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I only wish any void they leave could and would be grabbed up by some American firms or start-ups.
That is some pretty deep wishful thinking, unfortunately. As a result of a fixation on the lowest price, the US has been exporting their manufacturing capability to China and other countries so deep and for so long now that I cannot really imagine any way to go back. It would take serious time, not just the death of one or two competitors. Ironically, the situation in Europe is somewhat better, as the manufacturing is still going on here. The trouble would be pricing since European labour is expensive.
Obviously, you haven't heard of Element Electronics...they actually manufacture their larger TVs in Michigan.
Sure, there are still individual companies manufacturing in the States, no question. But very few compared to, say, two or three decades ago. And no, I have not heard of Element Electronics.
This isn't a "still manufacturing" situation, this is a "new" U.S. manufacturer of televisions, and the only one at that (to the best of my knowledge).
Oh, there is an US "Element" brand TV available? Kewl! And what about RCA/Victor, Motorola, Magnavox, Filco/Ford, Craig, Skyle, MacIntosh, Westing, Philips, or al the others that could start in a flash if opportunity were present?
I'm not sure I would agree that "very few" compact users use zoom... but...
Then how do you explain why smart phones are absolutely destroying compact sales? Make no mistake, compact camera sales are dying at an extraordinary rate. Virtually all empirical evidence points to a dramatic fall in sales that is continuing unabated.
I think they satisfy the want factors. Right? Like if a person has a phone and it has a camera that's "good enough" then they don't need/want to go out and buy a compact camera. But no one wanting a compact camera goes out and buys a phone instead. Thus phone shooters do not qualify as compact camera users. It just happened that a "good enough" camera landed in their lap - as it came with the phone. And since most compacts have zoom I'd say most compact users want it and use it.
The two are not related. No doubt smart phone shooters would use a zoom if it existed on their phone.
Smart phones are taking over because for many the camera in their phone is either good enough, or it is convenient enough, that they can forgo buying a better compact.
Yep... What he said.