Originally Posted by rogo
I just want to point out that in my own definition of "mainstream", I'm not really even sure what I was writing on 3/1/11. I mean, by then it was clear the Sharp 70" would be increasingly common given the price.
For what it's worth, they sold about 200,000 of them worldwide last year, a relatively small number compared to Mercedes autos, which also have an installed based of millions on top of existing sales."
How so? Most of their vehicles are off the road within ten years (yes, that's true) and they sold barely 250,000 cars and suv's in 2011.
Mercedes is not mainstream. It is a well-known luxury brand.
Massive, massive, distinction.
There's a fundamentally incorrect definition of the word "mainstream" being applied here. Just because something is known
/recognized (even widely) does not make it mainstream within a given populace.
You could argue for instance, that Mercedes are mainstream
in Beverly Hills or in the Los Angeles Lakers player parking lot, but they are in no way, shape, or form mainstream nationally, or certainly, globally.
Even by your own definition (which is redefining an already accepted word with accepted definitions
) Mercedes are certainly not "common" in 99% of this country. Count the number of cars you pass before you encounter one.
They are, rather, expensive, exclusive, automobiles that only a fraction of the populace can afford and choose to drive.
Really, we likely agree on the vast majority of this anyway.