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Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Toronto, Ontario Canada
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It seems to simply be a matter of the smaller market in Canada. From the earliest days of Panasonic's DMR-E20, the unit was widely available from many mainstream retailers both B&M as well as online. In Canada, the unit was virtually a secret, available from a few selected dealers that had the market tied up and could charge what they liked.
Currently, Canada seems to be about 18 months behind the U.S. as far as retailer an consumer maturity with this technology. Being in Canada, I can bring in a U.S.DMR-E80 for less than what is being charged locally for the DMR-E50. It's very pathetic.