Kicker Enters Best Buy This Month

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By Amy Gilroy
Kicker confirmed one of the worst kept 12-volt secrets—that its line of 12-volt products will be offered through Best Buy stores starting this month. Although we heard Kicker planned to enter Best Buy earlier this year, the contract wasn’t signed until last week, said Kicker.
The company will offer a limited number of car amplifiers, subwoofers and coaxial speakers through the big box retailer while some of Kicker’s car products will remain exclusive to car AV specialists, said the company.
In January both Rockford Fosgate and Infinity car audio products exited Best Buy, leaving speculation that another speaker/amplifier company would grace Best Buy’s shelves.
Separately, Kicker announced it is branching into the new area of motorcycle speakers. It teamed up with a leading powersports distributor Küryakyn to offer a Kicker Powersports branded coaxial speaker for motorcycle touring bikes. The 5 ¼ inch PS5250 speakers at $249 will be joined by other motorcycle products in the future. Kicker will sell the line through Kuryakyn but also through car electronics retailers and possibly other distributors in the future.
The coaxial delivers 50 watts RMS and is weather resistant. Its tweeter is bridge-mounted over the woofer cone to reduce interference from road vibrations.
Source: Kicker Performance Audio

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  1. When I first started carrying Kicker about 8 years ago, I was one of the few specialist shops to carry it. Now flea markets, some pawn shops and every other shop in town sells it. The worse thing is that there is no profit left anymore everyone is selling it at prices that I pay for wholesale. Talk about transhipping, which is not suppose to happen according to Kicker. I think that Kicker stands now for Kick in the a** to shops who got their product where it is now.

  2. Well said, if Companies like Rockford, Infinity, Alpine, etc. and now Kicker have decide to give their back to the Specialty Store like mine, I guess I will pay them with the same dime and pull their products out of the shelves of my three stores. Just remember who the core of this industry is, the many thousand of specialty stores with professional and custom installers, or the large retailers who knows almost nothing about installation of high end products.

    What goes around comes around, so time will tell.

  3. I don’t understand why any specialist shop would
    want to carry Kicker anyways? They sell to everyone.
    They don’t protect from unauthorized
    internet sales Crutchfield, Dodge and
    now Best Buys, and
    next Wal-Mart? I guess Kicker and other Brands
    forgot who got them where they are today

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