April 1, 2014
News - Fluke, we love you but yo…
You are not alone, Sparkfun. Fluke sued Extech in 1997 about the same thing. Now you know why Extech meters are not yellow (anymore). Fluke was so pleased with themselves that they put out a press release about it: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/fluke-and-extech-resolve-lawsuit-75507097.html I would not expect them to behave any differently towards you or otherwise relent, unfortunately.
What their hubris keeps them from realizing however is that the days of John Fluke’s God-motherhood-and-apple-pie, American-made multimeter are long gone. They themselves sell nice Chinese-made meters. It is a commoditized product in a market that is increasingly harder to dominate more due to the number of participants and the incredibly flat distribution (ebay, amazon, anyone?).
So, Fluke, it’s your party and you can cry if you want to. Have your yellow-bordered cake and eat it. Your glory days are numbered.
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