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I have a chance to pick up a year old A30 for $100. Is this a fair price?

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I have a chance to pick up a year old A30 for $100. Is this a fair price?

You are going to get very different answers. But it does depend on your need. You will find many guys who have bought A30s or A35s for $15-$50 in the last few months for sure. I even bought an XA2 nine months ago for $150(as have others).

If you are buying from an individual with no warranty I tend to think that right now $100 is too high. But if it is MINT and you can trust the seller to stand behind it then $100 may still be too high..lol. But the value definitely gets better.
Plus you need to decide if you must have the A30. If that player is a must for you then maybe you spring for the deal. If the A30 is not a must, there are other HD DVD players that can be had for much less if you look around.
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I have a chance to pick up a year old A30 for $100. Is this a fair price?

IMHO $70 is about right. $50 is about right for any A3 variants.
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I think allargon's price is about right if you get everything in working order. NIB with the two movies might be worth $100.

The A30 is a great player and you see them anywhere from $30 on up on ebay. I just picked up a bare player on the bay, no remote or power cord for $37 shipped. It works fine and replaced my original A30 that's now in its original box as a backup.

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If you sell on Amazon, a factory sealed new in box can still fetch $250-$300. ebay is always cheaper, around $200 probably for a new sealed A30 when they show up.

$100 for a used one is high market value. For $100 it should be flawless, and like new condition with box, manual, all packaging. Used in working condition can be had for as low as $50 on fleabay. allargon had it right.
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You can check eBay completed listings for a good point of reference.

I've noticed that prices have gone up a bit latetely. It's probably driven by the people who are getting a player just now to enjoy their $5 HD-DVDs.
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What about A2 and A20, what is a fair price?


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Just got a nice D2 (Costco version of A2-Identical) for $50.02 shipped.
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as much as i love my a-30 i think 100 may be a bit too much. i would try to convince the seller that hd-dvd is a dead technology and that u won't pay more than $75 unless he sweetens the deal with an 8-track and beta machine... that's how i got a deal on mine.
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What about XA-2 in excellent condition? Just testing the water is see if its warm that's all.
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There's an XA2 going for over $218 on ebay right now. They tend to go that high or higher if complete and in good operating condition.

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What about XA-2 in excellent condition? Just testing the water is see if its warm that's all.

XA2's are going for around $350.
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There's an XA2 going for over $218 on ebay right now. They tend to go that high or higher if complete and in good operating condition.

It'll go higher. $350+
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Yeah it's already there with 14 hours to go. The bidding went up over $100 in six hours. Amazing, no insane. No way I'd pay that but somebody sure wants it.

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I picked up an A30 for $65 with 6 movies last month. It is a great player!
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Picked up a A30 for $85 a month ago and a A3 for $35 a couple days ago. Both in mint shape and both with 1.1 firmware. I upgraded both to 4.0 without problems.
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How about A1, worth getting?


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the only players with real market value seem to be the A35 and XA2/Onkyo models, probably because of the superior upconversion and the analog outs.

A2/A3 seems to be worth $50 at most.... A20 or A30 maybe worth an extra $10-20 above them. No way I would pay $100 for an A30.

But A35's regularly go for $150-200 and XA2's still go for $300+

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How about A1, worth getting?

I've got an A1, A2 and A30 and I have to say I still like the A1 (only one of my three that has 5.1 analog). Sure it's a little pokey, but they sure cost a lot less. If you have a great scaler on your display or a discrete video scaler, the 1080i shouldn't make a huge difference. Otherwise, step up to the XA2/A30/A35 for 1080p. According to the internet, it's actually possible to flash the A30 to an A35, to support TrueHD and DTS-HD MA bitstreaming. In the process of that right now
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...According to the internet, it's actually possible to flash the A30 to an A35, to support TrueHD and DTS-HD MA bitstreaming. In the process of that right now

Good luck! I've always wondered if that would work. I kinda think the hardware for HDMI is the same but the A30 firmware is neutered. It can't be as easy as just flashing A35 firmware to the A30, Toshiba probably has the A30 check the code and stop that. But if that part of the A35 code could be modded to what the A30 expects I bet it would add that feature.

Let us know how it goes!

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I have one that I'm selling as of yesterday for $70 shipped (lower 48). It was a living room player...didn't get used but maybe 10 times. The player resides in ventilated cherry cabinet and non-smoking environment. I have the player, power cord, and original remote. If you are interested, let me know. I can also send photos if you wish.
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