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How I Learned to Love the Robot Overloads

There’s one overwhelming stereotype in American sci-fi films: machines are not to be trusted.  Some day they’ll grow their own consciousness and humanity will be doomed.  
 
But I refuse to submit to the evil-Skynet notion that permeates so many conversations...
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Recession and Our Obsession with Gadgets!

Today's customers, myself included, are more passionate about our gadgets, be it that shiny new petite digital camera with 12 Megapixels, face recognition and optical image stabilization, or that Blu-ray Disc Player exhilirating us with all 2 million pixels delivered in our newly installed home theater system. We want better technology, and more innovation and we're not afraid to pay good money for it.

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Will HDTV Manufacturers and Retailers Pay Penalty for Increasing Prices Too Soon?

Retrevo released its monthly CE Pulse Report today. This report summarizes noteworthy trends in consumer electronics using Retrevo's CE Price Index and CE Demand Index. So what's the highlight for the month of April? Of course HDTVs. While the month of April brought some relief to manufacturers of consumer electronics categories such as Digital Cameras, Camcorders and DVD Players where demand stabilized and showed signs of a rebound, HDTVs continued their downward slide in demand. So what gives? How about a 30% increase in ASPs (Average Selling Prices) from January to mid-April?  read more »

 

Are CE Industry's Green Efforts in Trouble?

Retrevo recently completed a study of consumers buying behavior when it comes to green products. Of course most consumers (75%) claim that buying green products is important to them. But majority of them aren't willing to pay a premium to buy them -- a staggering 35% consumers said they would be unwilling to pay any premium whatsoever, more than 50% won't pay more th  read more »

 

Gadgetology Green Study

Consumers’ Views on Buying Environmentally-Friendly Electronics Products

 

How important is being “green” (environmentally friendly) to you when buying consumer electronic products, e.g., buying products that typically use less energy, include the energy saver tag?

 
 
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Are HDTVs Still Buzzing on Black Friday?

We are pretty much done with the Black Friday. As I mentioned in my last report on Thanksgiving night, HDTVs were all the rage according to the Retrevo Pulse. Did this excitement continue through the Black Friday? Well, overwhelmingly yes. Two to one from unit volume perspective c  read more »

 

What's Buzzing Ahead of Black Friday - 1st Report?

As consumers divert their attention from thanksgiving festivities and get ready for Black Friday marathon, where are they likely to be heading a few hours from now? Here are preliminary findings from Retrevo's real-time pulse:  read more »

  1. Did we think people won't buy HDTVs? Well, we would be wrong if we assumed that. Heavy interest in HDTVs. heavy interest in Sharp HDTVs at Sears, Samsung & Sharp HDTVs at Circuit City,
 

Where is the Pulse Now?

So as we enter the holiday season, the natural question to ask is "what are people going to be buying"? Black Friday promotions didn't start with the same fanfare as last year with only Wal-Mart coming out with BF deals.BestBuy and other retailers decided to wait it out until the real BF. So what indicators do you use? Well, we usedRetrevo Pulse to check out and here is the verdict:  read more »

 

Is the iPhone a Bargain?

So here comes another news from Apple. In their usual style, Apple announced a complete upgrade of ipod line of products.  read more »

 

Is There Brand Affinity in Consumer Electronics?

Japanese manufacturers (sony, panasonic, canon, sharp) have long been the established brand names for consumer electronics products until Korean manufacturers (Samsung,  read more »