iPad domination is bad for its rivals, but good for us

iPad domination is bad for its rivals, but good for us

Not everyone loves the iPad – in fact, not everyone loves tablets in general – but it seems the iPad's overwhelming domination of the tablet market is actually doing fans of other tablets a favour.

According to DigiTimes, the average sales performance of just about every rival tablet on the market is forcing manufacturers to respond in the only way they can in a bid to boost sales: by cutting prices.

The Taiwanese industry site claims that tablet makers have huge volumes of stock sitting on store shelves but that the public just isn't biting.

Even in cases such as the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, seen as one of the most popular slates around, there is as much as 30% of the stock Asus shipped between May and July currently sat on the shelves gathering dust.

This lack of competitiveness is forcing tablet makers into lowering prices, DigiTimes says. So far Motorola and HP have already lowered the price of the Xoom and TouchPad, and we're told to expect two more waves of price cuts before the end of the year to try and inject some momentum into flagging sales figures.

Can't say we have a problem with that...

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Stelph  Aug. 18, 2011 at 12:31

Course the argument is that they were priced too high to begin with, the iPad has such a firm grip on the market that its almost impossible for a non-ipad to compete at the £399 price point, push it down to £299 or less and then youll get more people interested


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