Maybe there’s not much of a market for Mac clones after all. Gregg Keizer presents the basic facts in ComputerWorld:
The Mac clone maker now fighting for its life in federal court pitched an extremely aggressive business plan to potential investors last year, claiming that it would sell as many as 12 million machines in 2011.
Psystar’s projections to investors was to sell about as many clones as Apple sells Macs.
Under its conservative projections, Psystar told investors it would sell 70,000 computers in 2009, 470,000 systems in 2010 and 1.45 million machines in 2011. The firm’s aggressive growth model, however, put those numbers at 130,000, 1.87 million and 12 million during 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively.
It’s hard to believe any investor would buy into those projections. How many units did Psystar actually sell?
After digging through invoices, purchase orders and other documents, Lynde (Dr. Matthew Lynde, consultant for Cornerstone Research) was able to pinpoint only 768 sales of machines with Mac OS X pre-installed.
The case goes to trial in January, 2010. How did the case even get this far?