Originally Posted by CaTaSTrOphiK
I would probably feel close to the same way as you but fortunately for me I work for a retailer and will be picking up the 65 as soon as I can order it with a four year warranty for well under msrp. So I will be a test dummy for rogo and anyone and I gladly oblige.
Thanks in advance. I would never call you a "dummy" however.
Originally Posted by RichB
People who know wont say.
However, if history repeats itself in late October, early November prices start lowering.
And there is no reason to doubt prices will fall, again, later this year. Given where the VT30 wound up, it wouldn't shock anyone to find the 65" VT50, introduced at just $3699, ending up at $2999 (or even a smidge less).
There is absolutely no reason to believe that global demand for TVs is going to much improve in 2012. While production has doubtless been cut back, it's not as if they actually overproduced last year (industry-wide) by the 40 million units that were forecast but never materialized. Supply chains are short enough and retail data feed back faster than ever.
In other words, the macro trends favor lower prices and, really, the flagship TVs haven't come down a ton year over year while the low-end and mid-range models have. What that suggests to me is that last years' eventual
flagship price and this year's should have a good deal in common.
Oh, I should add that Rich's comment is interesting: "People who know won't say." Of course, he's right. Somewhere, there is probably a sheet that has a price reduction already planned for autumn/winter. But that stuff is always subject to change anyway. The entire TV industry is imploding before us. The fact that it still fills retailer shelves as if nothing seems to be wrong is akin to when bankrupt airlines keep getting people from Point A to Point B.
Imploding industries usually find prices falling, sometimes in ways they can't foresee. They rarely see the opposite.