Price point plus sales to individuals
Robert D. Fadel
fadel at laptop.org
Thu Feb 19 01:03:46 EST 2009
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
>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.
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.
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