Think how this must be effecting the Sharp Dealer community! Even if it turns out not to be true, which I think it is, the competition will use FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) to stop customers from buying a Sharp MFD.
I know of one small Sharp \ Canon dealer based in RI that Sharp has funded them to open up in Boston. He hired a top Sales Manager ($$$) and leased space. If Sharp sells their copier business what happens to that agreement? Even if they honor the agreement they just made it 10 times harder for this RI dealer to sell Sharp effectively in Boston.
How about other dealers that have Sharp as their MAIN brand? I am not sure if there are any single line dealers anymore? But these Sharp dealers must be strengthening the relationship with their second line, and maybe reaching out to other Manufactures.
If Kyrocera does indeed buy Sharp, then the Kyrocera Dealers and maybe the Kyrocera \ Sharp dual line dealers will be the big winners.
The other big winner regardless of what happens is all of us who sell against Sharp. The uncertainty alone will tilt the playing field away from Sharp!