By Lisa Johnston
New products on display at the American International Toy Fair, held in N
While Amazon’s new price check application may seem great for consumers, in the long run it’s not good for anyone. Consumers only THINK they only care about the lowest prices. Sure no one wants to feel stupid for paying more than they should. This is one of the reasons that Saturn was successful for a while. If you bought a Saturn you were sure that no savvier buyer was paying less than you.
But, in truth, consumers need more than a low price. Price shopping alone is
I carry around both an iPhone and a BlackBerry (9700 with slide up keyboard). I have a lot of friends who do the same thing. Why are many people willing to put up with carrying around two SmartPhones when one would appear to be able to do an adequate job? The answer is email.
While people love their iPhone (or Android) SmartPhone because of the better user interface and easy way to find, download and use applications, these devices are not very efficient if all you want to do is read
I know, it’s summertime, but I’m running Christmas carols through my head. Maybe it’s just me.
“Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat,
Won’t you please to put a penny in the old man’s hat.”
In boardroom and marketing departments, in buyers’ meetings and manufacturers’ sales presentations, there are a lot of people — smart people — trying to figure out what will
There are a number of websites that provide historical average prices for any number of things. For example, in 1975 the average price of a new vehicle in the US was approximately $4,200, which seems cheap compared with today. In 2010 the average was just more than $29,000, or just less than 700 percent more than in 1975.
However, based on annual inflation since then, the $4,200 1975 average new vehicle price today should be around $19,000. So, for whatever reasons the price of new
Paul Semenza - Senior Vice President, Analyst Services, DisplaySearch co-wrote this blog.
HP announced today that it is “exploring strategic alternatives” for its Personal Systems Group and exiting the market for webOS devices, which includes its TouchPad tablet. For years, critics have been agitating for HP to exit the PC business. With the board and
By the time you read this the fact that Best Buy’s quarterly profit is off 30 percent, a figure close to the decline in their stock price over the last year, will be old news, as will explanations of why that is (”the economy is bad”, “there are no really cool new things to sell”, “others are struggling as well”, etc.)
Some of that is true but is it enough so to explain otherwise dismal performance, particularly when there is no other
In the 1970s, Gary Dahl made a small fortune selling Pet Rocks. It was, understandably, a gimmick. It was a rock in a box with a “Care and Feeding” manual. He sold thousands, maybe millions. I had one that I was given as a gift.It was a phenomenon — not unlike Cabbage Patch Dolls, Tickle-Me Elmo or other products that retailers could not keep on the shelf.
Some holiday seasons thrive on “gotta-have” stuff like this — or
“Yes, yes, Apple makes an iPad, but does it make a movie?” Sony Chief Executive Officer Howard Stringer said in a presentation at Berlin’s annual consumer electronics fair yesterday. “We will prove that it’s not who makes the tablet first who counts but who makes it better.”
Bloomberg/BusinessWeek September 1, 2011
The combination of the first and last sentences in the same paragraph suggests to me that because
It seemed easy enough: Pick up a can of WD-40 from Home Depot and spray the front door so my wife would no longer know when I was sneaking out for a jelly donut in the morning.
A week later I pulled the cap off the can and found that the nozzle head was broken. Dismayed, I opened the door, it squeaked, my wife woke up, and I went directly to Home Depot. I put my $3.98 can of WD-40 on the returns counter, showed the associate the broken head, and asked if she could please exchange it.
For years, major retailers have created new revenue streams by transforming existing assets into paid media channels — e.g., product in-store signage, TV display ads, co-op circulars, etc.
That practice isn’t likely to change, but there’s a new asset retailers are increasingly looking to convert into a profit-making media channel: website visits. (See: Figure 1)
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