"Atari are aiming to sell up to 100,000 Falcons in the UK by Christmas as widespread advertising, distribution and importation of the Falcon finally gets under way this month. [...] If Atari succeed in achieving their projected sales of 80,000 to 100,000 Falcon sales in the UK, the software houses would be foolish to miss out on the opportunity for selling to game players."
SteveBagley wrote:It should be possible to estimate how many Falcons were sold by using the German tank problem approach (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_tank_problem), from the serial numbers of surviving machines.
Over on the Stardot forums, they've successfully used it to estimate how many of the various Acorn machines were sold.
christos wrote:ST Format quotes Atari UK for 100000
christos wrote:I've seen the number of 100000 in ST Format
applecrypt wrote:Wow. For such a powerful and beautiful computer, that ain't a lot...
Trixster wrote:And of those 10-12k, I wonder how many are still in existence and working?
mikro wrote:Look what I have found during a random search: http://narkive.com/5wogHqwb.3
Rodolphe Czuba: Number of falcons in the world : around 10.000 to 12.000 + 1.000 to 2.000 from C-LAB after. The complete PCB product from atari corp was 20.000, but only 12.000 were assembled and put in the market pipe. The other 8.000 were sent partially or totally to C-LAB (2 big cargo airflights from Sunnyvale to Germany it was told to me !) : it is why C-LAB do not modify the PCB (even it was urgent to do it : put a SIMM socket on the mb to avoid the ram card by example !!) for MK1/2/X machines--> they have to sold the atari PCB !
So it seems I was right all along with the 12000 units limit: viewtopic.php?f=27&t=24769&p=311392#p311297. Also this would explain why some PCBs from C-Lab have newer serial numbers while some older, perhaps they didn't bother replacing them.
catmando wrote:I've counted 32 on ebay since afew years ago but I think there were more
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