Poor JooJoo, how we hardly knew you.
Despite the fact that they have begun shipping their pre-orders recent news has come to light that orders were abysmal and Fusion Garage the company behind it may be done for good.
Just how abysmal were the orders? Only 90 orders were made with 15 cancellations. That means only 75 slates were ordered and shipped out. This means the company made $37,000 in their media hype to sway people to buy their product.
This is a great example of a company you have never heard of, getting completely smashed in sales going up against the iPad which sold 200,000 in just three weeks.
This is dismal news for the newly formed company that is embroiled in a legal dispute with Michael Arrington and Techcrunch. These two companies were once partners until the Fusion Garage team, a start up took the technology they were working on, under contract and then started their own company. (legal documentation)
Speculation runs rampant in the technology industry about this, accusations run on how Fusion Garage was financed by unsavoury dealings which the other side get solid financing from legitimate sources. When the legal fillings were filed, the makers of JooJoo took down their corporate blog.
What is the JooJoo ‘s future? I do not have a crystal ball, but I would surmise with such abominable sales and the legal team they cannot afford, joined with a PR Firm they cannot afford, the future looks very bleak indeed.
Poor JooJoo I shall lament your passing. We hardly knew you.
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Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.