Consumer technology sales during Black Friday Week fall 3% year-over-year in unit sales and 4% in dollar sales, in line with broader trends; popular products were centered around digital creators, such as microphones, mounts, lighting: Circana

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CHICAGO , December 13, 2023 (press release) –

The Black Friday shopping week proved to be more popular with consumers seeking value when making some of their bigger ticket tech purchases. Specifically, unit sales of televisions grew 3% compared to the 2022 Black Friday Week. 

“This year’s holiday tech consumers are more focused on the value of their purchase than just getting the lowest price,” said Paul Gagnon, consumer technology industry advisor for Circana. “Black Friday shoppers had a more leisurely shopping experience this year, with ample inventory to choose from as they took advantage of bargains on big screen TVs, and opted for higher priced computer purchases.”

The average selling prices of tech products were a mixed bag during the two traditionally peak holiday shopping weeks, consisting of promotional pricing activity as well as purchase shifts to some higher-priced products. Over Cyber Week, the overall average prices on tech purchases were only down slightly compared to last year, but were actually higher in some key categories like computers and audio. Compared to last year, October prices were lower than those seen so far during the core holiday shopping period. Beyond TVs and computers, higher end camcorders and detachable lens cameras also got attention from consumers over Black Friday Week, driving the average selling price of the overall camera category up 20% compared to last year.

“Retail real estate noticeably centered around digital creators this Black Friday, emphasizing microphones, mounts, lighting, and entry-priced streaming sticks and security cameras,” said Ben Arnold, consumer electronics industry analyst for Circana. “There is a different mix of categories vying for a slice of the holiday budget this year, including the latest game consoles and new VR headsets.” 

“Consumers are starting to emerge from their pandemic splurges, and looking for products that they feel are worth spending on in the current economic environment,” added Gagnon. “The still challenged but improving trends, combined with a lack of deeper discounts in recent weeks and fewer concerns over inventory levels than in the past, signal a likelihood of tech consumers shifting their shopping to later in the season.”

 

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Circana is the leading advisor on the complexity of consumer behavior. Through unparalleled technology, advanced analytics, cross-industry data and deep expertise, we provide clarity that helps almost 7,000 of the world’s leading brands and retailers take action and unlock business growth. We understand more about the complete consumer, the complete store, and the complete wallet so our clients can go beyond the data to apply insights, ignite innovation, meet consumer demand and outpace the competition. Learn more at www.circana.com.

 

 


 

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