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Here is an example benefits of the free market society that is lauded as wonderful and irreplaceable.

"Plus, according to a major player in this game, the U.S. Tech market tends to take its cue from big business, not John Q. Public."

And all this time you thought that the market was around your needs. I guess it is the same a s the benefit of the tax breaks that give use so many benefits. Higher wages, affordable health benefits, and affordable energy costs are just a fes of the things that are taking their cue from big business, not John Q Public!

Tech Gadgets Banned in the USA

Elizabeth Millard,

Wed Oct 4, 7:47 PM ET

There's no doubt about it: foreign technology can whet your appetite. Super-lightweight laptops from Japan, feature-packed smartphones from Europe, and shiny, gotta-get-it devices designed in India, South Korea, and Taiwan are but a few of the items that currently reside on tech's cutting edge. But chances are you will never see those gadgets on store shelves here in the U.S.

Why, then, do some innovative products never make it to our shores?

The Corporate Quarantine

Many manufacturers prefer to introduce new electronics in their own countries, to see what problems may arise before exporting the goods. There is a strong interest in catching and repairing previously unknown design defects before hitting the U.S. Mass market, where the cost of a product recall could be disastrous.

Companies must also gauge consumer reaction locally before exporting. Manufacturers realize that despite extensive consumer testing, it is important to float a limited quantity of a product and see how well consumers react to it before opening the floodgates-only to find less demand than anticipated.

Some products are at a performance disadvantage in the U.S., like cutting-edge smartphones that do not mesh well with the current state of American telecom services, and videophones that operate much better in countries that have higher-speed wireless networks. The faster the network, the smoother the video will appear. In general, Japanese and Korean telecommunications companies have been quicker to provide faster connections than those offered in the U.S., so consumers in those countries are presented with more-advanced phones and more-advanced services.

Plus, according to a major player in this game, the U.S. Tech market tends to take its cue from big business, not John Q. Public.

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Posted: Saturday October 7, 2006, 3:42 am
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