It appears that I am not alone. In fact, some marketing folks at UPenn have identified consumers who are 'Harbingers' of failure.
I'm the type of person who will be swayed by features like higher quality or compact size, who would buy a Sony Betamax over a VHS. I would spend $100+ on an iron that lasts 15 years over a $30 one that lasts 1-2 years. People like me do not rule the consumer marketplace.
For instance, if a product appears to be headed for flop status, wouldn't many companies/stores heavily promote the product (on sale!) or close it out (on clearance!). That lures price-sensitive buyers. Yet, some of their Harbingers appear to pay more than average consumers, signaling either early adopters or niche consumers.
Anyway, the upshot is that some people have a propensity to select products that are likely to go out of production by the big companies. However, consumers of niche products are also more likely to purchase the products they favor over the internet, and pay more than for bulk commodity products. You don't have to go to Wharton to figure that out. But, what do I know, I'm just a