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Contrary to what you've read in the blogsphere, the cost of Blu-ray players has not increased since the demise of HD DVD

This blog was first published on WesleyTech.com.

For some reason, several blogs are writing stories about how Blu-ray player prices have risen since the demise of HD DVD. This is ridiculous. The information is gathered from popular price engines for this story.

Let’s look at this for a minute. It’s being reported that the average cost of the Sony BDP-S300 is $405. This is above MSRP, set by Sony at $399. One retailer lists it for $445 (above the list price), and the rest are at MSRP or below. This is throwing off the average.

We also have to consider that many retailers are not authorized retailers for the product they’re selling. Authorized retailers (Circuit City, Crutchfield, Best Buy, etc.) list the Sony player at MSRP of $399 - as is correct. No Blu-ray player manufacturer has increased the MSRP of their players.

If retailers were selling below retail previously (and authorized ones do not or they will lose their relationship with the company), it was not do to competition against HD DVD. These retailers weren’t on the Blu-ray side trying to compete against Toshiba, they were also selling Toshiba players. Competition between formats would have been championed by the manufacturers, and they did not just now raise their list price. The MSRP now is the same as the beginning of the year.

Consider this my civic duty, exposing the fraud put out on blogs to stir up controversy and gain hits for their advertisers
DailyTech

You may remember the thread here about how blu ray player prices are going up. Anyone that actually pays attention to this debacle knows they haven't, as this article states. I didn't see this posted yet.
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Consider this my civic duty, exposing the fraud put out on blogs to stir up controversy and gain hits for their advertisers.
Which the author just did himself by making an article on the subject...

Does the PS3 still come with movie bundles? Too bad only the 40GB is available in stores near me, which has no backwards compatibility.
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