With sales in Japan amounting to less than one percent of its total sales, Samsung has decided to pull back from the land of ramen vending machines due to "poor profitability." As of the end of the October, Samsung's no longer selling any of its consumer products in Japan, though it'll continue to sell computer monitors directly to businesses and components like memory chips. The retreat will "have no impact on Samsung's bottom line." We could speculate on some of the reasons on why no one in Japan bought Samsung products, but uh, we're just not gonna go there. [NYT]
@flyboy: You see this in other markets as well. The japanese golf market, for example, has completely different branding than the US market because they prefer to buy domestically made products.
They also require a billion times more technical data because the average japanese customer does lots more research before purchasing.
Which takes us right back to "why don't they buy samsung? We won't go there" :)