[78-L] Amazon Quickie and death of DVD
mbiel at mbiel.com
Fri Nov 27 11:49:21 PST 2009
Here's a nifty happening. I was pulling up in front of the house and my
cell phone rings from Leah. She had seen an Amazon upcoming Black
Friday listing saying a "fab deal Four you" that was going to open up in
a few seconds. She gave me a count-down as I got to the house. I was
wondering why she was insisting that she HAD to be there when it became
available. Now I know. It was the Beatles Stereo remaster box for
99.99 down from 177. I said "Yeah get it." She clicks on it as I get
in the door. It's in the cart and I figured I'd check out. She
refreshes the page and says "Holy Crap! It says 56% claimed! Should I
check out?" She checked out and I was still logging in on my computer.
THREE MINUTES after it went on sale it was Sold Out and I would not have
gotten onto the page in time if she wasn't onto it already. Talk about
being TRAMPLED on Black Friday!
But here's another thing. I just got back from, among other places,
WalMart. They had a Maganavox BluRay player for $78 in the early bird
specials before 11 AM and it was sold out on-line. I was there at 1 PM
and our store still had over 20 of these and the price was STILL $78.
Maybe people are not THAT interested? (I didn't get one because I
need one that can be region code hacked. The LG combo HD-DVD/BluRay I
already have CAN be hacked, but now Leah needs a hackable one.)
BUT, despite those machines not being sold out, I think the
tipping-point price of BluRay players has been met, and this is now
official as far as I am concerned: THE DVD IS DEAD. BluRay will replace
it 75% in less than 2 years, and 100% in three. Downloads might kill
off both BluRay and CD in five.
Mike Biel mbiel at mbiel.com
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