Originally Posted by Trampus
I hate to get this thread back on topic but I'm going to anyway.It looks like the Zenith box in no longer being offered so has anyone heard about a replacement for it or should I just try and find another box?
Which Zenith box?
First thing, the MODS or the thread creator should edit /amend the thread title to reflect the DTT900's replacement is the DTT901.
(DTT901 fixed?/addressed audio problems.)On the Zenith DTT901's , etc being in short supply, or being N/A.
Here's the deal:
The original DTV transition cut-off date was supposed to be Feb 17, 2009, and it being changed is causing some shortages. While some may argue differently I'm of the mindset that most retailers based their orders on THAT date, the projected date the coupons themselves were projected to run out. (Projections showing coupons would run out in Jan-2009 +/-, with the last of the coupons "expiring" 90-days past that.). The last part of the puzzle retailers trying NOT to "overstock", weighing past sales rates- against coupons that were still "valid", etc.
In a nutshell you have retailers looking at it like hey, I don't want to be stuck with "dead" inventory, the tide has come and gone... You for sure don't want to be a retailer stocking items that come in boxes that have "This item qualifies for a $40 off coupon on them if the cut-off date has come and gone, projected sales are in a downward spiral, all the coupons are gone, and the customer standing before you does not have a coupon. :-(
To put it another way- (Once the coupons are gone- I bet you sales drop big-time... Especially if the buyer is aware of how "limited" these (SD) CECB's are....
Once the CECB's go to full "retail pricing", the cost of a new TV that already has a ATSC tuner built-in becomes more cost effective, people looking at it like- Heck this TV is so old and it could die anyday, and more than likely a new tv will use less electricity, it will be HD /widescreen so why waste $60-$70 on a "tuner"...
To add insult to injury- (low stock) there has been a surge of "last minute" shoppers... In my area for example 2-3 of the primary analogue NTSC channels broadcasting info about DTV 24 /7 now... and the regular programing has gone away on those channels...
On the Zenith DTT901, K-Mart carries it.
NOTE: UPC code and Kmart item # is the SAME. When calling ask them to verify UPC, search via UPC to confirm stock in their computer.Zenith DTT901
PRICE $49.99- minus coupon, Tax being applied on "pre-coupon" amount.
Translation: ($9.99 plus tax in most areas after $40 coupon is applied)
PS: RADIOSHACK last time I checked was stocking the DTT901, (abit at a higher price that K-Mart) That said some stores may NOT be stocking them due to store / corporate management not wanting to be stuck with "dead" inventory.
(Sales I imagine were projected to fall off after the "original" Feb 17-2009 DTV transition / cut-off date..... Since the date has be "moved" it has really caught retailers with their pants down so to speak... In some cases...)
So far as finding units, about the only thing you can do is call around with the UPC code in-hand:UPC 7-1919217340-8FIND A RETAILER HERE, TYPE IN ZIP:https://www.dtv2009.gov/VendorSearch.aspx
Oh, one last thing... when calling ASK them:
1: If the item is still showing as a "stocking item". (Keep in mind the clerk may NOT know. As a example I called my local store last night- and the lady said they had NO Zenith, Nor DTVPal Plus units. Called another store with UPC and I asked the girl to search other stores via their computer to see what was showing in the system. She said my local store was showing a couple of units in stock so this morning I went over and picked up a couple of units at the store that the lady just the night before had said they had ZERO UNITS at..)
2: Ask them when they are re-stocked.... K-Marts in my area getting about a case per week, stock running on Monday- Wednesday, OR Tuesday- Thursday.
3: Ask the clerk to hold one back for you.
Hope the above helps...
Oh, one last thing- if you can't find the Zenith DTT901
, try BestBuy- the SAME unit is sold under the Insignia brand as the Insignia NS-DXA1
Both are manufactured by LG Electronics.FYI: Zenith DTT901 / Insignia NS-DXA1
are EXACTLY the same except the price at BestBuy is $10 MORE than K-Mart... (BestBuy I think wants $59...)