Just out of curiosity, maybe someone can enlighten me about the costs: In the car industry it is pretty common (at least with higher priced cars) that the buyer can customize a car to a very high degree and then it gets manufactured exactly like that. Parts get transported, but everything is pretty much automatically done by at the assembly/production lin robots.
I'm pretty sure that cars could be cheaper if there were only three models. But at the same time I think that a manufacturers who would go without customization would also sell less cars. Taste and needs are very different.
What I wanna say/ask: wouldn't a similar approch be possible for computers. It would be just a certain certain logic that would decide which parts are needed at a which specific time at certain position of the assembly line to produce a certain model with certain parts: CPU, amount of ram soldered to the board, SSD size, combined with accessoires like keyboard (layout) and so on.
I for my part haven't bought a tablet in the last 4 years exactly because of the fact: There has never been a model with 16GB of ram, a bright display an onboard graphic s to get a silent and long lastinf device. Although all necessary parts could be found in on of the offered models.
Could something like this be done at some point in the future? It would also be good for the environment since devices would last longer and wouldn't buy a buy one every two years. Reasonv Buyers woulnd spend their money on tge features they realky need insted of buying nothon (needed fratures in modrl is to expensive) or buiying a model they can afford but thas has i.e. not enough memory. I think you could get a lot of attention and potential buyers from this. What do you other guys/girls think?
Some things that would need to be considered:
In case a buyer custumizes a device an decides not no to keep it, I can think of several possibilities:
- Either he needs to pay a certain percentage (part of the contract, but could still prevent some people from buying in the fist place).
- Or returned devices are sold as "Warehouse Deals" as Amazon does this which would mean that the profit needed to be high enough so that there is still of profit margin left after checking the device for errors and selling with a slightly discounted price.