Originally Posted by jsm88
It's not so much the consumers who should care, heck, we can buy from japan, but Epson is giving a firm and unmistakeable middle finger to it's entire NA dealer network...
That's just the way it has been with Epson. The NA models tend to get some goodies but they are for high-end installers to push and sell. Panasonic also has some Japan/NA price differences, but have since tried to make their Japanese models unattractive to NA buyers.
But those are the extreme examples. Try buying a Sony over there, or a Yamaha, or (from what I recall) even a Marantz. You're not saving anything, you pay more.
Paradigm does the same thing with their pricing in Canada. They are a Canadian company. I don't think it's so much flipping the bird to non-Canadian customers as much as it is giving people who aren't blessed with the U.S. electronics market a good break on local goods.
Anyway, I would agree for sure that Epson's marketing strategy seems ridiculous, though if we're going to single them out we have a lot more companies that need to get the spotlight as well. There are a lot of projector companies that seem to have sales policies in place that simply defy reality, but they are still in business. Perhaps Epson simply accepts the loss in volume as a necessary cost to have the Epson brand name recognized as elite, which may help drive panel sales. Maybe they do it because of deals with other projector manufacturers who use Epson panels. Who knows?
Vote with your dollar and things will change. I never in my life would have imagined the direction JVC has gone with their RS-1, and I bet that's directly due to the hand-over-fist sales (e.g. consumer voting) of Sony's latest products (or someone is not telling us how cheap the SXRD/LCOS stuff has gotten to manufacture).
Otherwise, 1080p LCD will probably be down to $3k in the U.S. from somebody by mid '07 after discounting I'm sure. Then everyone with a border on the Pacific can laugh at the European prices until the Euro rises enough to buy us all.