Attitudes from the Editor
The holiday shopping season is over, and we're into the return, exchange and after-holiday sale season. Though the numbers aren't in yet, based on anecdotal conversations with retailers and my own observations of the crowded mall parking lots throughout December, 2002 didn't end on such a bleak note after all. Just about every report on holiday shopping listed CE products as the hottest category for gifts. DVD players, and the accompanying software, sold like candy canes. Video game consoles, digital cameras and PDAs also rated high on wish lists.
Of course, that doesn't mean that everything is rosy. Unemployment is up; technology corporations continue to let employees go; and world affairs are becoming more unstable. But our world, the CE world, keeps growing. Many of you reading this now are attending the Consumer Electronics Show. Look around. Do you see empty booth space, suffering businesses and uninspired products, or do you see technology and markets alive with energy? The CE industry's success and perseverance is a credit to the strength of the people involved in it, the people who develop the technology, design the products, promote the categories, market and sell the products. Which brings me to my next point
Once again, Dealerscope has the pleasure of inducting some very special people into our prestigious Hall of Fame. The Dealerscope Hall of Fame is made up of individuals whose contributions to consumer electronics have made a permanent place for themselves in the life and history of this dynamic industry. This year we welcome leaders Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, Joe and Rachelle Friedman of J& R Music and Computer World, Dr. Larry Hornbeck of Texas Instruments, Sam Runco of Runco International and Jeff Stone of Tweeter.