Tech Extreme heeft een interresant stukje geschreven over OEM's, wat hun invloed is op de hardware producenten en belangrijker: wat de invloed is van monopolistische leverciers (lees Intel & Microsoft) is op de positie van de OEM's:
You would think that, since they are makers of OEM components, industry manufacturers (in a business sense) work for OEMs. At an initial glance, OEM's are the driving force of the computer industry. They put pressure on AMD and Intel to release chips that are faster and cheaper. If an OEM picks a particular video card like one from 3dfx or based on Nvidia cores, then that particular company gets a big boost. But, really, monopolistic titans of the manufacturing industry can bend OEMs to their knees at a moments notice.
[...] But, the question remains: how did OEMs let themselves get so bullied for so long? Well, the OEM market is extremely competitive, and therefore demands the lowest price around - all the time. When manufacturers like MS and Intel offer lower prices for loyalty and capitulation, the OEMs respond out of market share concerns. But, as someone in our own TechExtreme forums once said, "No one stays King forever." And everybody, even OEMs, have their breaking point.