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Its like scalping tickets for a football game: The closer you get to the stadium, the lower the price.


I paid over $80 for the CM-7000, now it is under $50.


Other models also have collapsing prices.


All the people that got their coupons as long as 1 year ago really got cheated in my book. The time expiration on the coupon made demand absolute so manufacturers/dealers could basically charge anything for the boxes.


I guess the rule with the DTV changeover is to cheat the consumer at every turn. The FCC abandonment of the Firewire IEEE-1394 MPEG2 TS standard for home recording of HD is just another example. Then there is the lack of bit stream bandwidth plaguing sources at every turn.


Maybe I'll get last laugh and crumbling economy will cripple Blue-Ray adoption(!)
 

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Not really true - the prices have been pretty steady once an ample supply was established. The TR-40 from Echostar has been going up in price. There may be a price collapse coming - but that won't happen till after the coupon program ends (to remove the subsidy) and some vendor gets stuck with a bunch of unpopular models.
 
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