Originally Posted by coderguy
Got a time machine handy?
There are a couple sites from Google shopping directory that have some under $3000, but never bought anything at those sites, some of those sellers have ok reviews. Unfortunately, the reviews from the forums affect the price and availability of some of these lower-QTY distributions. Actually I think this forum has affected pricing of certain units more than we might realize due to people running out and grabbing them when someone reviews it well.
This site has 100% positive feedback and is net <$3K.
It's hard to believe that we could affect pricing, but I wonder about sites like PJ Central or PJ Review. If enough of them pile on positive reviews, then...
When the Z30K came out, the PR
Central Blog said that they were going to review it. When it did not happen, I emailed them and asked why (I'm a DLP fan). They emailed back to say that Sharp had decided not to ship it to them... For what ever reason, the lack of (a large number) of online reviews probably affected the demand.
One theory: The Z30K release date coincided with new, lower priced, machines from JVC, Sony and others. Many were priced in the $3.5 to 4K range.
After adding superb 3D, motorized controls, 3 year warranty, etc. Sharp had positioned the Z30K at MSRP $5K
. They figured that the market had moved against them and they did not want to compete, in the long run. So, they folded their hand and wrote off the development costs. They then dumped the inventory to wholesalers and moved on. This led to the Woot deals and others...
FWIW, using his particular review parameters, Art at PJ reviews initially had the Z30K near the bottom of his <$5K rankings. So, it may be that Sharp made a rational decision. However, Art also said that at $2K, the Z30K was a no brainer....Go figure.
For what ever reasons, It seems that the Z30K does not have universal appeal.
It works very well for some things, but not so well for others (ie gaming/dark movies).
I'm not surprised that they are available used for <$2K. I'm wondering if Sharp will step up and honor the 3 year warranty to a second owner. If they do, then it's still a great buy
, INMO. Even at the current pricing of about $3K, if you need powered lens controls and want great 3D, then it seems a reasonable choice until true 4K machines are in the pipeline at "reasonable" prices. Food for thought: the people who want great 3D and powered lens controls are the people who frequent AVS (and similar). To most of the market, these features are of little benefit. We are a "skewed" sample...