steve1010 wrote:Price of a Freeview box in around 2002 was £100, price of a box by 2010 around £25 what happened?
around 1995 i sold the Ferguson 14 inch portable tv for £179 now today in Tesco a 43 inch LCD set is £199, who's going to bother having those repaired ? are they even repairable ?
I gave up selling small screen TVs in 2000, the price of a Ferguson 14" TV had fallen to £149.00 and I was still expected to do free delivery and fiddle about with the loop aerial to attempt secure decent pictures.
Mark up if you were lucky was £20.
Remember the ITV Digital debacle? Lots of unnecessary form filling. That enterprise went bust and Freeview took over digital TV. Isn't it strange how we were paying more than £100 for set top boxes and now such items can be bought for less than £20. Was someone making big profits from these things? One thing is sure I wasn't.
The last ten years in this trade have been terrible.
I remember in 2006 the VAT inspector remarked about the greatly reduced turnover in recent years. I explained it was not because any fault of mine, it was just the way the industry was going.
Ten years ago my main source of shop income was still TV rental and even by then was just about finished. There was never any enquiries from new customers.
Sales had diminished to one set per week.