11/24/2011, 12:36 PM
Well what sort of figures are we talking? Forgetting costs and app giveouts - if they did $300 million, HP's cut would have been @ $100 million. However, I saw a story today that said the android market has taken $350 million in revenue* [I]over it's life. Does it seem likely that in such a short period of time that HP took in anything near that level of revenue?
What's your guestimate of what sort of figures we are talking about?
How is it deceitful? I'm not comparing every Kindle Fire sold ever - I'm talking about the period of 15th October - 31 December 2011 - a six week period which I *think* based on estimates of sales so far means that it will push the Touch-pad down to 3rd for the whole 2011 period.
* excluding in-app purchases.
My guestimates were listed several post ago. We are just rehashing old stuff, but here you go:
Since I have my handy dandy calculator out, I will put to rest some of the misconceptions and numbers that the naysayers in the forum seem spout. The only true number we know of so far is the $200 million in sales on the TouchPad. Let's do the math:
Option A. HP only sells 204,000 TouchPads. Using only unit sales as a driver for this, $200 million divided by 204,000 equals $980 average cost per unit. So you are telling me that HP sold all of their TouchPads at over close to $1000 per unit? No way!
Option B. HP sales 1 million TouchPads. $200 million divided by 1 million equals $200 average cost per unit. Sounds about right. Oh wait: "The TouchPad is so crappy that no one would pay more than the fire sale price for it!"
Option C. HP sales 1 million TouchPads at the fire sale price. Average cost per unit was about $125. So $125 times 1 million equals $125 million. Close to $200 million and plausible, but you have to account for the other $75 million. Maybe it was in app sales? Let's see $75 million divided by 1 million devices equals a profit (since apps don't usually sale at a "loss") of about $75 per TouchPad for HP. Since HP's share is probably less than a third of actual app sales the only way for that to work is if the total sales for apps was about $225 million or $225 per TouchPad. I definitely don't believe that and I know the naysayers don't because: "HP can't make a size able profit on app and service sales"
Option D. HP sold more than 1 million TouchPads. Makes sense but....
See where I'm going here? The basic math does not add up for your negativity about the TouchPad. Maybe one of you naysayers can tell us how HP only sold 204,000 TouchPads yet made $200 million in sales? That would be interesting.
Still interested in your guestimations and breakdown of where the all of $200 million came from given the different numbers, high and low, of TouchPads sold.
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