Friday, August 3, 2007

Articles about the Medison press conference in English

I got a mail (or actually two from different people there) from IDG Sweden saying that they have translated two of their main articles about Medison to English. You can read them here:

Many questions surrounding the 150 dollar laptop
"Medison, a small Swedish PC company, claims they will sell a basic Linux-based laptop for only 150 US dollars. But the company has been called in question in blogs, forums, and news articles, because the computer shown on the company's web site seems very similar to a laptop from another producer. Two days ago Medison met the Swedish press to straighten things out."

Medison's founder: "I want to be Prime Minister"
"Medison's founder, owner, and managing director, Valdi Ivancic, has grand plans. Apart from selling the world's cheapest computers and opening factories here and there, he has plans to become Prime Minister of Sweden."

Read them both, it's really great stuff!


Anonymous said...

"Apart from selling the world's cheapest computers and opening factories here and there, he has plans to become Prime Minister of Sweden."

Opening factories "here and there" - pure gold, I laughed out loud (literally).

Anonymous said...

I would think that if he is serious about wanting to run for Prime minister starting a business that was a "Scam" or did not live up to the promises told to the media would seriously hurt his repuation. So I think that this gives him even more reason to prove the mass media and blogshpere wrong.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why none of the hard questions were asked/answered.

What about the broken laws, the withdrawn banners, the companies refusing to be affiliates, the Apple store, the iMac designs, the non-existing "international companies" Medison spawned.

There has been too much bullshit in the air, and it's left simply hanging there, stinking the whole place.

Tommy TruthSeeker said...

Thats exactly why he said it, to increase his credibility. The only problem is that it got out in the wrong way, and now everyone are laughing their asses off instead.

Tommy TruthSeeker said...

Actually, most of those questions were asked. Their only answers to those questions was "so?", "lies!" and that it was mistakes that they were going to correct. That was 48 hours ago now, and still nothing on their site.

and the actual scam is... said...

Posting a comment seen on Engadget, written by Xavier Gill, he seems to have discovered the model:


He reveals the scam towards the end of that article

"[..] Ivancic mentioned that the advertisements could cost anywhere between 15 000 dollars and almost three millon dollars."

1. Sensational claim leads tens of thousands to visit website
2. Gain revenue from advertising and a few gullible buyers
3. Refund the $150 in a few months after advertising money and interest has accumulated.
4. Take the remaining money and go on holiday.


It makes sense - he'll ship some laptops and just enjoy companies trip over each other to pay his outrageous banners ads, based on preorders and visits.

Of course the whole thing is too ridiculous for a serious company to buy into it, but I wouldn't be surprised there are gullible business owners who'd "partner" with him.

Anonymous said...

To the people who knows the details ... ;-)

Edie said...

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