Originally Posted by evangelionstar
Well marketing and branding easily adds 100% to the cost of a unit and so the actual cost of an A+ panel would not be it. Yes the A+ panel would cost more but not that much more.
I agree, there should be one that would see the potential profit to be made and willing to do it.
Anyone tried going direct to the chinese manufacturers that may have actually put these units together and see what can be done? Seen these type of units around $200 and shipping might be around $100.
Guys, please, please be realistic about prices. Stuff like branding, bezel redesign, custom stand/removal, all add complexity, increase risk, and have dubious effect on cost. Stuff like the pixel check explicitly increase cost, sometimes by a good deal (if you have a highly customized monitor, and it has a defect which means they can't sell it to us, then who CAN you sell it to? We're the only ones who wanted that kind of monitor in the first place!).
My suggestion is to get something that is based off a similar monitor right now, with as few modifications from that base model as possible
. In my opinion, the cheapest, fastest, and surest way of getting this deal to go through is to order something exactly the same as what was shipping from Catleap in February. That model is 85/100/120hz capable, glossy, DL-DVI possible and comes with VESA mountings. The further you get away from that model, the more expensive it's going to be. Doesn't matter that it seems we have a "large" number of people who want it, it's not enough to get true economies of scale.
If everyone's really set on getting a "better" (in their minds) product than what was offered in February from Catleap, then the best way to get a deal is to indicate you're willing to pay a premium over what is available right now. The only thing that's happening by trying to nickel and dime this and that is that sellers will get the sense that their buyers are picky and potentially risky; meaning higher prices to offset that risk. And longer lead times. And more uncertainty.
evangelionstar, I don't mean to pick on you specifically, but the atmosphere in this thread is getting to the point where at least some people are going to get disappointed by what eventually comes through. Business isn't as simple as cost of materials and economies of scale.