Originally Posted by ResOGlas
I wonder what the average street price in Japan is for these Projectors?
Kakaku.com is kind of the defacto website for finding the various prices for a lot of things, including projectors. The sites aren't necessarily all the best places to buy big ticket items, but kakaku still gives a great idea of the web prices:
Bic Camera and Yodobashi Camera
Kakaku cheapest 5 (approx):
Clearly Panasonic has a ridiculous markup on their retail price, and Sanyo's not much better.
I'd rather buy from a store like Bic or Yodobashi, where I can return it in person, bring it home with me that day, and I know the store will continue to be around and provide good service. Also, Bic and Yodobashi both have optional extended 5 year warranties programs, which in the case of a projector is a no brainer in my mind. That's why I'll almostly certainly be purchasing an Epson projector from Yodobashi later this month.
(Note that Yodobashi and Bic Camera have point programs, which mean that if you spend $1000, you get $100 in store credit for your next purchase. 10% is the norm for most things, and I'm using part of my points from the projector to get the 5 year warranty and the rest to get a new Xbox 360 arcade, which'll run cooler, quieter and use less energy. The 10% points on the Epson mean I'm barely spending more than I would for the cheapest online store after points, so
Mods, if this kind of pricing talk isn't allowed, please let me know. I'm assuming that since it's about Japan, it's not a problem.