Regional Retailers on the State of the CE Industry
DEALERSCOPE: How important is the sale of home networking products to your business today? Do you have a separate division dedicated to networking products and gear? Have you developed new services around that, or any other solutions?
Maloney: We don’t do any home networking yet. Fifteen years ago, we were heavily into the wiring of houses but got out of it in the late ‘90s, and that’s now become a big business. We might do it, but it’s not something that’s on the forefront for us.
Lavine: It’s a small part, a nice part of our business, but not huge. As the industry continues to mature, we’ll add space accordingly. As long as we can make money in it, we’re interested in it. If we can’t, we’re not. Even though it might start out at 30 or 40 points, after you add the people to it and the delivery and installation and everything else, if you can’t make a good dollar at it, then it would need to be re-examined.