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Old 07-17-2008   #1
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Default Economic Downtime Results in HDTV Overstock and More Price Drops

A number of manufacturers have announced a price drop in select HDTVs due to overstock in inventory. This comes as no surprise given the state of our economy. The home theater and entertainment markets have remained surprisingly strong despite the recession. But it looks as if it is finally catching up to them. Mitsubishi, LG, Panasonic, Sharp, and Samsung are among the first to make price adjustment announcements. Other manufacturers are expected to follow soon.

This price drop follows just two months after the last significant price cut. So, those who have purchased one the TVs listed below recently, may want to check with their lcoal dealer or retailer as you may be entitled to a refund. Your dealer might offer "rpice protection" and retailers like Best Buy have 30-day price protection policies. For those that have been waiting to upgrade your TV may now find that good deal.

Mitsubishi LCD
Model Old Pricing New Pricing
LT-40148 $2299 $1999
LT-46148 $2799 $2599
LT-52148 $3399 $3199
LT-46149 $3199 $2999
LT-52149 $3799 $3399
LT-46246 $3399 $3199
LT-52246 $4099 $3699

Sharp LCD
C-46SE94U $2,999 $2,699 (effective July 7)
LC-52D64U $2,799 $2,699 (effective July 7)
LC-52SE94U $3,799 $3,499 (effective July 7)
LC-37D64U $1,499 $1,299 (effective August 1)
LC-32D44U $1,299 $1,099 (effective July 1)

Panasonic Plasma
TH-42PX80U $1199 $1099
TH-50PX80U $1699 $1499
TH-46PZ80U $1999 $1799
TH-50PZ80U $2299 $2099
TH-46PZ85U $2199 $1999
TH-50PZ85U $2499 $2299
TH-50PZ800U $3199 $2999
TH-46PZ850U $3099 $2799
TH-50PZ850U $3499 $3299

LG Electronics
50PG30 (1080p plasma) was $2299.95 now 1999.95 price drop $300
42LG60 (1080p LCD) was $2299.95 now $1999.95 price drop $300
42LG70 (1080p LCD) was $1999.95 now $1899.95
42LG50 (1080p LCD) was $1499.95 now $1399.95

Samsung Prices
Samsung's official price sheet is as of yet unavailable. The below prices are the factory price drops of Circuit City and Best Buy.

Circuit City
LN52A750 was $3199.99 now $2699.99 price drop of $500
LC52A550 was $2399.99 now $1979.99 price drop of $420
LN37A450 was $1099.99 now $ 999.99 price drop of $100
LN32A550 was $1099.99 now $ 999.99 price drop of $100
LN40A550 was $1499.99 now $1259.99 price drop of $100+$140 off sale

Best Buy
LN52A650 was$3199.99 now $2499.99 price drop of $200+$500 off sale
LN46A650 was $2499.99 now $2059.99 price drop of $200+$240 off sale
LN46A530 was $1599.99 now $1499.99 price drop of $100
LN40A550 was $1499.99 now $1259.99 price drop of $100+$140 off sale
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