Originally Posted by dsmith901
Things are not looking so rosy for Panasonic right now. I was in HH Gregg over the weekend and learned that they have dropped the Panasonic line altogether.
Remember that there are at least two other possibilities here:
1) Panasonic has dropped HHGregg; and
2) The two companies failed come to agreement on Panasonic's "new" pricing policies (as discussed elsewhere earlier in the year).
Whatever the current Real World Practices are, Panasonic publicly announced more stringent rules on pricing (ads) for the 2012 models.
They also were open about the fact that they intended to build FEWER Plasma sets in 2012, due to the excess inventory problem with the 2011 sets.
This combination - although particularly the reduced production goals - SHOULD have the effect of propping up prices, and might also put some retail chains in the position of not being able to obtain the product lines (or Quantity) that they desire, and/or the Discount that they might otherwise achieve.
The implication behind "HHGregg dropped Panasonic" is that the Panasonic models were somehow "Defective."
The implication behind Panasonic dropping HHGregg, is that the Retailer was somehow "Defective."
Failing to come to an agreement is just that - and there need be no party that is "at fault."
CostCo and Sams Club seldom obtain mid- or upper- level models until late in the year - and then only on a limited basis. Is certainly possible that they won't see ANY Panasonics this year, but am guessing that at least the ST50 will make their stores, albeit in limited sizes.
In fact, have only seen a handful of Plasma sets at CostCo this year: The 60" LG PA6550, and a couple of lower end Samsungs in the 51" (or smaller - ?) size. But note that CostCo stock can - and often does - vary from region to region, or even from store to store: the CostCo at the North end of our city usually carries a much broader stock of electronics than the one at the Southern end: and these two stores ARE literally within the same city boundaries!
Still, would agree that most HDTV purchases are based upon price, and that LCDs DO tend to look better (Brighter!!) in the stores.
And have read several times that Panasonic's top selling plasma lines are at the lower end: X5 & U50, from memory....