Accessories Roundtable- Putting Top Priority on Secondary Goods
Glenn Laumeister: Probably our biggest category is [cell phone] batteries. We find that batteries are being bought not just as replacement batteries, but in order to have additional batteries. Whether it's an iPod extended life battery or a slim line battery for your cell phone, people are buying power because these new products take so much power and the battery life [of some products] is not very long. What's happening is the power consumption of these new products is out-pacing the battery technology. What they do is go out and find a solution, which is: let me buy more battery power to attach to my product, so that when I'm on a trip, I don't run out of juice. That's going to keep growing.
Also, we also see a lot of cable [sales]. People are buying a lot of cables to connect these products. So whether it's a USB replacement cable for their digital camera to connect to their computer, they buy an extra one for the office. There's a lot of of cable being required to connect all of these devices. But they are tending to not be clear on which one works with what and they're looking for direction and that's where the retailer can help out.
In the gaming area, online gaming is really big now, so people are buying headsets and other types of cabling and controllers to play online gaming across the internet.