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Attention Blu-ray player price gougers

Attention Blu-ray player price gougers

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Supply and demand.  Can't live with em, can't shoot em.  Tom's Hardware is reporting that the price of Blu-ray players went up pretty significantly as the HD-DVD competition disappeared.  I'm in shock, aren't you?  There are a few predictable things in this world.  One of them is greed.

khan The second is revenge.

If the Blu-ray player makers and resellers think I'm going to rush out and buy a player right now, think again.  What were those imortal words of Khan again?  Let's reprise, shall we?

"To the last, I will grapple with thee. From hell's heart, I stab at thee. For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee."

Ok, that's probably a little harsh for the situation but I can hold out for a while.  First of all, my upscaling DVD player does a pretty nice job with regular standard def DVDs.  And regular DVDs are a hell of a lot cheaper than Blu-ray disks.

I also get plenty of HD content from Verizon FIOS TV.  And it looks like I'll be getting more.  The cable companies seem to be in this battle for who has the most HD channels.  I don't care if Verizon ever wins that battle but a few more channels would not hurt, and it's pretty much a given that's going to happen in 2008.

So basically I'll sit this one out for a while and ignore the Blu-ray makers and players.  Jack your prices all you want.

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  • An argument could be made that it's simple supply/demand.  Now that HD-DVD is out of the picture all the people that were waiting for a winner will be out to pick up a player.  That surge in demand is probably more than the supply on hand since Blueray makers probably didn't want to build players in volume until a winner was decided.

    Or it could be simple greed, which is what I think too.... :-)