[opendtv] PluggedIn: Back-to-school gadget prices take a fall

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  • Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 14:48:06 -0400

     PluggedIn: Back-to-school gadget prices take a fall
     - Jul 27, 2004 01:18 PM (Reuters)

By Caroline Humer

NEW YORK, July 27 (Reuters) - Students hoping to fill their
backpacks with notebook-sized computers, portable DVD players,
digital personal assistants and other gadgets are getting a
pleasant surprise.

Many of these popular items are now more affordable.

Back-to-school sales and promotions kick off the consumer
electronics buying season, which runs through the December
holidays, and go a long way toward livening up the
otherwise-slow summer period.

Because many popular electronics products have been around
for a few years, their prices are dropping and their quality is
improving, making them both more attractive and more affordable
for students, analysts said.

Overall prices for hot consumer electronics gadgets like
handheld digital assistants, digital music players and
keychain-sized flash data storage devices have declined 5
percent to 10 percent from a year ago, said Stephen Baker,
director of industry analysis for market research firm NPD


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