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    #1

    making them

    Please make the following in red clear for me.

    The price of the very first Walkman sold in Japan was $1,000. It debuted in the United States at around $200 in 1979 dollars. Sales and profits went through the roof---overnight, everyone was making them.

    Is it saying "everyone was making profits?"

    Thank you.

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    Re: making them

    Hi.

    *I AM NOT A NATIVE OR TEACHER.*

    Considering the form and context, the meaning must be, everyone was buying Walkman.

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    #3

    Re: making them

    No, everybody was making "Walkmans".

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    #4

    Re: making them

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    No, everybody was making "Walkmans".
    Do you mean everybody was producing the device? I asked the question because the brand belonged to Sony.

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    #5

    Re: making them

    Yes, but it became a generic term, and other manufacturers came out with competing products.

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    #6

    Re: making them

    Everybody was making products similar to "Walkmans".

    Is it correct?

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    #7

    Re: making them

    That's the correct meaning, yes. The original text was correct.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: making them

    Well, the original says "everyone". Admittedly, it is very unlikely that everyone/everybody in the world was making a product similar to a Walkman (I know I wasn't), but the original does use the word.
    Is this an AmE vs BrE difference. We use "everyone" and "everybody" mostly interchangeably.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: making them

    We cross-posted.

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    Re: making them

    I got it.
    Just to learn more, since "make" can also mean acquire/get/earn/..., theoretically, could the sentence refer to the buyers rather than producers?

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