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Old 12-08-2008, 11:10 PM
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By Susanne Ault -- Video Business, 12/8/2008
DEC. 8 | The prices of many Blu-ray Disc set-top players have already rebounded $50 to $120 above their sub-$200 Black Friday tags, which were widely credited for spurring hefty volume sales during that weekend.

Sears and Kmart, which had been advertising Sonyís BDP-S350 for $179 over the holiday kick-off frame, was listing the model at $299 on Monday. Similarly, Circuit City was advertising the Samsung BD-P1500 for $249, a $50 rise from its $199 Black Friday price.

Sony and Samsung had slashed these models to $299 in September, and the set-tops were further discounted to around $199 at most retailers by Black Friday.

It appears that Sony, Samsung and Panasonic are offering instant $50 savings on their respective regular-priced $299 Blu-ray models at certain retailers, such as Bjornís and Crutchfield, among others.

Best Buy is selling Panasonicís normally $299 DMP-BD35 at $249 and Samsungís BD-P1500 at $249. But Sonyís BDP-S350 is tagged at $299 there.

Although Blu-ray hardware buying might slow at the more expensive levels, it will unlikely ground to a halt, according to retailers.

ďYes, it will be slower, but I think it still will be a pretty good deal,Ē said Rick Souder, executive VP of merchandise at Crutchfield.

Additionally, retailers are happy to restore profit margins on the Blu-ray set-tops to a reasonable $250-plus range.

Doug Bravin, Bjornís chief operating officer, added that Blu-ray players are ďstill selling through pretty well, and I thought the price would stick at $199. But, Iím happy to see it up there. There was no margin at $199.Ē

In many retailersí post-Black Friday assessments, managers cheered the brisk selling of home entertainment hardware and software. But they estimated revenue was slimmed from the same period last year because of basement-level price points.
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The prices of many Blu-ray Disc set-top players have already rebounded $50 to $120 above their sub-$200 Black Friday tags, which were widely credited for spurring hefty volume sales during that weekend.

Sears and Kmart, which had been advertising Sonyís BDP-S350 for $179 over the holiday kick-off frame, was listing the model at $299 on Monday. Similarly, Circuit City was advertising the Samsung BD-P1500 for $249, a $50 rise from its $199 Black Friday price.
Well duh. It was a sale during the Thanksgiving week. Key word being sale. Guess this chic is clueless as to what a sale is.
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Same thing happened last year with the A2 at $98 and it was called a "fire sale"
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Old 12-08-2008, 11:16 PM
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OMG......Sales prices cheaper than none sales prices........Breaking news @ 11
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Same thing happened last year with the A2 at $98 and it was called a "fire sale"
Yeah, but in that case, it really was the case.

Another failed thread by you know who in another attempt to discredit Blu ray.

And the author of the article should really stick to reviewing and writing about things she knows of. Panty hose, deodorant, household cleaners, pots and pans.
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Yeah, but in that case, it really was the case.

Another failed thread by you know who in another attempt to discredit Blu ray.

And the author of the article should really stick to reviewing and writing about things she knows of. Panty hose, deodorant, household cleaners, pots and pans.
Except in November 07 HD DVD was still well and alive with 2 exclusive studios.
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If anyone is still in the market for a good price this weeks Frys ad has lots of BD sales...

Panasonic BD55 - $329
Panasonic BD35 - $249
Panasonic BD30 - $199

Sony BDP550 - $299
Sony BDP350 - $199

Samsung 2500 - $299
Samsung 1500 - $199

Also...

The Dark Knight - $23.99
Horton Hears a Who - $24.99
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And the author of the article should really stick to reviewing and writing about things she knows of. Panty hose, deodorant, household cleaners, pots and pans.
Okay, first of all, that is just wrong. Second of all, !

She seems to be hung up with this Bjornís and Crutchfield place. It tends to pop up in most of her retailer research.
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Okay, first of all, that is just wrong. Second of all, !

She seems to be hung up with this Bjornís and Crutchfield place. It tends to pop up in most of her retailer research.
She called Tweeter as well but they didn't pick up their phone...
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Old 12-08-2008, 11:38 PM
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She seems to be hung up with this Bjornís and Crutchfield place. It tends to pop up in most of her retailer research.
They talk to her and provide her with data for her articles.

The large B&M's don't.

She also writes BLOGS - she is Video Business's HDM person. And she does a decent job of writing with zero basis (her articles).

http://www.videobusiness.com/blog/830000483.html
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