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I purchased the Panny 30K in early January for just over 4bills and I now see a huge price increase at Amazon! This puppy has almost doubled in price! Nice.

Bring on the competition...unbelievable.
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i think it's more related to the fact that the BD30 seems to be hard to find.
on amazon.com the player is sold by another company :
http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-DMP-...5526233&sr=1-5

I guess the BD50 is coming soon and BD30 almost finished its career ?
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Yea, the BD-30 is totally unavailable at the CC and BB in the Wash. D.C./northern Virginia area ! They must be shutting it down and going to a big BD-50 push...ANY FURTHER WORD ON WHEN THEY'RE COMING??? Last word was April 1st or thereabouts.
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I purchased the Panny 30K in early January for just over 4bills and I now see a huge price increase at Amazon! This puppy has almost doubled in price! Nice.

For some reason Amazon is getting their Panasonic DMP-BD30 players from two "featured merchants" that are charging $750 for it. Though the Panasonic DMP-BD30 is in short supply at the moment I am surprised that Amazon can list the price for it at $1000 which is twice the MSRP. Even if that is legal it seems highly immoral since it gives the false impression that the Panasonic DMP-BD30 is selling for $250 under MSRP when it is actually being sold for $250 over MSRP.


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I guess the BD50 is coming soon and BD30 almost finished its career ?

I think that both are complementary models so most likely it is just a supply issue and the demand for it might have been a lot higher than Panasonic predicted.
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I think it looks bad for the blu ray camp. I was reading a current article on how there's been a noticeable increase in price, this despite the end to the format war and sure enough, I checked the price on Amazon of my Panny 30K and voila!

It's almost enough to make you miss HD-DVD!
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You can still get the Panny 30 for under $430 at one of the forum sponsers website.

Different retailers sell the same product for different prices at different times. No surprise there. Shop around.
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You can still get the Panny 30 for under $430 at one of the forum sponsers website.

Different retailers sell the same product for different prices at different times. No surprise there. Shop around.

Exactly. Can we close this inane thread, now?
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Exactly. Can we close this inane thread, now?

+1. We all knew prices would not continue to drop, especially with lack of competition.

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+1. We all knew prices would not continue to drop, especially with lack of competition.

They stopped making DVDs?
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For some reason Amazon is getting their Panasonic DMP-BD30 players from two "featured merchants" that are charging $750 for it. Though the Panasonic DMP-BD30 is in short supply at the moment I am surprised that Amazon can list the price for it at $1000 which is twice the MSRP. Even if that is legal it seems highly immoral since it gives the false impression that the Panasonic DMP-BD30 is selling for $250 under MSRP when it is actually being sold for $250 over MSRP.


I think that both are complementary models so most likely it is just a supply issue and the demand for it might have been a lot higher than Panasonic predicted.

Amazon aren't "getting" their Panasonic DMP-BD30 players from two featured merchants, those two merchants are selling on Amazon Marketplace and are independent of Amazon. Amazon isn't listing them for $1000 the Martketplace sellers are. Amazon has no control over the pricing set by those Marketplace sellers.
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I think it looks bad for the blu ray camp. I was reading a current article on how there's been a noticeable increase in price, this despite the end to the format war and sure enough, I checked the price on Amazon of my Panny 30K and voila!

It's almost enough to make you miss HD-DVD!


There's only one camp, for HD.
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For some reason Amazon is getting their Panasonic DMP-BD30 players from two "featured merchants" that are charging $750 for it. Though the Panasonic DMP-BD30 is in short supply at the moment I am surprised that Amazon can list the price for it at $1000 which is twice the MSRP. Even if that is legal it seems highly immoral since it gives the false impression that the Panasonic DMP-BD30 is selling for $250 under MSRP when it is actually being sold for $250 over MSRP.

Yeah, there's a legal description for that, Deceptive Pricing and it is NOT legal.

 

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+1. We all knew prices would not continue to drop, especially with lack of competition.

I'm sorry, I thought this thread was about the premise that DMP-BD30 prices were "exploding" based upon a sample population of two (clearly price-gouging) Amazon sellers. As such, it's a complete waste of time.
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Blue Ray players seem to be rather scarce…
Well, I have had a BD30 on back order now for about three + weeks.
I have checked around and BD players in general are in short supply. Not just the BD30. I also think the ending of the war is the main reason. There are a lot of people jumping off the fence right now from HD-DVD owners and people who were just waiting for a winner to emerge.
Don't worry, this won't last long. Soon there will be a surplus and dealers will be marking down prices... patience.

Of course perhaps another reason the BD30 in particular is in short supply is because this is the first REAL stand alone player worth buying!

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+1. We all knew prices would not continue to drop, especially with lack of competition.

I think the price drops were more of a factor of the holidays and Christmas as many prices drop on products at that time of the year which I assume you've seen happen before. This time of year is very slow in terms of electronic sales so I wouldn't expect to see many sales right now.

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The shortage is not due to demand, judging from the fact HD-DVD is still holding onto 35% market share (last week) in movie titles, despite being dead.
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The shortage is not due to demand, judging from the fact HD-DVD is still holding onto 35% market share (last week) in movie titles, despite being dead.

You're comparing hardware to software here and it's probably not a valid conclusion. I would assume that there is a lot of HD DVD movies being marked WAY down to clear inventory. That is likely why HD DVD kept 35% of the market... but I'm willing to bet that demand for Blu Ray players was up.
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HD-DVD's should be selling a coaster prices now, but I also suspect the BD player demand will be on the increase, and eventually we will see TOSHIBA anouncing their new Blu-ray player.
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