Mindovermaster, on 02 December 2012 - 01:55, said:
That is not true. I can name a whole bunch of people that prefer desktops over laptops.
So could I. That whole bunch however already have their desktops, and they are a VERY small minority in the larger picture. when you start a new business and invest lots of money you want your target group to be as large as possible, and it would be best if it provided a product that's otherwise hard to get.
unfortunately, it's a small target group of potential customers, the product is easy to get from large well known makers who provide excellent warranty service and have known reputations.
-T-, on 02 December 2012 - 07:20, said:
I used to do this from a PC store we ran, back in about 2001-2005. I do not recommend it. There is very little profit to be made and the hassle of providing support for the customers is mind numbing if you don't have a team capable of assisting. It's a nice idea and one I'm sure we've all thought of, it's just not practical
and this, the profit margins for computers today is ridiculously low, on bad days as low as 3% and sometimes on campaigns, negative. this is something a small one man company can't compete with, since you will also be buying the parts at a higher premium, and unlike the people who put these computers together, you can't survive at 5 cents an hour.
And as was pointed out, support and warranty will probably break you down the line. consumer laws protect the consumer, but there's no laws to protect the maker/shop, then you need to be able to afford a lawyer...