Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Gadget price declines slow for summer | CNET

Gadget price declines slow for summer | CNET "The rate of price cuts in consumer electronics has slowed, according to a study from The NPD Group, which examines the monthly prices of a hypothetical basket of electronic goods. While some products, such as wireless access points, continued to plummet, prices actually increased marginally for other products.
Of all the product categories tracked, 802.11g wireless access points dropped the most, falling 10.3 percent from May. Blank write-once DVD discs fell by 8 percent to less than $18 for a pack of 10 discs. Last year, 10 packs were $23.41.
Other notable price declines for June included 32-inch Direct View HDTVs, which fell below $900. These TVs have now fallen by nearly 33 percent over the past 18 months, according to the firm. Seventeen-inch LCD monitors and 20-inch LCD TVs also continued to decline.
Portable DVD players and DVD recorders increased in price from May to June, though both are down 36 percent and 45 percent since January 2003. Standard DVD players rose in June as well, at a time when another analyst firm has reported that per-unit profit for Chinese manufacturers of these boxes is down to $1."

I recently picked up a new Linksys 802.11b/g wireless cable router and a USB wireless adapter for $68, after rebates etc. -- pretty amazing.

Speaking of price watches (and watch prices), I noticed that all of the MSN Direct SPOT watches are on sale at -- hmm...

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