BLOODY RIVALRY IN LOW-END PRINTER SPACE

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BLOODY RIVALRY IN LOW-END PRINTER SPACE

 user 2007-04-09 at 12:14:00 pm Views: 74
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    Bloody rivalry in low-end
    printer space

    A “bloodbath” is how Andrew Seerden at HP
    describes the low-end MFP market.

    A “bloodbath” is how Andrew Seerden, general manager for the imaging and
    printing group at HP describes the lower end of the multifunction printer (MFP)
    market in New Zealand.The sub-$100 printer market is not profitable, according to Seerden, who says
    he is expecting some consolidation in this sector in the near future.“The lower end of the market is a bloodbath, with too many players and a lot of
    competitors. There will be a migration [of customers] in this market, and I
    expect some consolidation in the printer space.”Seerden says that apart from printing products, companies like Lexmark and
    Epson have little to offer and will struggle to compete with HP.“Even in the retail space, where performance is measured in square feet,
    printers will be a tougher and tougher sell. We have an extensive range of
    products, and we can leverage on that fact.”Dell also recently entered the MFP market with an entry level model, but unlike
    HP, which has a strong reseller channel, sells its products exclusively online
    and has the ability to bundle with home computers. HP has the same ability,
    says Seerden, adding the online vendor will struggle to succeed in this crowed
    space.
    “I have to say good luck to them. They will need it.”