I would just like to bring in my opinions on the C64/A600 debate,
because I'm brazilian, and the 3rd World markets are the reason driving
ESCOM to the ressurection of these machines.
I can safely say that, in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, and
possibly Venezuela, there would be little, if _NO_ market at all for such
machine, even if the price is around US$100-150. It is a matter of culture.
For instance, here in Brazil people prefer to fork out big bucks for PCs
they barely use, just because it's "hip" to have a PC. Only a very little
percentage of our huge population is actually capable of affording, or even
_WANTING_ a computer, that means, only the reasonably rich people can't buy
computers, and so, these people buy PCs, no matter how expensive they are.
Of course, there are technically-conscious people here too, people
that look for good specs and a good overall machine when buying a computer.
The Amiga could grab a good part of this market, as the "first computer",
with the A1200. I think that a US$400-$450 A1200/030/4mb would do very well
in Latin America. Another thing: video production here was once ruled by
Amigas. Even the top TV stations where using Amigas, you could watch
Amiga-produced stuff on local TVs all around the country. Now, you see less
and less of it, because people are migrating to powerful P5/3DS combos.
But most important of all, people around here need _SUPPORT_. The
previous C= representative here, PCI (a Portuguese company) did a
_terrible_ job, with ridiculous prices! How about US$1000 for a base A1200?
Yeah, that was the price... And they offered NO SUPPORT either. If you
needed spare parts, you were in bad luck, as you had to special-order thru
them, and this process usually took ages.
The bottom line is: Latin America does NOT need special, cut-down
machines. We need regular machines, but with competitive price, and
That's it :)
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