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TV prices - up or down? Anyone in the trade or in the know?

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Been looking at some Panasonic plasmas (TH-42PZ80B, TH-46PZ80B, TH-50PZ80B) and some Sony LCDs. The prices all seem to have gone up a fair bit since Christmas, and the dealers are saying prices are …
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8y, 4w agoPosted 8 years, 4 weeks ago
Been looking at some Panasonic plasmas (TH-42PZ80B, TH-46PZ80B, TH-50PZ80B) and some Sony LCDs. The prices all seem to have gone up a fair bit since Christmas, and the dealers are saying prices are going up more.

Are they just talking the market up, or is there some truth in it? Anyone in the know in here? I know the £ is low, and that has an impact, but surely LCD/plasma prices are still falling enough to counteract that?

Are there going to be some good Easter deals, as there were at Christmas?

And if anyone knows a particularly good price for any of the above (ideally with a cabinet stand and a 5 year warranty) I'd be very interested!

Thanks - happy to add some rep for the most useful replies.
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8y, 4w agoPosted 8 years, 4 weeks ago
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#1
Can I second what he said. I am after a Panny 42 plasma. Antone know of any upcoming deals at Costco?
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Prices fluctuate partly in line with the £:$ exchange rate. So if you think the £ will get stronger, it would be worth waiting to buy. If you think it will get weaker, buy now. There's no point asking how the £ will go as, if anyone knew, they'd be making a killing on the exchange market not wasting their time here. :)

If you want a 5 year warranty then it's unlikely that you would get the TV + warranty cheaper than John Lewis.
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tony_s1
Prices fluctuate partly in line with the £:$ exchange rate. So if you think the £ will get stronger, it would be worth waiting to buy. If you think it will get weaker, buy now. There's no point asking how the £ will go as, if anyone knew, they'd be making a killing on the exchange market not wasting their time here. :)

If you want a 5 year warranty then it's unlikely that you would get the TV + warranty cheaper than John Lewis.


Do you mean £:¥? Most of the Japanese electronics companies have pushed up prices this year due to the strong Yen which means the deals floating around before Christmas won't be seen for a while. New LCD's and Plasma's will be starting to appear in a few weeks now but it will take a bit of time for the majority of manufacturers to get most of their new ranges in as they'll stagger them to keep us waiting! Best to hold on for a bit as regardless of the £:¥ price, prices of the older sets will come down to clear space.

As well as John Lewis with their 5 Year Warranty and Price Matching, it's worth looking at Richer Sound also as they will price match (including 5 year warranty deals) also and give you up to £100 cash back!
1 Like #4
This Home Cinema Choice article is a couple of months out of date but fundamentaly nothing has changed for the better.

"Grab a great AV deal while you can, companies warn of significant prices rises in 2009"

As already said, the best, and possibly only, bargains are going to be on discontinued models.

http://www.homecinemachoice.com/blogs/team_HCC/price+rises+forecast+for+2009

The LCD TV I purchased in October is anywhere from £50 to £100 dearer now.

EDIT: It goes without saying to price match where you can and/or use discount codes like this 2% off at Dixons & Free delivery.
http://www.dixons.co.uk/martprd/editorial/affiliategoogle?camp_id=ppc_dixonsbrand&gclid=CPDylYH8-ZgCFUM-3godJnaynA&source_id=aw
#5
definetely going up and items are getting out of stock as well.

also i noticed that the stocks are not replenished as quickly as before as retailers are reluctant in investing huge sums at the moment.
1 Like #6
If you havnt already, try local stores for end of line deals, I managed to pick up a panasonic 42 px80 for 550 pounds yesterday, which is the cheapest I could find it anywhere.
#7
I'm looking for the 37PX80 (still!!) Places are either out of stock or ridiculously high prices, new i should have got it from Comet at £500
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Thanks - a little rep scattered around as a small thank you.

