Originally Posted by EatingPie
Because I am running against the grain of this thread, I must be paid by Sony? Seriously? Sheesh.
I think you're taking the comment a little too serious, it was my attempt to be a little humorous and lighten the mood since we're in complete disagrement about the core subject.
I do not believe that you are a paid Sony employee, although I'd welcome that level of commitment from Sony and I don't think you habour any ill intentions just because we're in disagreement.
I do think you're guilty of a bit of an apologism though. I think the bulk of posts in this forum indicates that Sony is giving up a big of the market that they previously held. If this is in anticipation of a new strategy I do not know and can only speculate about. But their readers and their accessories ARE less available than they were 6 months ago.
I also think you're guilty of using a logical fallacy consisting of exceptions to argue your point rather than arguing the assertions themselves.
Claim: There's less accessories available than before, even on Sony's website.
Counterclaim: There's not, and even if there's less than 6 months ago, it's only for specific models, and these specific models stopped being available 6 months ago anyways.
The fact that there's still some accessories remaining, doesn't change that Sony has less products available than before.
Claim: Sony is disinvesting themselves of their retailers, posts on this forum indiciate it is so. VHS in the UK, Target, Borders and Best Buy in the US.
Counterclaim: One of sony's models the 350 is still widely available.
Same as before.
This is really the trend of argumentation. None of us are Sony market specialists, so everything here is purely speculative.
Having less product less widely available, not meeting demand, is not encouraging for the majority of us. It's not a common indication of success to withdraw your product and not meeting demand. We all hope that Sony is successfull since we enjoy their readers and look forward to new models, but we disagree on their success.
Don't take that disagreement personally please. Regardless of what Sony are planning or not planning, it won't detract from us enjoying our readers and making the best of it