Walmart Has Me Zeroed In

To “zero in” in firearms means to be able to place the projectile on the target at a given range. Walmart certainly knows me quite well. Perhaps they know everyone…

In a recent e-mail, they sent me 4 links:

Item Description Comments
Nextbook 8″ Dual Core Tablet with 8GB Memory Dual core ARM with 1.5gHz and Android 4.1 for $99 Bingo! A small cheap computer probably more usable out on my property than my smartphone
RCA 9″ Dual Core Tablet with 8GB Memory Dual core ARM with 1.0gHz and Android 4.2 for $89 Bingo! An even cheaper small cheap computer probably more usable out on my property than my smartphone and they get extra points for calling it what it is, a tablet PC…
Call of Duty: Ghosts (PS3) PS3 item licensed only for North/South America… Meh! It’s not FLOSS except perhaps for the infrastructure.
Acer Refurbished Silver 11.6″ C710-2833 Chromebook Laptop PC with Intel Celeron 847 Processor, 2GB Memory, 16GB SSD and Chrome OS 2gB RAM probably means I can do all the browsing I normally do except the downloading of PDFs and such. Too bad about the dependency on Google. I wonder if I can use Yandex… Bingo! A small cheap computer probably more usable out on my property than my smartphone, even for blogging.

Three out of four is not bad. Interestingly, a high percentage of visitors to those sites actually bought those items when they visited those links: 69% and 4.1 stars for the Nextbook, 53% and 4 stars for the RCA tablet, and 71% bought the “refurbished” Chromebook and it got 3.4 stars. Hey, they might have given it a wipe and put it back in the box!

stars number weight rating
5 621 3105 4.1 stars
4 394 1576
3 84 252
2 63 126
1 102 102
sums 1264 5161

The NextBook had a lot of reviews. The vast majority loved it. Despite these things being relatively new products, very few hated it. That means word of mouth and imitation will give positive feedback and ensure growth in this market for years to come. These buyers are no longer “early adopters”. They’re mainstream buyers. By contrast, the best-selling notebook with “8” has an order of magnitude fewer reviews and about the same rating. Chuckle. For one third of the price, users are getting similar satisfaction or ten times as many users are satisfied enough to write a review.

It’s a whole new ballgame. Wintel, eat your heart out. I expect the web stats to reflect these moves in the market, StatCounter.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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