The Prodigal Altar Boy

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

T-10 Days and Counting - The continued “spoiled brat” attitude of Consumer Electronics retailers

2011 – Last 100 Days
Prodigal Altar Boy Countdown
T-10 Days and Counting
21 December 2011

Goal:  1 hour per day working on the film

Watched “Cry Baby – The Pedal That rocked The World”
Great pre-holiday diversion.  The film used many techniques Karen Everett talks about, to include the use of archival footage, “checkerboarding” characters and the use of graphics.  I really liked how they divided the screen and ran graphics in those boxes during interviews.  It really took the “talking head” shot to a new level.  They also benefited from a ton of archival material to include business letters and trade publication graphics
Total time:  1 hour

Goal:  30 minutes per day music practice

Warm up on the MojoCaster
Pat Metheny Etudes, exercise #1 bars 1-4 30X
Grace City Christmas Service Songs
Mary, Did You Know
We Three Kings
The First Noel
You Are The Living Word
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Joy To The World (Unspeakable Joy)
Total time:  1 hour

Goal:  15 minutes exercise per day
Viking Warrior Conditioning
15:15 Protocol
7 reps per set – 16kg kettlebell
42 sets
Total time:  21:05

Goal:  15 minutes per day working on the score for the movie
“Dies Irae” – 30X run-throughs of the whole piece
“Dies Irae” – focus work on solo, dyads and octave climbs
“Granby Street” on the MojoCaster (focus: vocals, ending, and performance)
“It’s Your Thing” – Isley Brothers
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ten Days – It’s the Final Countdown

My Top Ten Favorite Things of the Last 100 Days
The continued “spoiled brat” attitude of consumer electronics retailers

Consumer electronics (CE) trade magazine TWICE (This Week In Consumer Electronics), relatively flat comp sales[i] disappointed many retailers, even though there was a record surge in Black Friday sales.  The article placed the blame at the feet of “price-customers, armed with the latest online and mobile shopping tools,” who “ravaged bottom lines,” and forced retailers to “walk a tightrope between sales and profits.”

Wow!  So what you’re telling me is that in the middle of a recession, high unemployment rates and a devastated housing market, when a public that can ill afford to buy racks up record purchases for the season, retailers STILL aren’t satisfied?  What will it take to satisfy retailers? Will having unemployed people dip deeper into savings or go further in debt satisfy CE retailers?  Perhaps those with jobs should spend more, even though many are worried about keeping their jobs.  

This level of greed is in the top ten because I think it is something the public should know.  Behind all the flashy, clever ads wooing the public, thanking them for their patronage we see how they really feel about the buying public in the pages of their trade magazines. 

[i] Refers to a retail firm's comparable same-store sales. Comps compare the degree of revenue growth/decline that a firm's stores achieve relative to their sales in previous years.