised of low-priced netbooks (the Eee PC and Aspire One, respectively), posted impressive growth.

Acer founder Stan Shih, who helped grow his company into Taiwan's top computer-maker, said this differential response is merely a sign of trouble to come for American companies.

He is quoted by Taipei-based Commercial Times as saying, "The trend for low-priced computers will last for the coming years.  But US computer makers just don't know how to put such products on the market... US computer brands may disappear over the next 20 years, just like what happened to US television brands."

Acer's talk may sound like the same kind of tired corporate rhetoric that executives often spout off.  However, one must consider Acer's impressive performance -- in 2009 the company passed Dell to become the world's second largest computer maker, and according to Digitimes, it is projected to in 2011 pass HP to become the world's top computer maker.  That progress has been heavily driven by aggressively priced PCs, especially netbooks.

One odd man out is Apple, Inc.  Apple, a U.S. firm based out of Cupertino, California, traditionally prices its notebooks well above even HP or Dell, let alone the Taiwanese.  However, it continues to grow and gain marketshare, perhaps proving that Acer's prediction of the American computer maker's demise premature.

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By Seemonkeyscanfly on 1/19/2010 7:16:39 PM , Rating: 0
This is about the companies not one line a company makes... PC is small market... Then you have Notebook, netbook, Server, Cad systems, Then networking equipment (access point, cable, routers, racks, jack, and a few hundred other items), then you have printers....
PC are very small percentage of these companies business (not to be ignored, but not major of their business).

What is being missed here and by most Asian companies... Asian are new to the world of capitalism, and American has not run a clean capitalistic society in a long time. If the government keeps their nose out of Dell, HP, and whom ever else they will either become stronger or go out of business. Most of the time it is great for a big company like Dell to go under. Smaller but more efficient companies will get more business and grow. In the longer run the people will have a better product for their money. If the government interferes it will only keeps these badly wounded monster sizes companies alive and not well. Hurting the end user because quality will suffer compared to the smaller guy who is trying to make a mark and also preventing these smaller guy from growing and become the next best computer company. The USA Auto industry is and has experienced this... Ford is so far the company make the best strides to stay in business, time will tell, however if you let capitalism run it's course the best will come out on top. If you allow outside interference, well, it's never really a good thing.

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