phacopida wrote:Anyone have experience with Vizio? How is the quality?
No personal experience, but I know that they operated like Dell did . . . they purchased the components and put together the TV. They don't really "manufacture" anything, really. Specs are usually Okay, but they really are buying parts and assembling.
See below, an excerpt from an interview w/Mr. Wang (Vizio founder)
. . . As part of the business model, Wang outsources several tasks to professional management companies. By hiring other companies to handle warehousing, shipping or manufacturing, VIZIO can focus on its core competencies — like designing flat-panel TVs — while leaving the other things to people who are specialized in that area. Although the company designs its products, the assembly is contracted to companies in China, Taiwan and Mexico.
“Try to match it by value,” he says. “If we can do it better than they can or if we can do it cheaper than they can, that will determine what we’re going to do. Some things we don’t want to out-source at all because we don’t believe we should trust a professional management team to outsource product concepts. That’s something we’ll absolutely do ourselves. But there are things like warehousing or shipping — we’re nowhere close to the experts that they have. So we use them to perform such tasks for us.”