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Originally Posted by bootymonger
I hope those reasons aren't that you want to see the reaction to the announcement of A9F pre-orders for $4000/5500 55/65 for shipment September 15th but with the comical addition of a generally useless and poorly selling novelty lamp speaker. You can pretend that lamp is worth $800, remove it, and charge that much less for the preorder and it would still be a VERY expensive OLED TV. If you read back into this thread you will find plenty of "that's too much for the OLED" comments in response to the leaked 4000/5500 prices.
Where do I get these ideas about the prices, dates, and silly lamp? They just did it in Malaysia!
Hopefully, the North America strategy is quite different (and sooner, but launch before the magic Chase 8/25 deadline <See deals threads> seems less and less likely). At least it should come out before Oct 1st sales tax deadline (for some, date varies by state).
That article lists the 55" at RM14,999 ($3,648.06) and the 65" at RM21,999 ($5,350.61). (Based on that, I'm not sure why you rounded up to $4,000 and $5,500?)
But, I don't think a direct conversion gives us all the information we need. A big Malaysian retailer lists a 65" LG C8 at RM19,810.38 ($4,818.29) but marked down to RM14,888 ($3,621.07).
Here in the States, the 65" C8's MSRP is $3,799.99, and it is presently marked down to $2,999.99. Our MSRP is 79% of theirs, and our sale price is 83% of theirs.
So, 80% of their listed pricing for the A9F sizes gives us ~$2,918.44 for the 55", and ~$4,280.49 for the 65". I think those are closer to the introductory prices we'll see. Maybe $2,999 and $4,299.