8 tech brands losing money

Each of these companies, despite a history of hit consumer products, is now on the ropes, struggling to ensure long-term survival.

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Jun 12, 2012 2:09PM

Competition kills off not only those they compete against, but it also kills off stability. Stability in the job market, stability of employees to feel secure in their job and have the confidence they will be able remain in one geographic location long enough to raise a family in a home they own. Competition may drive down prices, but their is a social cost.

   Saturation is also a problem; humans have only a finite time in their waking hours to decide how to fill their spare time (and who has much of that these days). You can only play so many video games, talk on 1 usable phone, watch so many movies, and so on. As I walked the dog this morning, I looked at the cookie cutter houses in m y community and reflected on how lucky I was to grow up in the 60's/70's in a small town in upstate NY; no walls around houses, only had top worry about 3 network stations to choose from on the TV, socialized with other kids by playing with/against each other and not a slave to the computer or some video game. People these days fill their lives with a lot of nothing. Ad agencies do a fine job of convincing people of what they need.

Chase your tails as much as you like, a final financial collapse is coming and nothing can stop it.
Jun 12, 2012 2:02PM
Why is all about whats good foe AppleUltra rich corp that has not give a cent to charity does not promote any jobs in the US all they do is overcharge and people is so dum to buy their procducts
Jun 12, 2012 3:02PM
Jun 12, 2012 2:54PM

I'm surprised Radio Shack isn't in the list...

Jun 12, 2012 3:09PM
Jun 12, 2012 1:34PM

I agree with David (Smart Money) even if Obama and his croonies are defeated in November...we are already a country so deep in debt and with so many crooks in Washington I believe the United States might never be the same. We won't see much change under a Mitt Romney and I am afraid that Mrs. Clinton will but the final nails in our republic as it once stood for "We the people"


God have mercy on our souls when that happens. Get ready to say "comrad' a lot.

Jun 12, 2012 4:15PM
 None of this should be a shock to you. The problem is greed. Ours problems could be fixed by whoever is in office IF they had the guts and the political will to do it. NOONE in our current political system will do what is necessary. We can't pay our bills! Why are we still trying to "police" the friggin world? We(U.S.) need to change our role in the world and start taking care of "us".
Jun 12, 2012 3:21PM

all this trouble surprises you ?  wake up.

Jun 12, 2012 4:41PM
It seems to me that the electronic companies that have lost out have lost track of their audience.  I own a Sony laptop which I really like.  However, I bought a new computer and did not even look at Sony.  First, I was impossible to buy and pair a new battery to the laptop that wasn't a Sony brand.
The Brand name battery was twice as much as the generic battery.  Before I learned this I called Sony and tried to trouble shoot what might be wrong.  I ended up sending the computer in and the tech basically told me it was a dead battery and that's why it wouldn't charge.  CAAching.  I can now only use the laptop as a desktop because if the generic battery should run down past 10% it will not recharge, even though it is new.  CAAching.  Also the design of the power cord attachment is such that if I jar it or move it while working the power cuts out.  It costs more to fix this than it was to buy a new computer.  If you do not make a user friendly product, you forfeit future sales to that person.
I play various DS games on my handheld unit.  I'm not a kid and enjoy thinking games.  There is not much out there.  I realize I am not the target market but I do buy product regularly if you have something that interests me.
Boomers are still a large part of the market and we have disposible income.  We don't necessarily want complex electronics, just workable, understandable technolegy that does basic functions very well.  Do you know how hard it is to buy a cell phone that is basic and gets excellent reception?  I don't want a clunker phone, just don't need 4G features that butt dials all the time.   
Jun 12, 2012 4:05PM
Jun 12, 2012 4:12PM
Not surprised Sony in going down. Bought a big screen t.v. 8 yrs. ago ,the thing worked 2 weeks and quit. After numerous attempts to repair and 2 identical replacement  t.v.'s ,I got to watch a little. Their 'customer support' line and website are a joke ! Never again,SONY !!!
Jun 12, 2012 7:33PM

Sonys problem is high prices.cause right now your just buying the name.When someone can produce the same items for 100's or thousands's less, then people take a chance with the intermediate companies.

Just because your the best doesn't mean you can reap the rewards unless you own an oil company.

Jun 12, 2012 4:24PM
EA has, or had, strong franchises, which they squandered away by trying to compete with companies like activision by rushing out unfinished products and forcing DLC, all for a quick return. If they had released a completed Battlefield 3, or Mass Effect 3, and timed them to release months before or after other major studio releases, player bases would have been ready for something new and grabbed it right away. I wouldn't be surprised if EA was so financially focused as to time the DLC software to happen right before quarterly earning reports get put out to make the bottom line look good.
Jun 12, 2012 4:02PM
You see, Sony should've made PSN cost money.
Jun 12, 2012 8:34PM
Not a productive comment in the whole bunch.
Jun 12, 2012 1:27PM
Nokia. LOL who owns one of these except my elderly parents??
Jun 12, 2012 4:02PM
Get Obumma OUT!!!!!!  Eric Bolder too.  Two psycopaths.
Drill baby drill and get real again.
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