Price point plus sales to individuals

david at david at
Thu Feb 19 16:30:13 EST 2009

On Thu, 19 Feb 2009, Robert D. Fadel wrote:

> On Feb 18, 2009 at 10:24 PM, John Watlington wrote:
>> I don't see how a non-profit can do this, as requires financing at
>> risk, and
>> staffing for uncertain demand.    Let me know when you have the capital.
> Absolutely true and I'm not sure the capital would be enough. Its
> difficult to imagine OLPC entering a retail channel, directly or
> indirectly. Perhaps I have misunderstood the intent but thats what it
> seems like when we talk about individuals buying small volumes, perhaps
> simply to tinker with a cool machine.
> In the immediate future I don't see overwhelming evidence that OLPC should
> devote resources to satisfy every volume demand in every channel. The
> outcry over discontinuing Change The World was far greater than the
> willingness of people to put up money. Very often those willing to pay
> were small-volume resellers.

so you say that people need to pony up capital for this, but then dismiss 
those who were doing so.

please pick one argument and stick with it.

> OLPC is better off focused on its engineering, advocacy and implementation
> efforts AND supporting accompanying networks of olpc-phile communities.
> Running an effective developer program is fundamental to all the above.

if the systems aren't available, the advocacy will drop off.

there would be no implementation effort.

the engineering work has been completed, so no more effort is needed 

the only cost left is support. a good chunk of that can be absorbed by 
those 'small volume resellers' you are talking about, a good chunk is 
dealt with on the mailing lists (in large part by volunteers), but there 
is some that will end up on the OLPC plate.

however, eliminating entire markets (with the advocates it would generate, 
the lessons that would be learned, and the wider experimentation that 
would happen) is a very high cost.

as someone who has paied for 6 of these machines (plus the 6 'give 1' 
machines), I am _very_ dissapointed to see this cut off. what's worse is 
the unofficial "we'll end this any second" without any formal 
announcement (even a week or so later).

David Lang
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