ABT Electronics website and salesperson stated that they were in stock this weekend. I ordered one for $720 with free shipping (Agoraquest member discount vs. $799 website price) which is supposedly shipping today.
ABT's site now shows backordered for 7-14 days. Every retailer says that the HD200 is in great demand.
I paid a $150 down payment on an HD200 at Ultimate Electronics three weeks ago. It was to be there the first of December. I eagerly went there today to see if I FINALLY got it and was told that a sales person wrongly sold mine to somebody else yesterday even though it was reserved for me. They said they were sorry and they'll order me another one.
Needless to say, I was not pleased at all. I asked what can be done to make up for this inconvenience. They told me that the sales person would not be getting the commission on the sale. But they absolutely refused to compensate ME for any of this screw up. They don't know now if I can get it before Christmas or not.
I am in the same boat: searching for an HD-200! I have had my GW-XBR60 for 10 days or so, and that's 10 too many not to have HD Although I love the TV. "Taken" is coming across real well in DirecTV SD.
I am on a wait list with Myer-Emco locally. As of today, no news from them on when they'll come in. Circuit City and Best Buy do not have any.
I also spoke to Crutchfield yesterday and the fellow told me that they now had a date of Jan 25 for this receiver!! He said this was due to Sony having to do revisions of the model and re-issue. This brings up the problem of how to identify a new model versus an old model, since they have the same HD-200 moniker. The news is getting worse as I go along.
I just spoke to ABT and the salesguy informed me that they have 70 units due to arrive tomorrow. He said there may be a couple days slip, but should be no worse than that. He had 56 committed. Now he has 57 since I put in my order! Looks like my best bet yet. Thanks to the member who suggested ABT.
Another post stated that updated HD200's include a green sticker on them. I should be able to provide information on where the sticker is located as soon as I receive my unit (UPS's site shows it will be delivered 12/6!).
AVS members may want to jump on the reported 13 available HD200's at ABT as of yesterday. Mine shipped one day after placing my order.
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