Cisco says “Screw You” To Loyal Videographers
Dan asks: I feel screwed after reading your tweet about Cisco stopping production of the Flip camera. I just purchased it based on recommendations and now it goes away? What! I’m returning this thing and purchasing a Zi8. Good thing I have my receipt. Unless you have any other news that it’s not going away?
Answer: Yes, it’s true the Flip is going bye, bye and users, like yourself, are a little angry to say the least.
So angry they created a few petitions and websites to fight back. Here are the mainstream ones:
Personally, I would grab one while they are still available, once they are sold out then that will be that. Treat them well and it can last you 2 or 3 years, but I am not sure if they’ll be any support, extended warranty or even a replacement battery.
I hope someone will buy the Flip part of the business and keep it going.
Look on the bright side: there are other alternatives from Sony and Kodak (see our comparison of the Flip and Kodak cameras) to name a few. Plus, we’ll probably be able to buy a bunch of Flips at great prices now.
Save your receipt or save the Flip- it’s your choice.
Here is a snippet from AP in case you think this is a late April fool’s joke:
Cisco Systems Inc., one of the titans of the technology industry, on Tuesday said it is killing the Flip Video, the most popular video camera in the U.S., just two years after it bought the startup that created it.
It appears to be a case of a big company proving a poor custodian of a small one, even one that makes a hit product. Cisco never meaningfully integrated the Flip Video into its main business of making computer networking gear.
Flip Video users are now lamenting the demise of a camera that broke new ground. It was inexpensive, pocketable and very easy to use, from shooting to editing and online sharing. These features have been copied by many other manufacturers, but the Flip Video still outsells them.