Posted February 25 2005 - 04:45 AM
| So Joel, let me ask you (and anyone else), this question: If YOU were putting together the Weekly RoundUp...what sources would you find most useful in determining your DVD-buying patterns? |
I'll pick up the challenge:
1) I would keep Wal*Mart off the list for the reasons you already cited (regional pricing). They actually offer very little in terms of competitive pricing in my area
2) BB, CC and Target are good benchmarks of competition and for the time being are still willing to go the 'loss leader' route to draw on their core customers.
3) I might still show Amazon for a while since they are consistent, even if not always price leaders.
4) I would like to see DDD added to the list since this might encourage them to be more consistent as well. When they are high they are very high (much higher than B&M's on selected titles). When they are the price leader most people are not aware of their position and this effects their inventory for that title (they seem to be very judicious about keeping low inventories).
5) I like that you include Costco. In my case it is very useful though the accuracy is dropping off since they are not always going to follow the same pricing or stocking patterns between their online and their warehouse locations. Perhaps an adjustment to the specifics on this part of the list could be made in the first couple of weeks based on eyes in the street reporting here. I need to think about this one a bit...
6) It seems to me that when Dave decided to keep this list B&M only he already made the concession to Amazon. We might just expand it to DDD and perhaps DVD Empire (though the later is problematic for me since shipping costs in my area are also included with state taxes). I don't know if Buy.com would be worthwhile since they have been quite inconsistent I hear (I used to frequent them quite alot, especially after DVDExpress went belly up and buy.com carried the 40% discount policy for preorders).
All in all I wish DDD would upgrade their systems (their online information for tracking is abominable) and DVD Empire would find some way to ship from out of state for PA residents. I went from 100% online shopping to 20% to about 50% now. I don't know if others are splitting their orders between vendors, B&M's and online, or are just doing things out of habit and convenience. We all make decisions about 'value'. I remember my uncle telling me that 'some people will travel 10 miles to save a penny'. I guess I make similar judgments based on convenience vs. reliability vs. immediate gratification vs. habit vs. change of pace ...
Hope that gets the ball rolling for your poll, Mike. Thanks for accepting the challenge. Perhaps at the end you'll decide that the current structure works for the majority. If that's the case I encourage you to stick to your format. It already is more readable and is fulfilling an important function here
Thanks for all your efforts. I know it helps to know that you're appreciated.