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Microsoft cuts price on HD DVD add-on again

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 05 Dec 2007 18:00 User comments (22)

Microsoft cuts price on HD DVD add-on again Dropping the price for the second time in recent months, Microsoft has slashed the price of its HD DVD add-on player for the Xbox 360 by 30 percent to $130 USD.
As of today, the price drop was seen at giant retailers Amazon and Toys-R-Us. Each unit sold comes with five free HD DVD movies, a media remote, and "King Kong" as well.

The add-on had its price dropped from $199 USD to $179 USD in the fall and the new cut most likely reflects continued drops in manufacturing costs.

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15.12.2007 21:33
hughjars
Inactive

Yeah but Microsoft aren't really supporting HD DVD.

Michael Bay said so
(and then the Blu-ray fanclub all piled in to completely and utterly agree with his view on that).

LMAO.

25.12.2007 22:05

Originally posted by hughjars:
Yeah but Microsoft aren't really supporting HD DVD.

Michael Bay said so
(and then the Blu-ray fanclub all piled in to completely and utterly agree with his view on that).

LMAO.
How are they not supporting it? They obviously have the drive available, and they are not a movie studio in the first place.

35.12.2007 22:22

I think the arrival of the Venturer HD DVD player had as much to do with this price cut as anything else.

You just can't have the add-on priced almost as much as a "standalone" player.

45.12.2007 23:24

son of a B
i bought the HD A3 for the 20 dollar diff because it had 300 and Bourne Identitiy..
If id waited a few weeks..this at 130 wouldve been better

55.12.2007 23:39

So, I was peeking around Amazon and noticed no price drop for the Xbox HD-DVD add-on, but did see a BOGO sale on a bunch of "older" Blu-Ray movies. Hmm... I sense a hot selling HD-DVD exclusive around the corner. Could this be BD Camp's way to "bolster" sales and downplay the significance in sales Bourne Ultimatum will have when it smashes the record previously set by Transformers?

66.12.2007 0:48

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The add-on had its price dropped from $199 USD to $179 USD in the fall and the new cut most likely reflects continued drops in manufacturing costs.

i would actually argue that the drop in price is a result of the poor add-on sales, the recent drastic drop in standalone players we saw a couple weeks ago, and the holiday season quickly approaching. hardly anything to do with manufacturing costs, and i'll elaborate on this.

there are roughly atleast 7 million or so 360s in the US while add-on sales are somewhere around the 150-200k mark.? i could be off a little on the numbers but we'll play with those.

basically that means that not even 3% of all users bought the add-on according to those numbers. the market for the add-on is already condensed as its primary target would be that of 360 owners, so given the poor adoption by consumers i'd argue the drop in price is primarly the result of poor demand.

add-ons don't generally sell too well to begin with and given that a consumer could pick up a standalone unit not even 2 weeks ago for a price that was cheaper than the now reduced add-on price, it was only a matter of time before someone did something. the add-on also looks tacky especially under your tv IMO.

76.12.2007 2:15

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The add-on had its price dropped from $199 USD to $179 USD in the fall and the new cut most likely reflects continued drops in manufacturing costs.

i would actually argue that the drop in price is a result of the poor add-on sales, the recent drastic drop in standalone players we saw a couple weeks ago, and the holiday season quickly approaching.
of course
anyone looking to buy a 'console'-type gift is SOL with the wii, maybe doesn't want to spend 399 on the PS3 and then remembers the recipient might already own a 360, they might figure 'eh buy this and transformers HD DVD and thats that'
i like price drops =D

86.12.2007 6:45
hughjars
Inactive

Originally posted by limelight:
How are they not supporting it? They obviously have the drive available, and they are not a movie studio in the first place.
- I think you missed my little joke there limelight. ;)

96.12.2007 12:27

Can you say Bulls**t Hmmmmmmmmmm..........

Amazon's price as listed below. Yet another frakking, f'ed up marketing ploy and scam and false advertisement. Sure, maybe they will lower the price within the next couple of days but I DON'T CARE because it should be done BEFORE it's advertised or mentioned.

Ya' know what this world needs...........a plague. One that takes 5 of the 6.5 billion people out. If it includes me then great, if not then harry's law will take effect.

Xbox 360 HD DVD Player

Xbox 360 HD DVD Player by Microsoft Games (Nov 7, 2006) (Xbox 360)
Buy new: $179.99 $149.99 33 Used & new from $109.99
Get it by Friday, Dec 7 if you order in the next 5 hours and choose one-day shipping.
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106.12.2007 13:39

I'l take a 360 with HDVD,hardware fixes,65NM CPU and GPU and the 120GB to go please.... and yes even zippy will pay 450 for it :P

116.12.2007 13:55

Quote:
tester22

Can you say Bulls**t Hmmmmmmmmmm..........

Amazon's price as listed below. Yet another frakking, f'ed up marketing ploy and scam and false advertisement. Sure, maybe they will lower the price within the next couple of days but I DON'T CARE because it should be done BEFORE it's advertised or mentioned.

Ya' know what this world needs...........a plague. One that takes 5 of the 6.5 billion people out. If it includes me then great, if not then harry's law will take effect.

Xbox 360 HD DVD Player

Xbox 360 HD DVD Player by Microsoft Games (Nov 7, 2006) (Xbox 360)
Buy new: $179.99 $149.99 33 Used & new from $109.99
Get it by Friday, Dec 7 if you order in the next 5 hours and choose one-day shipping.
Eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping.
4.4 out of 5 stars (276)
Video Games: See all 5 items




your kidding me right the Ads will always come before the sale its a basic business model. also amazon dosent exacly have to follow this drop because there a online retailer and an auction site they dont have to comply.

@tester22 your agruments a very blunt and vage almost childish so plz dont wast you time.