Prices have gone up, it seems, but whether the manufacturers and retailers can make higher prices stick in a deep recession is another matter. They might want higher prices, but if customers can't afford to buy, prices will come right back down again. So it's wait and see time. My guess is that sales will fall, and prices will follow suit to regain the sales.
#9
There is only so much price cutting that can be done especially when retailers are faced with higher supplier prices. With the banks also not lending, holding stock is expensive.

Empire Direct, often the cheapest supplier of LCD TVs, couldn't discount sell it's way out of failure.

......it was severely hit by the economic downturn and saw a "significant reduction" in sales from the middle of last year, according to administrators.

The business suffered further when credit insurers withdrew cover in October, while low stock levels and operating losses meant it could not continue to trade in administration.
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kar999;4500335
There is only so much price cutting that can be done especially when retailers are faced with higher supplier prices. With the banks also not lending, holding stock is expensive.

Empire Direct, often the cheapest supplier of LCD TVs, couldn't discount sell it's way out of failure.

......it was severely hit by the economic downturn and saw a "significant reduction" in sales from the middle of last year, according to administrators.

The business suffered further when credit insurers withdrew cover in October, while low stock levels and operating losses meant it could not continue to trade in administration.


Absolutely agree. Retailers can only cut prices so far (unless you're Digital Techmart!). The prices are set by the manufacturers, and they're currently trying to increase UK prices - a lot of the rumour of higher prices is probably coming from that source to soften people up and encourage sales. If those prices don't hold, they have two options - bring the prices back down or close the manufacturing operations. The second option is an absolute last resort, for obvious reasons.
#11
Newbold
Absolutely agree. Retailers can only cut prices so far (unless you're Digital Techmart!). The prices are set by the manufacturers, and they're currently trying to increase UK prices - a lot of the rumour of higher prices is probably coming from that source to soften people up and encourage sales. If those prices don't hold, they have two options - bring the prices back down or close the manufacturing operations. The second option is an absolute last resort, for obvious reasons.


It's not a rumour about prices going up. One Japanese company on its second price rise of the year will be Nikon who will be upping prices on many of its items from tomorrow!

Retailers do have quite a lot of margin to play with and even if prices do go up further, retailers could choose to hold prices, a bit like the energy companies, but I doubt that would happen. I think a lot of people would rather hold on for the new technology than to buy higher priced stock that will be reduced in price once they're superseded.

Your not far wrong with operations closing, look at Pioneer! Many other manufacturers are shedding jobs also...
#12
The same thing is happening with computers, too. Twelve months ago, I bought an Intel E8400 3GHz Core2Duo chip for £125. To buy the exact same CPU now, you're spending an extra £10.

Figuring out the maths, when I bought my chip, the rate was about $2 to £1, with 17.5% VAT. That makes the chip about $230, going by the rough maths in my head. It's now about $1.50 for £1, which makes that £135 chip about £115, and about $170. So, $60 cheaper Stateside, but £10 more expensive here, even after our VAT drop.

Where prices will go from here, I don't know. Probably not much lower, except for companies clearing out stock.
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thehitman;4512133
It's not a rumour about prices going up. One Japanese company on its second price rise of the year will be Nikon who will be upping prices on many of its items from tomorrow!


My point is, though, that it's one thing putting prices up, but another thing altogether keeping them up if consumers simply don't buy. My guess is that some of these price increases will be short-lived in the current economic (and deflationary) climate.
#14
Newbold
My point is, though, that it's one thing putting prices up, but another thing altogether keeping them up if consumers simply don't buy. My guess is that some of these price increases will be short-lived in the current economic (and deflationary) climate.


I don't disagree although the manufacturers can do what they like, especially those overseas although it is retailers who are likely to feel the impact first as they may have to absorb the price increases. I do hope the increases are short lived also so that we get some normality back.
#15
Don't forget that production has also gone down sharply - quite a few LCD & plasma fabs have closed or are ramping down production due to the recession so the market isn't as flooded with certain products as it was a few months ago...

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