According to the 2002 Customer Focus report commissioned by Vertis, US adults say they research products online and then buy them at actual brick-and-mortar stores. Vertis found that this percentage rises substantially for specific home electronics such as MP3 players and home theaters. Only a few consumers prefer to research at a store and purchase online in general, but more will do so for home theaters (24%) and for digital TVs and/or high definition TVs (18%).
(digital TV, MP3 player, Home theater) Shopping Habits US Adults, 2002 (% respondents)
The Vertis survey reported that when consumers were asked what features they value, besides price, when purchasing home electronics 47% said brand matters -- down from 50% who said the same in 1998. This year, slightly more respondents (16%) say they value quality sales staff compared to 1998 (14%).
Important Features When Buying Consumer Electronics (% of respondents)
A Retail Forward survey from June 2002 supports the point made by Vertis. Retail Forward determined that compared to personal computers, major appliances, clothing and toys, more US internet users will research consumer electronic items online and subsequently buy them from the relevant brick-and-mortar store.
Products Researched Online and Purchased At Retail, 2002 (% of respondents)
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