Final Customer Purchasing from the Product Producer

Maintain Steps: Maintain steps include all activities required to keep the product in working order. These steps include the costs the customer incurs to diagnose and correct product problems.

Resources: Reduce resources required for the use of the product

Money – Reduce the money the customer uses with the product

Reduce the customer's spending on other products used with the product

No. SIC Year Note
1 3571 2002 Warranty lengths tend to be standard within product categories, but some lesser-known companies are offering longer warranties to ease concerns about the reliability of their products. Budget PC maker Atlas Micro offers a three-year warranty on most parts, and a lifetime guarantee on labor. More established companies, on the other hand, may try to leverage their well-know brand image in order to get away with unusually short warranties. For example, the Apple iPod's warranty lasts just 90 days, compared with a full year for many lesser-known MP3 players.
2 7371 2003 Open-source movement grows where programmers program free of charge because of egoboo: a term for the rush one gets from public recognition. This open-source method often creates better software than standard industrial process.
3 7374 2002 Some traditional software makers are beginning to deliver many of their products online calling it outsourced software. Companies such as Oracle Corp. and PeopleSoft Inc. deliver some of their products on line as well. The potential market could top $600 billion. By outsourcing, software programmers can find and fix bugs more quickly because they are constantly monitoring the software.

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