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Here’s the Toughest Competitor That Independent Jewelers Face

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Things have sure changed in recent years.

Part of running a successful jewelry store is keeping an eye on your competition. And now more than ever, that goes beyond just knowing what the shop across town is selling.

As part of The Big Survey 2017, we asked jewelers, “Who is your toughest competitor?” For some context, we then compared the results to those of 2008.

As it turns out, internet retail has surged to become the biggest threat to independent jewelers. The competitive pressure from other local jewelers and chain jewelers has receded.

Here are the results in detail:

Internet retailers

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2017

38%

2008

23%

 

Other local independent jewelers

2017

29%

2008

32%

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Jewelry chain stores

2017

14%

2008

19%

 

Big box stores

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2017

5%

2008

7%

 

“Wholesale” retailers

2017

6%

2008

6%

 

Designers/vendors with retail outlets

2017

2%

2008

1%

 

Other

2017

5%

2008

12%

Full results of the Big Survey, which had more than 715 respondents, will be published in the October edition of INSTORE.

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Here’s the Toughest Competitor That Independent Jewelers Face

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Published

on

Things have sure changed in recent years.

Part of running a successful jewelry store is keeping an eye on your competition. And now more than ever, that goes beyond just knowing what the shop across town is selling.

As part of The Big Survey 2017, we asked jewelers, “Who is your toughest competitor?” For some context, we then compared the results to those of 2008.

As it turns out, internet retail has surged to become the biggest threat to independent jewelers. The competitive pressure from other local jewelers and chain jewelers has receded.

Here are the results in detail:

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Internet retailers

2017

38%

2008

23%

 

Other local independent jewelers

2017

29%

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2008

32%

 

Jewelry chain stores

2017

14%

2008

19%

 

Advertisement

Big box stores

2017

5%

2008

7%

 

“Wholesale” retailers

2017

6%

2008

6%

 

Designers/vendors with retail outlets

2017

2%

2008

1%

 

Other

2017

5%

2008

12%

Full results of the Big Survey, which had more than 715 respondents, will be published in the October edition of INSTORE.

Advertisement

SPONSORED VIDEO

Wilkerson Testimonials | MSG Jewelers

Wilkerson Takes the Worry Out of Closing

MSG Jewelers has always treated its customers like family. When owner Mike George decided to retire and close the doors of his St. Louis, Missouri jewelry store, he selected a company to manage his going-out-of-business sale that treats its customers like family, too. That’s why he chose Wilkerson. “Wilkerson was able to do all the things that we needed,” says George. In the end, the bittersweet store closing was so much easier with Wilkerson at the helm. From marketing to pricing to inventory, Wilkerson does it all. “It’s a package deal,” says George.

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