Electronics Market Gives Los Angeles Residents Many Choices

By: Matthew Paolini

As the most populous city in Southern California, Los Angeles has a huge number of consumer electronics stores. With just about 50 Circuit City stores and 18 Best Buys, two of the largest electronics retailers are plentiful indeed. One can also add to that, the over 1,000 smaller shops and chain stores and you can see a situation where the populace has many choices as they go on the lookout for their next big screen TV.

The phrase consumer electronics is associated with electronic equipment built for everyday use. The products are most often utilized for communications, entertainment and personal productivity. Leading consumer electronics products include PCs, phones, audio equipment, televisions, and calculators. Popular brands of electronics include many huge domestic and foreign manufacturers, such as Apple, Philips, Samsung, Sanyo, Sony and Toshiba, among others.

The Consumer Electronics Association projects 2007 nationwide consumer electronics purchases at 150 billion dollars. A very large portion of those sales can be found in Los Angeles, and other major cites like New York and Boston.

As already noted, consumer electronics are built around the globe, though there is an extremely high concentration of manufacturing performed in Asia, particularly China and Singapore. The most cutting-edge consumer electronics are previewed yearly at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV, which is near to Los Angeles, at which many industry pioneers make speeches including Microsoft's Bill Gates.

One interesting characteristic of the consumer electronic field is the continuous trend of lower prices. Industry insiders posit that such a development is caused by gains in manufacturing efficiency and more use of automation, combined with many improvements in semiconductors. The popularly observed Moore's Law, says that, for a specific price, electronics industry functionality doubles every 18 months.

Consumer electronics in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the country, and in the world, continue in a trend of functional combinations, wherein a DVD player and television become a media center, combining characteristics of several electronic items. Consumers face difficult decisions when looking for electronics items. It is starting to be more about a product's style and price, as opposed to its specifications and performance.

On the negative side, loads of consumer electronics result in e-waste. It is thought that in 2003 the United States alone generated over 2.8 million tons of electronic waste. No more than 10 percent of that amount was recycled.

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