Originally posted by d2_nyc

That curve doesn't seem related to the improvments in technology but the mainpulation of the marketing people.
As I recall Foster's theory, improvements in technology are only marginal throughout the product lifecycle. The curve is driven more by marketing/manufacturing. As the product gains acceptance (perhaps through marketing), the economies of scale allow the manufacturing costs to be reduced, thus lowering the price to customers.

That said, I do agree with you that 6 weeks is probably too compressed a timeframe for the curve to be playing itself out. More probable is that the product was rushed out the door b/c of its pre-announcement months in advance. It was probably only AFTER its introduction that rebates between retailers/manufactureres/service providers were negotiated.