Same problem as Tweisted here, would have never thought of Sharp for anything besides electronics, and they aren't even well known for that here. I think the only group of people that preferred Sharp products were MD enthusiasts over here, they were divided between Sharp and Sony. Sharp really doesn't have good mindshare in teh US, I don't know if more PR would help much at this point.
Where are people from who call vacuum cleaners hoovers? I've never heard that before. Calling flying discs "frisbees" and calling small bandage strips "band-aids" are the most common eponyms I can think of here.
Sharp started off like Sony totaly different companies from what they are doing today. Sharp copyrighted their mechcanical pencils way back in 1925 or was it 1890 something. Anyway, much earlier than I had even imagined.
Sharp sold their rights and used that money to invest in the electronics sector.
True Sharp isn't really known like Sony but their products are pretty normally better than Sony. Sony no longer really produces anything in Japan anymore thereby dropping in quality. My Sharp video deck is still kicking after close to 9 years.
I agree with moyashi...kinda.
The old Sharp things here in the states are great...I still have a Sharp TV that is almost 10 years old...still great, but Sony is producing great products over here.
Sony and RCA are the 2 top producers with Pioneer, Sharp, Fujitsu, and others pulling up the rear.
Pioneer, and Bose are gaining a lot of ground in home sterios.
Fujitsu is pushing up in the way of small electronics like cameras and things like that.
RCA is a staple of the US...they have been around for a very long time producing great things.
RCA stands for Radio Corporation of America which was born out of GE in 1919. RCA went on to buy Victor Talking Machine Company (established in the US in 1901) over 70 years ago. I think we can rest assured that they are an American compnay.