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December 2007 - Support for Consumer Electronics
Q: As electronics equipment and consumer electronics are manufactured globally, its maintenance or repair is becoming more difficult. Some suppliers want to control repair either through authorized dealers or by shipping the product back to their factory. This is not feasible when shipping costs are a significant fraction of the product price or when board-level replacement is done by dealers at exorbitant after-sales replacement prices. What are some possible strategies for handling this problem?
A: One of the degenerating aspects of product support occurs near the end of development: after-sales technical support. As global economics impacts the electronics industry, one undesirable trend is the destruction of the total ownership concept of products. An example or two are given from recent experience along with suggestions on what can be done to deal with problem suppliers or their products once you own them.
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