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Historically Sharp MSRP to Street have never followed currency conversion rates between Asia MSRP and US Dollar. Panasonic doesn't either.
Actual pricing the past 4 years has rarely mirrored the simplistic formula of currency conversion as other factors weigh in the process.
Many panels and components are sent to Mexico for final assembly and N. America distribution and wages are one seventh that of US and Japan and Euro models often use an Eastern Block assembly system with similar low wage scales.
Rarely has it simply been a matter of currency conversion which fluctuates daily.
Asia Trade Journals have noted obvious economic conditions and many called for 15% production cuts in LCD's to prevent excess supply during the Holidays but with even that cut and the current global economy may equal good news for the pricing of the panel after it's initial 30 day distribution when most street reality kicks in.
MSRP of the SE94 65" has recently been lowered to $6999 and selling way below that. IMO Sharp has some big hills to climb to overcome the past two years of banding BS that has becomes it's rep worldwide and hopefully the LED resolves that and brings it to market at $9999 MSRP.
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