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What kind of business model are HDTV mfgs running?

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I am ready to buy a new HDTV; actually, have been for two months. Our Pioneer HDTV is 8+ years old and I want to upgrade. Need a 65" set and, realistically, have a budget of $4-5,000. And there is nothing available. None of the 2011 sets are out yet and the stock on 2010 models was depleted long ago. How does that work as a business model? Can't imagine any car mfg. not having models available for sale for over an entire quarter of the year. The logic of Panny and Sammy escapes me.
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Where are you shopping? At the Sears where I work we can order 65" Panny ST30s and have the 64" Samsung PN64D550 on display, that's a couple of readily available 3D sets right now, and there are more choices in 2D models, like the 70" Sharp 732 series LED/LCD.

Admittedly there has been a gap this year in that old models ran out before a good selection of new models were readily available. This isn't the mfgs. fault, more the stores under-ordering the old models to avoid having a lot of leftover stock of old models that would have to go at closeout prices when the new models arrived.

Unlike the auto business where a mfg. can to a certain extent dictate to it's franchised dealers how many cars they must accept from the mfg. TV retailers can and do decide how many sets they're going to order.
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