Selfie stick sales up despite many places banning them
Who owns a selfie stick? I can see them being very useful in some circumstances but having had to dodge a few now and again I don't want one for fear of clonking someone with it.
Many places have banned them but even so sales have increased by top attractions such as Disney and Wimbledon.
According to figures below 2 million of the things are sold everyday here in the UK. Places that allow you to use them include Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Chesington World of Adventures but the O2 Arena, Old Trafford and more giving them the thumbs down.
If you want one Carphone Warehouse sell them on their website here - http://goo.gl/xF5TN3
and below is the press release:SELFIE STICK SALES UP BY THOUSANDS DESPITE BANS
· 300% increase after Disney announced ban
· 160% increase after Wimbledon announced ban
· More than 2 million selfie stick pics taken in the UK per day
28 August 2015, LONDON: Selfie sticks hit the headlines this summer following several high profile bans – yet UK shoppers can’t get enough and ‘arm extenders’ have been flying off the shelves more than ever before.
Carphone Warehouse has revealed that sales of selfie sticks spiked sharply during the first May Bank Holiday, when sales rose 160% on the previous week, and have remained high ever since.
A Carphone Warehouse spokesperson says: “Customers don’t seem to have been put off by any of the selfie stick bans. In fact, we’ve sold thousands over the course of the last two months alone. The biggest week for us was at the end of June - the same week that Disney announced a ban across all parks – when sales rose by nearly 300% compared to the beginning of summer.”
A recent survey by the retailer found that 14.5 million selfies are now taken every day in the UK and, perhaps unsurprisingly, selfie sticks are used to capture one in seven of them – that’s more than 2 million selfie stick snaps each day.
Selfie lovers in London, the South Coast and Northern Ireland bought the highest number of selfie sticks this year; while people from Yorkshire, Merseyside and the South West bought the least.
With selfie stick vendors now commonplace at busy tourist sights - including Tower Bridge and Stonehenge, on beaches and even in bars in popular holiday destinations - it’s a trend that shows no sign of slowing.
To help avoid getting your beloved selfie stick confiscated, Carphone Warehouse has identified the top ten attractions that still allow them and those have banned them:
Top ten attractions you can use your selfie stick in the UK
1. Buckingham Palace
2. Chessington World of Adventures
4. Tower Bridge
5. London Eye
6. London Dungeons
7. Kew Gardens
8. Hampton Court Palace
9. Lord’s Cricket Ground
10. Madame Tussauds
Top ten attractions you can’t use your selfie stick in the UK
1. Emirates Stadium
2. Hammersmith Apollo
3. St. Paul’s Cathedral
4. 02 Arena
5. Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford Upon Avon
6. Old Trafford
7. Anfield Stadium
8. White Hart Lane Stadium
9. The Roundhouse London
10. The National Gallery