Originally Posted by Mark Strube
Edward, this is all personal opinion. Mine is no more "wrong" than yours. Sorry.
For someone who currently makes minimum wage, $229.99 might be quite a bit when they can get arguably comparable functionality for $50 less (or more). It could also be quite a bit for someone who is planning ahead, and might think that spending that much money on a DVD player that doesn't support either of the next-gen formats might be not the best investment right now. An opinion is not "cold hard facts."
That is a ridiculous statement. Your argument is dishonest as minimum wage earners are not the norm. They are a strawman for you to use to bolster your silly position. It is an objective fact, as well as my opinion, that $229.99 is an inexpensive price for an upconverting DVD player since one can purchase a Denon DVD-5910Ci on Amazon for $3799.99. That is expensive.
Your second point is also ludicrous as we are discussing an upconverting DVD player and not HD format players. Your reference to HD format is dishonest as it attempts to take focus off of DVD players.
Finally, opinions can equal cold hard facts when they are based on objective analysis of facts. An opinion is merely a stated belief. It may or may not be factual, however you seem to believe that nothing is a fact since everything which anyone states publicly is, by definition, an opinion. I am really tired of this silly "everything is an opinion" attitude. It is designed to disallow any rational argumention, since any statement can be refuted by simply labelling it an opinion, with no need to actually address the statement on its merits.