Retailers Share Products/Strategies That Drive Profit
Dealerscope recently spoke with several regional, independent CE retailers to gauge which products and technologies generated the most profit last year and those expected to do the same this year. Make sure to read the full report with our regional retailers in February’s issue of Dealerscope.
Albert Liniado, Datavision: Based on what happened toward the end of 2007, I think flat-panel prices will continue to drop. Apple sales did very well, although we hadn’t been able to carry the iPhone. MP3 was also very strong, as was LCDs and the smaller notebooks. And gaming systems were just unbelievable this year. Wii was above all, but availability was a little spotty at the holidays, and Xbox did well. PS3 was also good; once they ran out of 80GB units, there was momentum in the 40GB version.
Shawn Driscoll, Nodak Supply: I think we have one more really good year of HD being really hot. Now the media are talking about it constantly and you hear about it every week. There’s no doubt that has driven business. In appliances,we’re selling quite a few induction cook-tops – it’s fun and it’s good margins. We’re also selling more bottom-mount refrigerators.