|Acer Chromebook sales estimates||Wilbur||9/15/13 10:51 AM|
This year, Acer shipped about 6 million PCs in the second quarter:
In August, Acer's CEO said "...Chromebooks made up close to 3% of Acer's shipments in the second quarter":
This would mean Acer shipped about 180,000 Chromebooks in the second quarter.
Here in the US, Acer just sold over 14,000 refurbished Chromebooks on ebay:
First of all, does 180,000 seem like a small number? It's not a fair comparison, but in the second quarter Apple sold over 200,000 iPads, per day.
Secondly, can we use these numbers to make any guesses about return rates?
|Re: Acer Chromebook sales estimates||Sines||9/15/13 11:06 AM|
Apple products sell well because this generation of people are obsessed on "brand" product.
|Re: Acer Chromebook sales estimates||webstationguy||9/15/13 3:50 PM|
And, I would add, Apple's products sell because of
a) brand quality,
b) security [vs. Microsoft], and, particularly, because of
c) the great customer service available from their local stores
d) and, if you're willing to pay even more extra for it, their 2-yr extended personal phone service.
|Re: Acer Chromebook sales estimates||Joe Ellett||9/15/13 4:42 PM|
I think you can find sales stats that "prove" most anything you want. Chromebooks being number one and number two on Amazon's laptop/notebook sales lists says that they're doing pretty well. The oft-repeated quote that "Chromebooks have grown to account for between 20 and 25 percent of U.S. sales of value laptops" sounds great, but it's impossible to quantify. Multiplying and dividing vendors' sales figures also leads to an insane variation in estimated quantities. The same goes for the statistics reported for the proportion of web traffic generated by Chrome OS. Looking at the different sources' figures it's like they don't even live on the same planet.
All I can do is watch family, friends and acquaintances as more of them gradually become aware of Chromebooks, are intrigued by Chromebooks, and a larger and larger number buy Chromebooks for themselves and/or their children. No, Chromebooks are ripping the hearts out of Microsoft's or Apple's businesses, but they continue to make significant inroads and that trend shows no signs of abating. It's a very personal, very unscientific perspective, but it's the only one I have confidence in.
|Re: Acer Chromebook sales estimates||wboz||9/15/13 5:05 PM|
Apple is a luxury good - there are cheaper options, but Apple's offering excels at so many things. The iDevices, for example, are all jewellike and precise and pretty; and that's on TOP of working well, reliably, and offering a number of features competitors can't. I wasn't willing to pay $500 for the iPad, but my wife was, and truthfully it IS better than any other tablet I've used.
That said, I think that Chromebooks are growing faster than the overall market because they, too, meet a set of customer needs - the desire for a simple, secure, easy and (in many cases) inexpensive computing experience. And I think that as long as they continue to gain share, they're valuable to Google's strategy overall; they don't have to jump to 10% market share overnight.
Don't forget, Google offers effectively the same set of integrated services to anyone running the Chrome browser, on any type of machine; from that perspective, the lines between the OS and browser blur.
|Re: Acer Chromebook sales estimates||webstationguy||9/15/13 6:05 PM|
Amen...And I think that the Chrome browser is Google's prime [and free] offer for entry into their cloud world.
But, to go beyond that, in order for a great many 'consumers' to buy into the Google way of treating all users of their products as beta testers, left to the [great] help of forum volunteers is, I would say, quite a leap.
To compare that to the treatment you'll find in an Apple store, with their 'genius' desk, available by online or phone reservation, free to anyone owning an Apple product, is to step into an entirely different atmosphere altogether, especially if you are a beginner.
Vive la difference!
|Re: Acer Chromebook sales estimates||Joe Ellett||9/15/13 8:45 PM|
Albeit an extremely well-heeled beginner.
|Re: Acer Chromebook sales estimates||JLakad||9/17/13 1:45 PM|
Wilbur, I don't think your numbers are far off, and yes it is a very small amount of sales. My personal channel checks are:
1. Still have not seen a Chromebook, other than mine in the wild.
2. Hardly no one looking at the Chromebooks in Best Buy, every time I go in no one and I mean no one at the Kiosk, not even a sales person.
Does not mean the idea will not keep growing, Google is very patient. I think my next PC though will be a Windows 8 tablet.
|Re: Acer Chromebook sales estimates||Wilbur||9/17/13 4:33 PM|
I spend a good chunk of time working at cafes around San Francisco and I've never seen another Chromebook, apart from mine. The MacBook Air is pretty much standard issue around here, and if it's not a MacBook, it's a ThinkPad.
My local Best Buy, which happens to be the one closest to the SoMA neighborhood where all the startups are located, usually has a few people hovering around the Chromebook area and there's almost always a white-shirted Chrome person actively helping someone.
I agree and think the Chromebook is a great idea, and am especially excited to see the new hardware on the horizon. These are interesting times.
|Re: Acer Chromebook sales estimates||KD49||9/18/13 11:11 AM|
Local Walmart has the Acer Chromebook as its starting price laptop first in line. With new manufacturers entering Chromebooks, and new processors with excellent battery life---sales will get much better over the next year.
|Re: Acer Chromebook sales estimates||- Melissa Daniels -||9/18/13 11:13 AM|
Happy to hear you guys are excited, but as to be expected, we don't comment on sales figures or numbers :)