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Ken Crane's Closing
Posted 24 June 2010 - 08:55 AM
Posted 24 June 2010 - 08:59 AM
It's a shame when businesses close but this one was not a major player in my life.
those of DBSTalk.com, DIRECTV, DISH, The Signal Group, or any other company.
Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:05 AM
Many moons ago!
HR34-700 & HR24-200
HDMI > HDMI Switch > Toshiba DLP
NetGear Ethernet Switcher
Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:06 AM
Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:09 AM
Posted 24 June 2010 - 10:20 AM
This article doesn't say it, but Ken Crane's went from their best year ever in 2006 to out of business four years later. Wowzah. It's obviously the economy, but it's also a changing marketplace. In 2006, people were buying HDTV flat screens like crazy. Not any anymore. Ken Crane's has always had a great emphasis on video, and when the market - and their margins - fell apart, so did they.
Here's the article in T.W.I.C.E.
Posted 25 June 2010 - 10:10 PM
People don't really need to depend on sales people either. You can get all the info and opinions you need from the internet. How many times have you walked into a CE retailer and knew far more than the salesperson... nearly everytime for me.
The land of salespeople not being salespeople is here. There are no more salespeople in CE. They are all clerks or associates or team members... no commision = no reason to be knowledgeable.
Posted 05 November 2010 - 06:34 AM
Posted 11 December 2010 - 10:36 AM
I was a frequent visitor to the laserdisc store in the 1990s. I would make two or three business trips to LA each year and made the drive to Westminster every time and lugged a huge number of laserdiscs back via airline carry on. My last visit there was when they were finally phasing out laserdiscs and going DVD exclusive (1999) and I found nothing DVD that I couldn't get locally.
I was in the Beach Blvd AV hardware store across the street one time in the mid-'90s. I remember seeing the original 42" Philips Plasma TV there on display for $45,000.
Probably the last thing to kill them was the California Energy requirements for TVs. The mid-to-high end TVs probably couldn't be sold under the new rules and created a gap in their biggest market segment.
Sad to hear they are gone.