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Old 11-02-2007, 10:16 AM
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Default Toshiba HD-A3 $199 at Best Buy

Though you guys would be interested in this. Apparently the price reduction is NOT just a blowout for the A2's

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1186003898783
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Old 11-02-2007, 03:16 PM
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This is an amazing deal. I kinda wish I held off picking up my A-2 a while back and got one of these new A-3's. For $200 bucks you get the lastest HD DVD hardware, with 7 free movies.
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Thanks to this forrum, I saved $100 today, but gained a headache.

I would never have guessed that Best Buy would discount the Toshiba HD-A3 player by another $100. Last week I purchased one of the units to get the 9 free HD DVDs (2 in the box, 2 from the store and 5 in the mail), but I paid $299 for it. This is where the nightmare started.

I tried to call the 888 number, but there was a large call volume and I would have had to wait over 20 minutes. I called the store and asked if I could price match it in the store even though it was an online purchase and they said it would be no problem. This would be easier since it is on my way home.

I waited in line and then the customer service rep said that I could only get $50 back because I would have to pay for the two movies that were free with the original offer. I called the manager over and said that would not be acceptable since I could get the player again today with the same two free movies and it would be $100 less. I did not want to have to come back and return everything just to buy it again. He said that this was a Best Buy store and not Bestbuy.com and that I needed to take the problem up with them. I said they sent me to the store and he needed to call for me to avoid the wait. He refused and left me standing at the counter.

The assistant manager chatted with me afterwards because she knew I was hot. She said that she would return everything as a credit to my card and then charge me again for a new purchase that would be using the new price. Why couldn't he do it I asked? He is just that way she said. Is there any way to report him?

Sorry for the rant. I just needed to vent.

Thanks!
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Old 11-02-2007, 07:22 PM
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I just bought the A3 as a secondary player a few minutes ago at best buy for 199.00 as well.

It's a great price considering it was 399.00 a few days ago... also it came with two free HD DVDs in the box, plus I got to choose 2 more for free off the shelf, and of course the 5 free more via mail in to the rebate center.

Of course the jack-star at Best Buy tried to argue with me that my 1080i/720p 42" TV would look worse with the 1080i/720p player and tried to convince me to get the 1080p HD DVD player instead... he completely missed the point that my HDTV native resolution is 720p and that even if I were to get the 1080p, IT WOULD STILL HAVE TO DOWNGRADE IT TO 720p RESOLUTION.

That's the real problem with the HD sale department at these stores. They try to fill customers with a bunch of bologna to make some extra money, and the average consumer, who doesn't know any better, gets jacked out of money that he didn't need to spend.

Oh well...
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I called several Wal-Marts looking to see if any of them had the HD-A2. All of them were out, so I called Best Buy. The person I spoke with said they had nine of them in stock. I drive to Best Buy and they tell me the person I spoke with was mistaken they were sold out. The manager sold me an HD-A3 for $149 to make up for it, and 2 movies came in the box.

It wouldn't run Transformers or T3 out of the box, so I had to update the firmware. Once I got the update everything worked fine.

Wow, what an amazing picture. I am really impressed. I think the picture is better on this player than it is on my HD drive for my Xbox 360.

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Old 11-02-2007, 08:03 PM
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Went with my brother earlier to get this, they were all sold out. The sales associate there took my info and ordered me one at the 199 price point. I got my 2 movies, paid for it, and left. It'll be delivered to the store in 2-4 days, and in the meantime I can watch the hd dvd's on my current player. The waiting period is no big deal, as it gives my brother's hdmi cable that he ordered from monoprice a chance to arrive.
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Old 11-02-2007, 08:39 PM
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$199.00 plus 2 free movies that will be mailed to me plus 2 in the box, plus 5 more from Toshiba.

Thats 9 x $30.00 = $270.00 Not much profit there
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Old 11-02-2007, 09:02 PM
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$199.00 plus 2 free movies that will be mailed to me plus 2 in the box, plus 5 more from Toshiba.

Thats 9 x $30.00 = $270.00 Not much profit there
Well obviously it doesn't cost $30 to manufacturer the discs. Toshiba is more worried about the future discs you are going to buy. It is kinda like video game hardware, the manufacturers usually sell the hardware at a loss, knowing you will be buying games and accessories in the future which they will earn a profit on. Toshiba is moving hardware and knows it will profit from disc sales down the road.
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Well obviously it doesn't cost $30 to manufacturer the discs. Toshiba is more worried about the future discs you are going to buy. It is kinda like video game hardware, the manufacturers usually sell the hardware at a loss, knowing you will be buying games and accessories in the future which they will earn a profit on. Toshiba is moving hardware and knows it will profit from disc sales down the road.
But its still a great deal!
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Old 11-03-2007, 07:30 PM
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Wal Mart was out of A2's and I didn't feel like waiting, so I bought the A3 at Best Buy for 200 bucks. I'm 25 minutes into The Bourne Identity and it looks absolutely fantastic.
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