Daily Blog – John E. Johnson, Jr. – March 16, 2008: CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SALES HEADED FOR A FALL?

Someone reported an opinion that consumer electronics are headed for a big fall, namely plummeting sales. She was referring to computers and related products, not the A/V world. When it was pointed out that sales are OK right now, she said, well yeah, but disaster is on the way.

I don’t necessarily agree with this. Yes, the economy is trembling right now, but when I feel depressed about such news, I retreat into the world of the things that give me comfort. That includes such activities as browsing the Internet, listening to music, watching movies, and having at least one rich hot chocolate a day (cold chocolate milk in the summer). It is comforting to do this, and I plan to do more of these activities now, not less. I may buy a new A/V product sooner, not later.

During the Great Depression, people swarmed to the movies because it let their minds escape the realities of the economy. It made them feel good. It was comforting.

It will be interesting to see what kind of movies do the best at the box office as the economy struggles. I hope Hollywood has some “comforting” stories to tell.