3 THINGS PEOPLE HAVE STOPPED BUYING
Some products seem to stand the test of time, while others come and go quicker than their return policy’s expiration date. Sometimes it makes sense, as one can often quickly gauge a seasonal trend versus a generational progression. Yet, sometimes a product’s reign declines after such deep saturation in the market that no one can truly grasp how that could occur while it’s happening – especially when they’re still relevant and useful in today’s world. We found some very real, current examples of this.
Here’s our top 3:
Remember those? Depending on which generation you grew up with, you were either jaded about anything beyond a record, hanging on tight to your 8-tracks, still bragging about your cassettes, or you only know CDs as the end all and be all for data and music storage alike. The only other type of person is if you have no idea what any of that means – if that’s you, buckle up because you’ll likely be equally as confused by everything that follows.
Why are they on the decline? Simply stated, there are more efficient, quicker, and accessible ways to enjoy multimedia. Whether any variation of the USB family, expandable storage drives, or streaming services, these discs are becoming clutter in most places they still exist (especially since the data that still remains stored on them has surely been transferred in another fashion and is being enjoyed without the need of the CD itself anymore).
Movie lovers often love their collections – big or small, they cherish their wall of favourite flicks. Libraries used to need more space when it was VHS tapes that held the entertainment, but then came along DVDs. Not only were these smaller in physical size, but there was more room for enjoyment available within them. They could fit more (VHS movies that required multiple tapes easily fit on 1 DVD disc), they were faster (no more hoping for bullseye focus when rewinding or fast forwarding), and they allowed for greater accessibility (VCRs were only good for VHS tapes, whereas DVD discs could were on trend with the disc slots becoming the norm in any and every form of technology). Whether you’re on the DVD or Blu-ray side of that debate, that’s for another time.
Why are they on the decline? Similarly to their cousin, the CD, there are simply more advanced ways to enjoy visual entertainment. Although progressive physical storage devices could be of partial blame on this one, the big player in this game is streaming services. Many know of Netflix, but it’s not the only one. Regardless which one you’re watching, these services now make access to more entertainment easier than ever before – without needing a bulky storage unit to fit all those mismatched movies and TV series while they rest in the wrong cases for years to come.
Photography has long been a passion of many. The odd thing about cameras is that they have continued to progress since they entered the technological sphere, all the while maintaining essentially the same outcome as they always have – the ability to capture a moment. Of course, there is advanced technology that has improved the experience, the variety, and the outcome. Digital cameras really seemed to hit a peak just prior to the smartphone craze (foreshadowing intended), as all major camera and tech companies alike were battling for shelf space to showoff their newest, sleekest, most powerful camera that they all worked to make as small as possible all the while. This trend saw some definite advancements in that world, but then came the unlikely concept of being able to take pictures with the same thing you use to call your friends. Not an easy adoption of habit at first, but then came the iPhone (and all that followed) and picture taking changed forever.
Why are they on the decline? Technology leaped way ahead of what those now clunky looking devices could offer in today’s photography world. With all due respect to advanced photographers, whether by trade or passion, this is not to suggest that professional equipment or DSLR cameras have been (or can ever be) replaced by smartphones – clearly they are still worlds apart. The point here is relative to the average consumer – the typical photo taker. For them, the smartphone is simply the more intelligent option than buying another gadget that is outdated and irrelevant in today’s technology.
It should come as no surprise that the whole list includes items in the tech space. Although we can still find and create practical use for them in today’s world, it’s clear that there is simply better technology that proceeds them thereby influencing their decline.
Whether that’s a good or a bad thing is subjective and depends on your perspective of progress. It likely also depends on whether you own any or all of those item, and how recently you just purchased them, as it may be tougher to accept that something is better than what you just spent your hard earned money on.
Regardless, we must accept the fact that a product’s relevance has a lifespan. The best case scenario is that the ones you own last longer than the trend that helped create them.
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