6) Home & Garden – Large Appliances
Electronic Wine Bottle Opener
With regards to large home and garden appliances, Amazon’s most popular item is the Oster Electric Wine-Bottle Opener. The item removes corks in seconds, and can open up to 30 bottles on a single charge, making it a crucial tool for big parties where there’s lots of “holiday cheer.”
7) Pet Supplies
Hide-A-Squirrel Puzzle Toy for Dogs by Kygen
When one thinks of pet supplies they think of dog food, leashes, kitty litter and bird seed. Toys, it would seem, beats all of these. PetSmart and other pet supplies stores are being hurt by general big box retailers such as Walmart and Target, which offer many of the same products at deep discounts. Online sales of specialized pet products will hurt them more.
Susan Boyle: The Gift
While CD sales continue to plummet, they still make up a meaningful part of sales at book and music stores like Borders. The fact that a runner-up on “Britain’s Got Talent” has the number one selling CD on Amazon and the number 23 album on iTunes suggests that the pop music market is moving away from sales at stores altogether.
9) Video Games
Just Dance 2
Video games are no longer just for role-playing-gamers and first-person shooters. “Just Dance 2″ for Nintendo’s Wii is the best-selling video game on Amazon. Controlled by the Wii’s movement recognition system, the game has players dancing to hit songs for points. The game’s popularity on Amazon translates to a loss of business, however, for gaming stores such as GameStop and electronics stores such as Best Buy.
10) Magazines – Magazines & Newspapers
Popular Science (1-year auto-renewal)
Popular Science is the 66th largest magazine in circulation, according to The Association of Magazine Media. Surprisingly, it is the number one selling magazine on Amazon for one-year subscriptions. Perhaps this popularity is the result of a renewed interest in science and technology, or perhaps it’s because gift givers have simply run out of ideas. Regardless, the purchase of magazines online hurts companies which sell magazines at news stands, such as Hudson Group.
Douglas A. McIntyre, Michael Sauter, Charles Stockdale, Ashley Allen