126.12.2007 14:03

Quote:
Quote:
tester22

Can you say Bulls**t Hmmmmmmmmmm..........

Amazon's price as listed below. Yet another frakking, f'ed up marketing ploy and scam and false advertisement. Sure, maybe they will lower the price within the next couple of days but I DON'T CARE because it should be done BEFORE it's advertised or mentioned.

Ya' know what this world needs...........a plague. One that takes 5 of the 6.5 billion people out. If it includes me then great, if not then harry's law will take effect.

Xbox 360 HD DVD Player

Xbox 360 HD DVD Player by Microsoft Games (Nov 7, 2006) (Xbox 360)
Buy new: $179.99 $149.99 33 Used & new from $109.99
Get it by Friday, Dec 7 if you order in the next 5 hours and choose one-day shipping.
Eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping.
4.4 out of 5 stars (276)
Video Games: See all 5 items




your kidding me right the Ads will always come before the sale its a basic business model. also amazon dosent exacly have to follow this drop because there a online retailer and an auction site they dont have to comply.

@tester22 your agruments a very blunt and vage almost childish so plz dont wast you time.
Amazon itself is not a retailer presay its a store front like Ebay but focus on retail stores and shops.

my 1 cent :P

136.12.2007 14:43

And for the most part your right zippy

146.12.2007 14:48

Originally posted by DXR88:
And for the most part your right zippy
I think indavendauls also can sale on Amazon, amazon dose offer deals through their contracts and what not with the larger stores,I was on prime for a year....what a waste of 80$ I found out fast how their thing is setup >>

156.12.2007 15:48

Quote:
Originally posted by DXR88:
And for the most part your right zippy
I think indavendauls also can sale on Amazon, amazon dose offer deals through their contracts and what not with the larger stores,I was on prime for a year....what a waste of 80$ I found out fast how their thing is setup >>
Someone call the translator:

I think individuals can also sell on Amazon. Amazon does offer deals, through their contracts and what not, with the larger stores. I was on prime for a year; what a waste of $80! I found out fast how their thing is setup.

Nothing but love Zippy. Just wanted everyone else to understand.

166.12.2007 15:57

Quote:
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Originally posted by DXR88:
And for the most part your right zippy
I think indavendauls also can sale on Amazon, amazon dose offer deals through their contracts and what not with the larger stores,I was on prime for a year....what a waste of 80$ I found out fast how their thing is setup >>
Someone call the translator:

I think individuals can also sell on Amazon. Amazon does offer deals, through their contracts and what not, with the larger stores. I was on prime for a year; what a waste of $80! I found out fast how their thing is setup.

Nothing but love Zippy. Just wanted everyone else to understand.
I need a good word processor :P

word 07 dosent cut it thus why I don't use it LOL

176.12.2007 16:10

Quote:
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Originally posted by DXR88:
And for the most part your right zippy
I think indavendauls also can sale on Amazon, amazon dose offer deals through their contracts and what not with the larger stores,I was on prime for a year....what a waste of 80$ I found out fast how their thing is setup >>
Someone call the translator:

I think individuals can also sell on Amazon. Amazon does offer deals, through their contracts and what not, with the larger stores. I was on prime for a year; what a waste of $80! I found out fast how their thing is setup.

Nothing but love Zippy. Just wanted everyone else to understand.
I need a good word processor :P

word 07 dosent cut it thus why I don't use it LOL
firefox 2.0+ have built in spell checker zippy :D

:P

186.12.2007 16:17

Quote:
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Originally posted by DXR88:
And for the most part your right zippy
I think indavendauls also can sale on Amazon, amazon dose offer deals through their contracts and what not with the larger stores,I was on prime for a year....what a waste of 80$ I found out fast how their thing is setup >>
Someone call the translator:

I think individuals can also sell on Amazon. Amazon does offer deals, through their contracts and what not, with the larger stores. I was on prime for a year; what a waste of $80! I found out fast how their thing is setup.

Nothing but love Zippy. Just wanted everyone else to understand.
I need a good word processor :P

word 07 dosent cut it thus why I don't use it LOL
firefox 2.0+ have built in spell checker zippy :D

:P
Yes this is true,

However...it dose not do grammar..and some words even Google can't make heads or tails of.

I try not and frustrate myself so much and just go with whatever will work the best.

197.12.2007 12:59

Quote:
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Originally posted by DXR88:
And for the most part your right zippy
I think indavendauls also can sale on Amazon, amazon dose offer deals through their contracts and what not with the larger stores,I was on prime for a year....what a waste of 80$ I found out fast how their thing is setup >>
Someone call the translator:

I think individuals can also sell on Amazon. Amazon does offer deals, through their contracts and what not, with the larger stores. I was on prime for a year; what a waste of $80! I found out fast how their thing is setup.

Nothing but love Zippy. Just wanted everyone else to understand.
I need a good word processor :P

word 07 dosent cut it thus why I don't use it LOL
firefox 2.0+ have built in spell checker zippy :D

:P
Yes this is true,

However...it dose not do grammar..and some words even Google can't make heads or tails of.

I try not and frustrate myself so much and just go with whatever will work the best.
Yeah, I actually used Firefox 2.0 to correct Zippy's post LOL

207.12.2007 13:07

Oh wow zippy they have a spell checker with built in hd-dvd seperate Xbox360 attachments and firefox 2.0 amazing.

just a little off topic

2123.12.2007 18:20

Keeping Sony on their toes i guess by doing this.

2223.12.2007 18:32

Originally posted by DXR88:
Oh wow zippy they have a spell checker with built in hd-dvd seperate Xbox360 attachments and firefox 2.0 amazing.

just a little off topic
I manged to get my hands on word 07 portable, while I wont put everythign through it I can at least run the longer cluttered rambling in it :P

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