Originally Posted by Neuromancer
The price listed is exclusively listed under the Early Adoption Program section, thereby:
Early Adoption Program = $499.
Official Price = $499 to $599.
I think the important thing is that OPPO prices the unit sufficiently high to cover all their expenses and investment, including research, and mods in response to the EAP and the Beta Tests. I think ultimately we all want them to succeed and to continue to bring new technology to the market, which means that they should set their prices at levels that will ensure that they can continue to achieve those goals in the future.
For example, if they have to price the 83 at $600, or even $700, I personally would be happy to accept such price levels if the unit performs as has been indicated and provides the audio performance that has been discussed. - On the other hand, putting pressure on them to cut prices for anyone who has signed up for the initial lottery would IMO be penny-wise and pound-foolish. They have to pay salaries, health insurance costs, payments to suppliers, marketing expenses, utilities, insurance, legal fees, rent/interest, research expenses, etc., like any other company.
- It's the long-range stability and prosperity of the company that's going to bring good technology to the market in the future, not cut-rate pricing deals for those of us who signed up for advance information. Put another way, if they went under due to price competition in these difficult economic conditions, do you think that Panny, Sony, Toshiba, Sanyo, etc., would pick up their R&D programs and provide new technology such as OPPO's for similar prices? I think not. -Which is why I'll be happy to pay $600 or $700 for this universal BD player. (Despite the fact that I have already paid several hundreds for a Tosh A35 HD-DVD which, realistically, is now substantially useless.)
In other words, get off their backs with the repeated requests for special deals and prices, and threats to go elsewhere if they don't meet your demands. - If you don't like their offer, you are certainly free to order a player from Panasonic, Sony, or Sanyo (and then to post your complaints on the Panny, Sony, Sanyo discussion boards.)