One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who buys electronic goods that are of a standard between those aimed at consumers and professionals.as modifier ‘the prosumer market’
- ‘Being a good deal smaller and lighter than its predecessor, it's barely larger than some of the prosumer types on sale.’
- ‘Its $1700 price point makes it a prosumer device.’
- ‘And while the line-input's audio quality isn't professional, or even prosumer level, it's still good enough for most consumer applications.’
- ‘Clearly it doesn't follow the previous line of prosumer cameras, all of which had a longer split swivel design with an ‘internal focusing’ lens.’
- ‘The processor will especially benefit prosumer and digital media enthusiasts, as well as those who run many software applications simultaneously.’
2A consumer who becomes involved with designing or customizing products for their own needs.
1980s: from professional or producer + consumer.
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