CEO of Best Buy said....

Discussion in 'iPad' started by PracticalMac, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. PracticalMac macrumors 68030


    Jan 22, 2009
    Houston, TX
    A few months ago I heard a report the CEO of Best Buy said netbooks where "dead" becuase of the iPad.
    He later back tracked on what he said, presumably becuase the netbook makers kicked of a fuss saying he was wrong.

    Looks like he was spot on with his comment!
    (what is amazing to me is turnaround and crushing dominance)
  2. ctbear macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2010
    With or without iPad, the netbooks were dying anyways. They are just too underpowered to do anything meaningful.
  3. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
  4. jsh1120 macrumors 65816

    Jun 1, 2011
    Although in this case I think the iPad has had a hand in declining netbook sales, your point is well taken. Simply presenting a graph showing uniform declines in netbook sales and adding a line showing a rapid increase in iPad sales does not demonstrate cause and effect.

    That's especially true in this particular case. If you look at the graphic carefully, you'll see that netbook sales for several manufacturers began to decline before iPad sales took off. And the rate of decline has remained constant since iPad sales exploded.
  5. OSMac macrumors 65816

    Jun 14, 2010
    The graph shows iPad sales went from 5 to 20 percent in a month?

    iPad estimates are declining over that time frame, it's reported elsewhere.
  6. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    Netbooks are garbage that should never even be invented in the first place.
  7. jca24 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 28, 2010
    Yes netbooks were already dying, the iPad was the last few nails in the coffin.

    Best Buy is dying too, sales are plummeting!
  8. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    LOL. Best Buy is in trouble. Good point.

    The netbooks are dying, but its not a case of homicide, but one of old age. It was a niche device that has reached the end of its lifecycle. It used to be that you needed a netbook if you wanted to go lightweight and portable, and they fulfilled that demand, but with shocking processor and design advances, we now have things like the Macbook Air that outperform desktops from only a few years ago.

    iPad sales have probably had an impact, but I think it would be more accurate to say that the entire industry has evolved.
  9. Dmunjal macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2010
    It's not just Best Buy. Every business that was built on the PC model over the last 20 years is in trouble. The low margin players will be affected first and then eventually Microsoft and Intel unless they get their act together.
  10. Bernard SG macrumors 65816

    Bernard SG

    Jul 3, 2010
    It's a quarter, not a month.
    And no, iPad sales are not declining quarter-on-quarter.
  11. LivingLarge macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2010
    I have to echo this response as well. Netbooks are essentially useless, for anything relevant. even the occasional web surf is nearly unbearable on those things. Then iPad came along and put a finishing move on the netbooks :eek:
  12. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

    Jul 28, 2011
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A5313e Safari/7534.48.3)

    iPad is what a netbook never was.
  13. RandomGuy26 macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2009
    dont think that graph is correct..

    what was apple selling in this market between 2008 and 2009 ??

    ipad was launched is 2010.. so nothing happened in teh first year and the breakthrough came only in 2011 ?? we all know thats not correct.. they sold a ton of them in 2010

  14. Jake55111 macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2011
    Everyone of those except the very last one does not include the iPad, only the last one includes the iPad, which is why there is that spike.
  15. Bernard SG macrumors 65816

    Bernard SG

    Jul 3, 2010
    They probably include the MBA in the category.
  16. DrDomVonDoom macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2010
    Fairbanks, Ak
    That's what she sai- ohhhh :(
  17. Invincibilizer macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2011
    It is more of an exponential spike rather than a curve.

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