Monday, March 28, 2011
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Do you know that Nintendo's 3DS handheld gaming console actually costs just USD 101, even though it sells at a cost of USD 249.99? According to a preliminary estimate by UBM TechInsights, this is the total estimated cost of the hardware that goes into making the 3DS, as reported by Eurogamer.
That being said, it cannot be discounted that the extra cost of USD 149 can be accounted for by the money being spent in several years of research and development as well as general labor, packaging and distribution costs. Nintendo follows a strategy similar to that used by Apple when it sells its gadgets for a higher cost right from the start, unlike Microsoft and Sony, who are known to sell their consoles at a loss and then making up for those losses from the software sales.
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