Originally Posted by VideoNut2006
Your logic (and many others posting to this forum) eludes me!
Why do you think that BB is listing this tv as being available for sale on their consumer website if they haven't any intention of selling it to you? This would amount to the old bait & switch tactics. Which is pretty illegal.
Not only that but I CAN'T imagine that BB is SO unsophisticated as to create ill will amoung it's potential customers by listing a product they have no intention of selling.
It's got to be a supply/demand issue. Please don't tell me what a store manager told you!!! What do they know about the corporate buying?
I extremely agree with you.
But, this has been covered so much that it's becomming a nuisance.
Decided to speak to a friend's father who works at the corporate office for a very reputable B&M/online chain (not BB) and this was what he said.
"IF we were to discontinue carrying a product, we would mark the item on sale and sell out every last one that was in our warehouse. The only reason to discontinue a product that sells well is because (A) the manufacturer discontinued it, or (B) it has been recalled. Once it has been determined that the product would be discontinued and the the warehouse was completely empty of said product, there would be no way for any sales person to place an order of the item."
I also gave him some history and asked him what his thoughts were on this monitor and he said.
"IF it was to be discontinued it more than likely would have come off the website and any remaining stock in the warehouse would be shipped off to the retail stores for purchase at the sale price. Being that they are still listing it online is a good sign that they are not discontinuing the item. It sounds like BB is having a tough time keeping up with the demand."
When told what the stores are saying he went also to say
"Store salesman and even managers will say "anything" to get you to purchase something else than the item that is out of stock. We've heard them all from it's a POS to it's been discontinued. There was even a time a sales person told a customer that the plasma screen they were looking for was recalled because the gas would leak and it was lethal. (LOL) Profits are very high on a plasma & LCD monitors. For every customer that returns a product there are about 5 customers who keep it and are completely satisfied with it."
Now he does not work for BB, but I would assume their business practices are the same as they are a direct competitor.
No way is BB going to stop selling this monitor unless it has a newer model from the manufacturer, and as said before Westinghouse and BB are not parting ways. It was a great one day sale on 6/10 and whether it was an error they wont even honor the price for a new set. If it was going to be discontinued, this set would still be on sale.
Besides the monitor has only been selling for less than 6 months. If you are planning to get this monitor all I can say is to get it. At this price it's either this monitor now or something else in the future when prices drop. I wanted something now how about you?
Hope this helps clear the and stop discontinue talk.
On with the tech.