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Thread: What do you understand by the term 'OEM'?

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    Default What do you understand by the term 'OEM'?

    So what do you understand by the term 'OEM'? e.g. 'OEM' battery, lens cap etc. Asking this question as I have seen quite a number of threads in buy/sell that use this term. What I understand by Original Equipment Manufacturer is that the Canon/Nikon/etc branded parts that was manufactured by someone else. "Third party" would refer to branding other than the Canon/Nikon/etc themselves.

    What's your understanding?


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    eh.. I understand it as (in a conventional way), parts made by original manufacturer, but rebranded

    for example..
    CD-rom drive made by pioneer, but sold and branded as creative

    that would be creative brand, OEM by pioneer

    in short, parts made by orginal manufacturer, but not sold by them

    but then.. nowadays everybody just lump the words altogether..
    (like OEM, third party, grey, etc)

    which are all very different actually

    in my understanding only.. correct me if i'm wrong

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    i always believed it to be : parts and brand made by the same original company..

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    OEM companys are third party manufacturers.Companies that are in the business of manufacturing, designing and even researching to produce products or parts for private labels.

    For example in taiwan there are a number of OEM manufacturers that manufacture and supply complete product or parts to brands like Dell, Sony, Toshiba or IBM.etc. In fact some OEM does almost all the parts and installation that the only thing that not done made by them or own by them is the label you stick on the final product.

    Without going into too much detail the company I work for also uses a number of OEM companies to produce our products.
    Last edited by sammy888; 3rd January 2005 at 03:59 PM.

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    My opinion.

    OEM = the company who manufactures the part

    the brand company contracts the oem to manufacture the item.

    eg; IBM harddrives were made by hitachi and branded as IBM. (and then IBM sold their drive unit to hitachi cos they screw up on a major QC problem resulting in bad brand reputation for IBM harddisks, so we now have hitachi harddrives.)

    its outsourcing..

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    i think everyone's right in their own way.

    As long as the final product is branded as something else other than the manufacturer. it's OEM..

    something like "creative brand, OEM by pioneer" as pointed out by lytefunk.
    some taiwan company just own a factory but no brand.. so they are also OEMers..

    If pioneer will to take the back door and consumers know their stuff well, they'll buy the same product from pioneer which usually costs cheaper but no warranty from creative - just an example.

    so your poll doesn't contain the correct answer!

    grey sets are just parallel imported and thus doesn't have warranty from the brand, but it's still manufactured by the same people! (there might be fakes though..)
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    Waht about OEM software?


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    As explained by lytefunk, OEM = original (equipment) manufacturer

    third party product is manufacture by another company for use with eg Nikon/Canon,etc

    Energizer makes batteries under their own brand. But they also OEM for others, like Fuji, etc ... u could ask them to brand it under yr own brand. Eventhough the batteries are from the same source (design & manufacture), the specifications are different. This is bcos of cost. If u tell Energizer that u want them to make battery for u at S$0.30 each, then the lifespan may be shorter, etc...

    alankuik - don laugh .. really got such thing as OEM software too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yeowww
    alankuik - don laugh .. really got such thing as OEM software too
    Those software that comes bundled with your pc when you bought it are OEM. Less features i guess. Those that cost mega bucks in the stores are the full version.

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    Default gives this definition

    original equipment manufacturer (OEM)
    A company that purchases computers or other complex components from manufacturers, adds other hardware or software, and sells the systems, often for specific applications.


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