Re: [CR]Avocet Question + history lesson?

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Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2002 15:07:03 EST
Subject: Re: [CR]Avocet Question + history lesson?

In a message dated 1/26/02 5:58:21 PM, writes:


feldman wrote:
> Avocet holds the "vaporware" record for the bike business with that
> computer--they advertised the original one for two solid years before it
> actually existed.
> David Feldman >>

Hello gang,

One old story that was quite funny about the 2 year advertising to shipping schedule (did anybody get them in just two years) goes as follows.

"Hey How many employees does Avocet have? That's easy two. One guy makes up the ads and the other guy answers the phone and says they don't have them in yet."

In fairness they were pushing the envelope in low cost computers for bikes. Several were over $100.00 each in those days and while full featured compared to the basic three function #20. I often wonder if the few low cost computers of the day were destroyed by the long term low cost price advertising for a product that did not exist in the real world. Also the original price advertised was $19.95 but before the shipment materialized they were advertised for just $24.95, a real difference in their day.


Gilbert Anderson

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