Consumer Electronics Sales Leveling Off
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Interest in holiday purchases of consumer electronics appears to be leveling off this year after peaking in 2003, a new survey found.
The demand for electronics gear is still healthy but interest in high-definition televisions, DVD players, game consoles, PCs, digital video recorders, cell phones and wireless networking equipment all dipped a little, the Ipsos-Insight survey found.
From a list of 18 electronics items, only printers and satellite radio gained slightly, though the difference is still within the margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Interest in digital cameras, home theater systems, satellite TV, portable MP3 players, personal digital assistants and DVD recorders held steady.
About one in four consumers said they wanted a new cell phone or PC, making them the most-wanted items, followed by digital cameras, DVD players, then printers.
The survey of 1,000 adults was conducted Oct. 28 to Nov. 5.