Arlington Among Top-Spending ‘Cities’ for Electronics

by ARLnow.com December 5, 2011 at 11:39 am 2,791 35 Comments

(Updated at 11:55 a.m.) Arlington residents really, really like their electronic gadgets, according to a recently-released consumer spending analysis.

Arlington ranks sixth in terms of average per-person monthly spending on electronics, according to consumer financial website Bundle.com. Arlington residents spend an average of $67.58 per month on electronics, compared to the national average of $48.00 per month.

The only cities that spend more on electronics, on average, are (in order of first to fifth): San Jose, Ca.; Austin, Tex.; Nashville, Tenn.; Madison, Wis. and Plano, Tex. Residents of San Jose — in the heart of Silicon Valley — spend an average of $91.08 per month.

District of Columbia residents were also on the top-spending list, but weren’t quite as big spenders as Arlington residents. D.C. came in 12th on the list at $61.42 per month. Arlington, we should note, is home to the Consumer Electronics Association — one of the primary trade groups for electronics manufacturers.

(Arlington is technically a county, but often gets included in ‘top city’ lists because it is considered a Census Designated Place.)

Hat tip to Steven S.

  • OX4

    I’m assuming they normalized they data by local price index. Or is that assuming too much?

    • OX4

      ^ the data ^

  • novasteve

    Hmmm, I’m sure the Council will create an Electronics tax as a result of this news.

  • KARLington

    There is no way we’re only 6th, since my husband – oh, I mean, household – spends what seems like $70 a DAY on electronics.

    • GreaterClarendon

      Now I finanlly found out my wife’s secret ARLnow name. Guilty as charged! Latest purchase was the DVR Harddrive expander for FIOS – now I can get hundreds of more shows recorded that I don’t have time to watch – unless I watch at work through my Slingbox 🙂

      • Eatmobeef

        You’re married?? you told me i was your only one!

  • E2DAV

    Sort of on-topic. Any recommendations for places around here that would have a receiver/speaker combo? I am thinking of retiring my two decade old “mini system” and getting a reciever and speakers and just plugging in my record player and Airport. Any thoughts of a good place to go? Apparently, everything now is through a surround system or not at all – Myer Emco would be good right about now, but also in the market for something modest.

    • OX4

      Don’t set foot in a store. Use Newegg.

    • Roycroft

      You will need a receiver with a preamp that can handle phono if you want to use your record player. The output from a record player is much lower than other devices. IMO go for a vintage system. It’s hard to beat a Marantz or Sansui from the 70’s. If you want something simple without using your record player get a PAL radio.

      • Grognak

        Not necessarily the case. Most of the “newer” generation of record players have a built-in preamp.

        • NoVapologist

          Yeah, you need to make sure you have a phono preamp. Your turntable may have one built in, or look for a receiver with a dedicated phono input with a built-in phono preamp. Otherwise, you can buy an adequate separate phono preamp for ~$40.

          I agree with the “don’t set foot in a store” sentiment. Crutchfield is okay for receivers. Craigslist is the best place for speakers.

      • My early-80’s system, with turntable, is still going strong and sounds as good (if not better) than something new.

    • Virginia^2

      Craigslist. There are a lot of people out there who upgrade simply because they want to run everything through HDMI, even though their “older” receivers would still get the job done. Because they’re just trying to recoup some of the cost of the upgrade and sell quickly, they’re priced to move… and there are a TON of listings. I found a brand-new Harman-Kardon receiver (plastic still on the display) last year for 1/3 of retail because it “only” had HDMI “passthrough.”

      The best thing about Craigslist is that you can actually have the seller “audition” the receiver for you before you purchase it. You would, of course, have to get the speakers separately, but that would be an easy find on Craigslist, as well.

  • Aaron

    Wow! Imagine how much good ArlCo could do if only there were a 1% tax on luxury electronics in the county! How many children could be educated using the latest technology, how many homeless citizens could be provided adequate shelter, how many trees could be planted or saved! At the very least, the surcharge would help to offset the environmental degradation these products inflict upon our precious ecosystems. It’s worth pondering.

    • JamesE

      5% property tax on HDTV’s, although a lot of people would register them in Florida or Maryland and avoid it.

      • Quoth the Raven

        Or they would just go to MD or DC to buy these “luxury” items. Not sure this would have the effect you’re looking for.

        • drax

          I’m not driving to Maryland or DC just to save $1.50 on an iPod.

          • Quoth the Raven

            But what about for 150 on a TV? I bet you’d make the drive then.

          • Ali

            I already do – Delaware is tax free.

          • drax

            Someone’s proposing a sales tax increase of $150 on TVs?

          • Quoth the Raven

            According to my obviously horrible, incorrect math, yes.

          • drax

            Don’t worry, Raven, you’re math is correct for any TV that costs $15,000!

        • Josh S

          I think he was joking…..

          • JamesE

            What gave it away?

      • annoying

        personal property taxes have to be among the most annoying type there is. Start a home business and find out how irritating it is to track every lamp, chair, desk, computer, etc, and its depreciation. Plus its hard to enforce. You gradually come to the conclusion that no one would know the difference if you just didn’t report this stuff.

        And why should the county decide that electronics are a luxury and other items, say for random examples trampolines or granite countertops,are not? For big ticket items, it could definitely affect where you shop, or push you online.

        • Eatmobeef

          Yeah until you schedule it on your federal tax / state tax return as an expense, then they rat you out to the county. happened to me… that’s how i was notified that i was a “business” for doing odd ball geek jobs in MD. according to ArCo, i’m a “business”.. wtf…

    • I didn’t realize Arlington disposed of electronics within the county, destroying our local ecosystem. Do they currently provide funds to remote electronic disposal locals, or have they discussed doing so?

      • drax
        • Thanks, drax. I realized they are collected. It is likely mandated by law. However, the ultimate disposal is not in Arlington. We collect, process, and ship elsewhere for disposal. Thus, there is no risk to the ecosystem here from electronic disposal.

          • drax

            Ah, I get it now.

          • dk

            So whose ecosystem ARE we destroying?

          • OX4

            Haven’t you ever played SimCity? As long as you ship the stuff outside your city, everything is fine.

          • Quoth the Raven

            Or that Australian comedy team who discuss “towing the ship outside the environment” thereby solving any oil spill issues.

          • R. Griffon

            As long as it goes somewhere where people are poor and darker than me, then I’m OK with it.

          • NoVapologist

            Per the front page of the NY Times, we (the US) send our used batteries to Mexico where their children get the poisoning we have outlawed here. I realize R Griffon was being facetious, but he was on the right track.


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