LANGE REIHE 29
D-2000 HAMBURG 1
Translated from http://www.wolkenkratzerhaus.de/VZ/Historie.htm
As general importer for Germany the company SANYO VIDEO entered Distribution in Hamburg Lange Reihe 29, later renamed CE-TEC Trading GmbH. On the 1.1.1986 the company moved to Ahrensburg. Afterwards it changed its name to ACER, Acer - Cetec GmbH, Ce-Tec Data Technology GmbH, ACER-Cetec Computer GmbH. Hard to understand structures. -> See also software.
The VZ / LASER were sold at a low-cost computer mainly from the department stores Neckermann, Quelle, Karstadt and Kaufhof.
According to estimates, a total of 30 to 50 thousand units in Germany. - Target group were pupils and students.
Anyone who aquired the necessary peripherals (color monitor, printer, floppy disk, memory expansion, joysticks, printer interface) in addition to the computer (DM 300 to DM 450) had nevertheless spent DM 3,000 and more on his system. Compared to other systems of that time a rather large amount. (Note: A salesman was happy if he earned DM 2,000 gross a month in the first year).
The main purpose of Sanyo Video / CE-TEC was probably the distribution of SANYO monitors. Then there were data recorders and printers from other manufacturers. The sale of LASER computers under the name of Sanyo Video was so misleading that SANYO finally refused the continued use of its name. They then renamed to CE-TEC, this company again used the name MPC 80 for their MSX version based on the SANYO computer (a Daewoo DPC 200 with German keyboard).
Trading in home computers was more of a side business than selling the video game CreatiVision.
However, this name confusion led to the fact that, for example, the LASER 310 in the magazine Happy Computer (9/1984) was praised as a Japanese product. In the Heyne MSX book D. Eirich made the same mistake in 1985, regarding the companies SANYO and Sanyo Video the same.