Doesn't it appear that Nikon is playing a "Where's Waldo" game!
See if you can find all of the D200 clues, piece the puzzle together.
Some say this is random and done by mistake, I think it is calculated and designed specifically to get feedback. A company of this magnitude does not hide something for a year and then have the bottom drop out, it just doesn't work that way.
Cold and calculating, specific and goal orientated. That is what I see.
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#1. "RE: Where's Waldo?" | In response to Reply # 0Valentino Registered since 04th Dec 2004Mon 31-Oct-05 01:00 PM
It's kind of late for them to get feedback.
Right now it's just a waiting game for us to see what is real. The irony is it being "Trick or Treat" day in the US
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#2. "RE: Where's Waldo?" | In response to Reply # 0jbloom Nikonian since 15th Jul 2004Mon 31-Oct-05 01:30 PM
I don't agree. During that year of hiding, all of the information was contained in the main Nikon engineering and production facilities. Now, in order to do a product launch on November 1, they have to get all of the publicity material out to the marketing groups in each country prior to that date. Each marketing group then needs to develop the publicity material for the country or region they cover and get it ready for release on Nov 1. That involves hundreds (at least) of people. With that large a group in on the secret, it's not at all unlikely for a few of those people to screw up and accidentally release information (or just let friends in on the news) before the embargo is lifted. The fact that the leaks have come from several different places simply confirms that.
Plus, I can't see the value to Nikon. Feedback? To what purpose?
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#4. "RE: Where's Waldo?" | In response to Reply # 3sduford Basic MemberMon 31-Oct-05 04:45 PM
That's what market research is for, they've figured out the price point a long time ago. In fact,t he camera was most likely diesgined with a price point in mind all along.
This is all just mistakes, not an organized strategy.
#5. "RE: Where's Waldo?" | In response to Reply # 0
Actually, Nikon is a rather compact company with a rather insulated core of folks in Japan. Nikon in Japan has at best loose control over the way distributors work. Read Thom Hogan's comments on his view of Nikon's weakness in areas of customer service and marketing communications. Nikon USA, Nikon UK and other distributors are quite autonomous. They often have interests that conflict with the interests of Nikon's worldwide image and customer relations.
Nikon marketing has had such a long history of poor communcations in the US market that it's really a stretch to see them become cold and calculating evil geniuses over night. But maybe you see brilliance where I see clumsiness. If so, is their brilliant strategy working on you? Are you more likely to buy from a cold and calculating company, or one where marketing is kinda sloppy because these folks are really more into the camera-making rather than managing worldwide marketing strategy?
#6. "RE: Where's Waldo?" | In response to Reply # 5N80 Charter MemberMon 31-Oct-05 08:33 PM
Good points BJ. But I'll throw in my theory. Again. I think they just don't care. Why should they care if a bunch of geeks like us catch a test post on the NikonDigital site? Nikon makes product announcements but they've never been into whiz bang super secret promotional bomb dropping like Apple Computer. I can just see some high level Nikon execs being told by a low level VP that if things are done they way they are usually done there will be leaks, and the execs looking at each other and saying 'so what'. It certainly may be a little more calculating than that. They may ask how much would it cost to keep things leak proof...and when they find out then saying 'so what'.
My totally uniformed take is that they could, if they really wanted or needed to, keep the big secret but they realize that it really makes no difference if there are leaks are not. The leaks don't hurt much and keeping the secret until 'the' day doesn't help much. Why lose sleep over it. I personally don't think there is a lot of hand wringing or summary firings going on in Nikon Land.
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