You can unfortunately say that about the entire situation of Conan in America. It's pretty rough but I can see why people laugh and mock how the IP was handled here. It's just disappointing to me though. Of course I'm more bummed about what has happened rather than that hypothetical. Besides, if it made it that far I'm sure the sales would have increased. It seemed to be heading towards that pattern when the CC S5 DVD was released and made it to the top sales of Funimation DVDs on Amazon.
People really didn't like the more juvenile days of Conan here. I guess it didn't help that despite Funimation wanting older viewers they tried to market it in a really cliche obnoxious kid noir way that makes some of their promotions hard to sit through. I think if I saw some of what they were putting out first I'd get the wrong idea too.
I think the best thing to come out of this is to just say America doesn't really deserve Conan. I mean, I'm anxious about the new movie dub(s) but as for a huge IP success, people prefer other stuff or were turned off by the marketing of the anime, since the manga is still running here.