US Drone Sales Skyrocket
” The number of drones sold grew 224% from April of 2015 to April of 2016, according to a report from The NPD Group’s Retail Tracking Service.
The 2015 holiday season was a big driver within that period, with drone unit sales increasing 445% from the prior holiday season in 2014.
Federal requirements that drone operators must register did nothing to hurt sales in the months following the October 2015 announcement. Drone sales doubled month-over-month in November and December of that year, according to The NPD Group’s report. Many drone operators initially resisted registration because they opposed giving personal information to a federal database and paying the $5 registration fee. But since registration opened in December 2015, nearly half a million drone users in the U.S. have gone ahead and done so, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s database.
Drones may have a reputation as toys for millennial technophiles, but young people don’t make up the majority of buyers. Ninety percent of drone buyers are older than 31, according to a separate report from Skylogic Research.”