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U.S. PC Companies Dead in 20 Years, says Acer

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Acer to survive while HP and Dell to vanish?

The computer selling landscape has changed considerably over the last 20 years. Some of the moves were impossible to predict, but Taiwanese founder of computer maker Acer thinks he has a pretty good idea of what will happen to his U.S. competitors within two decades' time – disappear.

Acer has surged its way up to being the second biggest seller of computers worldwide, something which is attributable to the company's low-priced offerings and netbooks. The price sensitivity of the consumer is what has Stan Shih, founder of Acer, confident in the Taiwanese company's survival over American rivals.

"The trend for low-priced computers will last for the coming years," said Shih, according to the AFP's quote of a Commercial Times newspaper interview. "But U.S. 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 U.S. television brands."

What Shih is saying that Dell and HP, both leaders in the North American computer market, could be gone by 2030.

Does your crystal ball read the same as his? Maybe someone in Detroit can help answer.

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    Anonymous , January 19, 2010 9:25 PM
    It started when IBM sold out to Lenovo. Then Gateway became part of Acer group. It would not surprise me to see another fall. Its like the television makers first they exported much of the manufacturing and now their basically dead. Considering how important consumer goods is to our economy. Its too bad most of it is made in other countries.
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    sandmanwn , January 19, 2010 10:07 PM
    Acer should be watching their own back yard anyway. Asus has a bulls eye set on Acer right now.
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    rooket , January 19, 2010 9:20 PM
    Acer might want to come out with a better product first. Dell is far ahead of them. HP, Compaq hmmmm... those seem on par with Acer. I doubt as outsourced as all the mentioned companies are, being built in Malaysia and China with tech support in India that they will vanish in 20 years time.
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    El_Capitan , January 19, 2010 9:21 PM
    Wtf, how is this news? Someone from a rival company predicts another company will go under in 20 years, whoopty doo! There's not even a valid reason why except maybe the forgone conclusion that history repeats itself in the U.S. As a consumer, how is this relevant?

    I predict Tom's Hardware will come up with real news rather than pulling shit out of their ass. You could post that news item next.
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    ominous prime , January 19, 2010 9:21 PM
    That's about as likely as the world ending in 2012.
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    Snipergod87 , January 19, 2010 9:22 PM
    I really doubt that that would happened businessed are not going to be replacing their desktops with all netbook's gamer's are going to use netbooks, people like having a large screen espically older folk you just arent going to get that with a netbook without an external monitor
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    Anonymous , January 19, 2010 9:25 PM
    It started when IBM sold out to Lenovo. Then Gateway became part of Acer group. It would not surprise me to see another fall. Its like the television makers first they exported much of the manufacturing and now their basically dead. Considering how important consumer goods is to our economy. Its too bad most of it is made in other countries.
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    batkerson , January 19, 2010 9:27 PM
    Maybe Acer will just buy HP and Dell, like they did eMachines and Gateway. . .but only the name will be "dead". . .eventually.
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    loomis86 , January 19, 2010 9:27 PM
    I think they will take over cell phones before they take over PCs. Motorola and Nokia aren't dead yet. After that I expect to see netbooks overrun by asian brands. Laptops and desktops will be the last hold outs. Components will still be american for a long long long time.
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    eddieroolz , January 19, 2010 9:32 PM
    Nah HP will be around for a while. Dell, I'm not sure so much :p 
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    edilee , January 19, 2010 9:32 PM
    They all make junk so who really cares if they all go out. As long as you can get seperate components and build your own then what Dell,HP, ACER, etc are producing should be a non issue. You can't pay $500 for a complete PC (monitor, keyboard, mouse, and the PC) with a printer thrown in and think you have just gotten a great deal.

    I cannot tell you the amounts of PC I have had brought to me that the motherboard or some component on it. You get what you pay for.
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    keither5150 , January 19, 2010 9:36 PM
    I predict that Acer will continue to make a poorly made computer.

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    RADIO_ACTIVE , January 19, 2010 9:39 PM
    God this guy better hope he doesnt eat his own words in 20 years...
    I mean what if ACER isnt around...
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    vant , January 19, 2010 9:39 PM
    I can see this happening to Dell, but I don't see HP going down in 20 years.
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    ekidhardt , January 19, 2010 9:41 PM
    how about in 20 years we punch those companies squaw in the boys
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    Anonymous , January 19, 2010 9:48 PM
    I Sincerely hope that Acer goes completely bankrupt and that their stock bottoms out.

    Acer is the worst company possible cause they provide the worst possible tech support there is by failing to provide necessary tech support documents not only to their customers, but to their own support staff.

    Even worse is they take perfectly good companies and they ruin them through acquisition. Cause once they acquire a company, they ruin the tech support and remove all tech documents necessary to the support of the equipment sold by the acquired company.

    The Acer Corporate Heads should be Shot Dead for their Sales Ethics.
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    elbert , January 19, 2010 9:55 PM
    The economy keeps dragging, in 20 years, the majority of the US will not know overseas produces.
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    sandmanwn , January 19, 2010 9:56 PM
    lol, in 20 years, HP will be buying Acer out.
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    fulle , January 19, 2010 10:05 PM
    RADIO_ACTIVEGod this guy better hope he doesnt eat his own words in 20 years...I mean what if ACER isnt around...


    Which is actually MORE likely. Companies like Dell, Acer, and HP don't make their own laptop hardware. This work is outsourced to companies like compal, and clevo. So, essentially, they don't differentiate from each other in hardware specs, and share very similar costs. That means, in order to sell their product for less than a competitor, they need to shave costs elsewhere in their companies, and in doing so, often the quality of service suffers. And, with consumers, you only get to sell them a lemon once or twice before they decide that they'd rather pay more for the same product with higher quality support. The longer Acer tries to gain marketshare by selling products with inferior service, the more they make consumers aware that they're an inferior brand name.

    I... don't get how they're going to do much better than they are, honestly. And, HP is freaking ruthless. Gooooood luck even staying competitive with them, Acer guy. He seems DELUSIONAL to me. And, a Nationalist Prick too.
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    sandmanwn , January 19, 2010 10:07 PM
    Acer should be watching their own back yard anyway. Asus has a bulls eye set on Acer right now.
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    Upendra09 , January 19, 2010 10:26 PM
    ASUS FTW!!!
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