One of the featured products over Black Friday weekend was CarPlay radios, which we saw at a doorbuster price as low as $299.
CarPlay deals carried into the weekend and Cyber Monday at prices at $399 or below, or about $200 below the every day low price, but often the radios were older or refurbished models.
On Black Friday, Sound of Tri-State, DE promoted a refurbished, discontinued Kenwood CarPlay model, DDX6902S, with 6.2 inch screen, and HD Radio for $299.
As of Sunday night, Amazon was showing a Kenwood DDX6702 CarPlay deck with 6.2-inch screen for $389. CarFi, MO showed an unspecified Pioneer 7-inch radio with CarPlay and Android Auto at $369 in limited quantities.
Also on Sunday, CarToys was advertising an AVIC5200NEX for $749.96 including installation, citing a savings of $200 from the prior everyday price of $949.99.
For Cyber Monday, Sound of Tri-State advertised last year’s Pioneer AVIC5100NEX with CarPlay and 6.2-inch screen at $399.
SoundFX, RI said its Black Friday sales were up 20 percent over last year, mainly on sales of remote starters. It offered a $99 installed Directed remote starter (bypass not included) and a step-up Compustar 2-way at $199. The doors opened at 6 am, with more than a dozen customers arriving within the first 15 or 20 minutes. “It shows your advertising is working, or how else would they know that you were open at 6,” said VP Operations Mark D’Elia.
Sound of Tri-State said revenues were up even though traffic was down. Average ticket sales were lifted in part by CarPlay, said President Mehdi Narimanian.
More than 154 million consumers shopped over Thanksgiving weekend, up from 151 million shoppers in 2015, estimated the National Retail Federation.
Average spending per person over Thanksgiving weekend totaled $289.19, down slightly from $299.60 last year.
Of those who hit the stores, 12 percent visited local shops and 32 percent shopped at electronics stores. Additionally, 51 percent shopped at department stores, 34 percent at discount stores, and 28 percent at clothing or accessories stores.
Only 9 percent of consumers have finished their holiday shopping
Some of the most popular gifts purchased over the weekend included clothing or clothing accessories (50 percent), toys (32 percent), electronics (30 percent), books, CDs, DVDs, videos or video games (28 percent), and gift cards (20 percent), the National Retail Federation said.