I was told in 1995 or 1996 by the Acorn computer dealer in glasgow , buchanan street, to not buy and acorn. I asked why. He said. they are blindingly fast. Way faster than ANY windows machine we can give you. I said so why not buy one? He said.....You cant get the software for them.
I bought an A5000 (actualy one fo Simtec's custom 8Mb machines from Stuart Tyrrell) simply because the software I wanted to run was a custom bit of kit.
Perhaps it was not Acorn'S FAULT with a perception from retail like that.