Originally Posted by draganm
AFA CRT dying, I have been reading that ****e from newby's like you for 5 years now. Why is it that everyone comes here knowing nothing about CRT and then 3 months later decides it's ok to call the hobby dead? If it's dying why are you here? Maybe you should just go and get a cheal LCD. Then you and MTyson should get together and talk about how awesome it si to have 720 Pixels on the screen all at the same time.
When one reseller is responsible for roughly 25% of the listings on ebay, and virtually none of those listings gets a bid because they are ridiculously high priced compared to the other, similar listings, that is a clear indication that crt is dead.
You are a reseller. You have a vested interest in maintaining the illusion that crt projectors are "worth" as much as the most prolific reseller attempts to make them worth. They're not.
You, and a small(and getting smaller) group of resellers are constantly lobbying on this forum to keep the illusion that crt prices are maintaining their strength when they are not in fact doing that.
All of you resellers started as newbies here too, even Curt. All of you started by buying machines for NEXT TO NOTHING and reselling them to the un-initiated for exorbitant markups.
Curt used to drive down to Cape Canaveral to pick up his Barco 600's from NASA auctions when he paid $200. each for them, nowadays he's buying better machines, but hardly ever for more than that same $200./set amount.
I believe there was another reseller who bought their first half dozen or so machines from a junk dealer in Colorado who was unwilling to ship anywhere, but who had a semi trailer full of Marquees to sell.
Another reseller in California bought a dozen or so machines from a simulation builder in CA who blew out their retired stock for mere hundreds per machine until he spitefully informed them of their "market" value to queer deals for others.
An esteemed member from the south didn't know anything about crt projectors when he first stumbled upon this forum, but recognized a money maker in buying used for nothing and reselling for as much as the market would bear. Now he's an expert...
I'm leaving out lots of minor, hobby resellers who've come in, made a HUGE windfall buying and selling, and got out when they recognized the steep decline taking place.
The only people paying ANYTHING for crt projectors nowadays, are star struck fanboys, or those with money unwilling to simply look for the same cheap sources that all those resellers are using....
And, cheap LCD/DLP's, REGARLESS OF THEIR QUALITY, are the main reason for the decline in crt projector prices. The newbie has to be pretty hard core to pay THOUSANDS for a USED crt projector, when they can saunter down to Best Buy and pick up a perfectly functional BRAND NEW AND WARRANTIED DLP projector for $500. any day of the week...
The Infocus X1 wasn't a great looking projector, by anyone's estimation, BUT, it served to break the big price taboo that had kept ALL projectors prices inflated.
But you guys selling crt projectors just keep on telling everyone the market is still there.