One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An amateur who purchases equipment with quality or features suitable for professional use.‘the magazine is aimed at the prosumer who uses a $10,000 camera to make home movies of his dog’
- ‘Its $1700 price point makes it a prosumer device.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘And while the line-input's audio quality isn't professional, or even prosumer level, it's still good enough for most consumer applications.’
- ‘Being a good deal smaller and lighter than its predecessor, it's barely larger than some of the prosumer types on sale.’
- ‘The processor will especially benefit prosumer and digital media enthusiasts, as well as those who run many software applications simultaneously.’
2A prospective consumer who is involved in the design, manufacture, or development of a product or service.‘a panel of prosumers weighed in on the plans for the new shampoo’
1980s: from professional or producer + consumer.
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