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  • Time to put dvspot out to pasture?

    Posted on August 28th, 2005 Jeff Keller 7 comments

    I’ve been thinking for quite a while that it’s time to give up on my dvspot site and focus on cameras and printers. dvspot was something I did because the world needed such a site — and not because I was into video. It hasn’t really grown over the years, and it makes very little money. Rather than continue pouring time into something that probably won’t take off (and that I’m not passionate about), I think it’s probably best to send it to the great Internet in the sky.
    I’d love to give it to someone who can do something with it, as the world needs a decent camcorder review site. Unfortunately I don’t have the motivation to be the one to create that site.


    7 responses to “Time to put dvspot out to pasture?” RSS icon

    • I recommended dvspot to about a dozen people who inquired about camcorders in the last couple of years, but I think only one of them actually purchased such a device for a graduation. I’m guessing that the average consumer isn’t as interested in the work to produce a long winded video as opposed to still images.
      Plus the market doesn’t seem anywhere near as oversaturated as the one for digicams. Less models to choose, less research required.

    • I don’t know what kind of traffic you’re getting, but what about selling it? There are agents who specialize in brokering this kind of sale. You might consider getting it appraised before you throw in the towel. E.g., (I’m not advocating for this firm specifically — I just Googled it — but this is the kind of thing I’m thinking about.)

    • I have thought about selling it, and in fact somebody asked me about it recently… I’d like to be picky about who would take it though…

    • I think the average consumer is perfectly happy with a $400 entry level camera. It seems the basic cameras these days give you decent TV quality video so for the most part, people aren’t as apt to do research. I think the current market is pretty stagnant and unless something amazing comes out to drive demand, it’s going to stay that way for the near future.

    • part of me thinks, give it up to someone else, but then part of me wants you to keep it as home video is becoming more of a masses product, no longer soccer moms and baseball dads. ppl are making video blogs and soon the quality on camera phones will be good enough that their videos will be published and… well, who knows.

    • I can understand wanting to give it up, especially if it’s not something you’re passionate about. Just so you know though, I found dvspot very helpful in picking out my Canon Optura Xi last year. I found dvspot through DCRP a few years back when I was researching the Canon G3. Your sites have been most helpful!

    • I use dvspot all the time; whether investigating for my own purchase, or for others looking to purchase. I would say the “average” household buys a camera when their old one breaks, so every few years or so? But I always know someone show is in the market for one. If you end up selling, I hope they do as good a job as you’ve done over the years!