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Could the Arcade 1up thing have been succesful if handled differently?

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Malenko:
Another A1up thread? Why?



--- Quote from: leapinlew on February 24, 2019, 04:45:55 pm ---If we remove the "this company is a failure" tone from the original question, the few things that come to mind for improvement are:


* Control panel artwork - this is a major QC issue. It should have never happened. all new cabinets should come with deck protectors
* The warranty on the cabinet should be longer than 90 days
* Build in wifi features and a leader board so you can see how you rank.
* Figure out a way to save high scores
* Make the risers look less like a boot and allow them to be installed by connecting through the base, not by drilling through the sides of the game
* The back panel shouldn't have be secured by using screws into MDF. It should use a lock/cam system similar to the rest of the cabinet
* Build a strong 3rd party market of upgrades: lit marquees, upgraded controls, LED lighting, etc.
--- End quote ---
plastic is fine, Polycarb would be better.
Meh. If the build quality was better this wouldnt be an issue at all.
No. Useless.
Yes.
Agreed.
Indifferent.
The controls should be better from the factory. There's already a modding community for these things, not sure what A1U could do to improve upon it.  I suppose they cant make them too moddable or they might violate their toy licensing agreement.

JDFan:
As far as Tastemakers is concerned these were a very successful product - and the plans for the future show they are still thinking it will be going forward ( new bartops, wall hangers, new cabinets planned for 2019 in addition to the add on products they have planned ) - They sold a lot more of these than they had initially thought they would and have made a good amount of profit on the line.( The discounts retailers offered didn't effect tastemakers since they already made their wholesale sale.)  They have said it is already a 9 figure sales product for their company which can't really be called a failure !

yotsuya:

--- Quote from: JDFan on February 25, 2019, 11:58:19 am ---As far as Tastemakers is concerned these were a very successful product - and the plans for the future show they are still thinking it will be going forward ( new bartops, wall hangers, new cabinets planned for 2019 in addition to the add on products they have planned ) - They sold a lot more of these than they had initially thought they would and have made a good amount of profit on the line.( The discounts retailers offered didn't effect tastemakers since they already made their wholesale sale.)  They have said it is already a 9 figure sales product for their company which can't really be called a failure !

--- End quote ---

Nine figures is $100,000,000, or a hundred million dollars. I have a very hard time believing that figure.

Howard_Casto:
Ok let's do a bit of math to find out.  Let's say that they charged retailers $200 bucks a pop for these things.  That'd be half a million they need to sell.  There are 6363 Walmarts in the US and let's just assume that each one bought an average of 10 units.  That means they probably sold about 64,000 units to walmart.  They probably sold around the same to each retailer, so it's possible, but man that sounds like a stretch.  If they sold em for $300 a piece it would be about right, but that means that walmart and all of these places were losing money every time they marked them down to 200 and not making a dime when they were 300 (which has been practically the whole time they've been on sale).  That sounds unlikely. 

Yenome:
MSRP for arcade1up is 399 Walmart listed them for 299 and everyone else followed suit.

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