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http://shopping.yahoo.com/articles/yshoppingarticles/844/is-now-your-last-chance-to-get-an-hdtv-deal/

thought it was an interesting article about the big manufactuers new pricing policy
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So when are HDTV's with a higher resolution then 1920X1080 going to be mainstream That you can afford? wth.gif

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Something dodgey about this. Reminds me alot of the "Buy RAM quick, it's going to go up in price" propaganda crap that's been circulating lately.


Another thing that makes that site/article suspicious is the fact that they have TV's for sale on the right. Whole thing stinks of bull - the article title says it all. It's Yahoo shopping for christ sake.
Edited by Thingamajig - 3/17/12 at 5:55pm
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Sounds like crappy news to me.

I don't claim to fully understand the agreements between retailers and suppliers. For example, let's say a store agrees to sell a Sony TV--do they buy the TV up front for a set cost and then re-sell it at a different cost, or is the store merely a "showroom" for the Sony TV, and Sony still owns the product until it's sold to the consumer? Sounds like the latter is the case.

Sounds to me like all-around, the MAP scheme works out best for retailers and consumers, and this new UPP scheme only works out well for the supplier. Big surprise things are being changed... rolleyes.gif
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Thingamajig View Post

Something dodgey about this. Reminds me alot of the "Buy RAM quick, it's going to go up in price" propaganda crap that's been circulating lately.
Another thing that makes that site/article suspicious is the fact that they have TV's for sale on the right. Whole thing stinks of bull - the article title says it all. It's Yahoo shopping for christ sake.

They're not the ones selling the TVs rolleyes.gif

And it's no kind of scare-tactic. Simply information about where consumers stand in the present-day HDTV marketplace. Not exactly life-changing information, but nothing dubious about it.
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Lol, I know it's from yahoo, But it mentioned 4k tvs hitting the market this year and I thought the change in policies between manufactuers and retailers was interesting because im against the man
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Sounds like crappy news to me.
I don't claim to fully understand the agreements between retailers and suppliers. For example, let's say a store agrees to sell a Sony TV--do they buy the TV up front for a set cost and then re-sell it at a different cost, or is the store merely a "showroom" for the Sony TV, and Sony still owns the product until it's sold to the consumer? Sounds like the latter is the case.
Sounds to me like all-around, the MAP scheme works out best for retailers and consumers, and this new UPP scheme only works out well for the supplier. Big surprise things are being changed... rolleyes.gif

The store buys the product for a certain price, they also get rebates afterwards based on the amount that they sold. For example lets say that a retailer buys a TV for $700. They then have to cover shipping from their central depot to the store and the wages of all the employees who handle that TV. So lets assume that the final cost of the TV is $800. They then set the price of the unit at $1000 (margin on TVs is quite high, on computers you'll get $40 of margin if you're lucky). Then the manufacturer sets a rebate setup for their models, something similar to:
<100 units sold = $50/unit
100-200 units sold = $75/unit
>200 units sold = $100/unit

The quantities and rebates will of course be different, but you should get the idea. Thats how stores decide on their sales, if a unit offers large rebates (with large quantities required) then the store will try to sell as many as possible.

I hope that answers your question.
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I don't see the point in Higher res TV's. Especially when most movies are just up-scaled to 1920x1080 and not truly shot at that resolution.
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As long as the black levels are worse than my current Trinitron CRT, then no, it's not time to buy.

Still holding out for OLED...
 
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Samsung has a 55" OLED coming out.
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