Originally Posted by GGG
Get a clue...
I'm in the wholesale trade and very familiar with Vizio. They have a meager staff in cali (about 100 folks), most are in customer service for their call center and some in marketing and distribution to their resellers, Sam's, Costco, etc.. Vizio does not have a true engineering or R&D dept. on anywhere near the scale of a Tier 1 (if anyone at all). They do not design their own panels, pcb's, power supplies, software or any componenbts (well maybe bezels). Neither does their assembly partner Amtran.
Amtran soley buys off the shelf panels, pcb's and components and assembles them, they design nothing other than integration of said components to work...Hence one of the reasons you see little (if any) service menus in their sets...their main mission is price point...period...
Thanks for cluing me in.
This is directly from the Vizio website:
Lowe says only about 130 people work at the company headquarters, and a couple of dozen more work in another U.S. facility. All the manufacturing, along with the detailed design work, is done primarily in Asia.
"I specify exactly what picture performance I require, what inputs I require. I get these teams of engineers to sit down and work out all the circuitry to make that happen," Lowe says. "I like to say I've got a thousand engineers working for me, but they're all paid by another company ... in Asia."
He chuckles a bit as he says this, but he adds that building TVs in the U.S. would require a huge capital investment and right now, at least, Vizio isn't about to make it.
The company buys the flat panels the major component in TVs directly from the suppliers, sometimes the very same suppliers that make panels for more expensive brands.
Because Vizio sells so many TVs, it has the clout to negotiate good prices on the parts it buys.
Their business model seems to be working.