Flat-screen prices finally tumbling

Posted by: IceMyst

Flat-screen prices finally tumbling - 08/18/05 03:24 AM

SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- Bud Werner and his wife are longtime movie buffs. For more than a year, he pined for a flat-panel television, thrilled by 60-inch screens thin enough to hang on a wall and turn his living room into a mini-movie theater.

But he couldn't overcome sticker shock -- some flat panels were selling for as much as $20,000 at first, as much as a new car. Like a lot of fans of flat-panel TVs, Werner, who owns a sign-making business, held off buying.

Until now, that is.

Prices for flat panels have finally begun to tumble -- by as much as 35 percent in the past year -- as soaring demand for the two leading flat-panel technologies, plasma and liquid crystal display, or LCD, attracts a host of new competitors.

"I'm excited," said Werner, 54, whose patience was rewarded this month when he bought a 50-inch plasma television at Best Buy for $3,800. "We already have the wall picked out where it's going to hang."

Lesser-known brands, such as Westinghouse Electric Co., Regent USA's Maxent, Syntax Corp.'s Olevia and Norcent Micro Inc. are slashing prices to compete against more-established names like Sharp Corp. and Sony Corp., forcing them, in turn, to charge less.

Semiconductors and other TV components also are getting cheaper, and the industry continues to find ways to trim production costs.

Now, a 42-inch liquid crystal model retails for about $4,200 on average, and the same-sized high-definition plasma sells for around $2,900, said Riddhi Patel, senior analyst for iSuppli, a market research firm in El Segundo, California.

Still too expensive? Price-conscious consumers shouldn't worry, analysts say, as flat-panel prices have yet to bottom out.

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Posted by: Artic Warrior

Re: Flat-screen prices finally tumbling - 08/18/05 12:26 PM

This is so cool, I have wanted one ever since I was at Harvey Norman (superstore here) and I walked to have a look at its side. It was so slim I laughed out loud at the accomplishment. But yeah, back then they we all above 10k and the year after we ended up getting a 119cm, rear projection for 3k.
But now bwa hahahahaha. Im so going to be watching this price "tumble"!
Posted by: Gremelin

Re: Flat-screen prices finally tumbling - 08/18/05 01:58 PM

This is awesome; I have a need for a new monitor and I'm going Flat Panel no matter what; the ViewSonic that I want though is $800 plus shipping (21" viewsonic flatpanel)... I can't wait to hear more .