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April 30th, 2007

DVD Players are Cheap

Many moons ago, when DVD players were just starting to come down in price and we were just starting to get interested in them, I was able to convince my wife that $150.00 was a reasonable amount of money for a DVD player. It was, at the time. Most were still over $200, and the super-low-end ones were around $100.

I remember one of the compelling features was “progressive scan” which would future-proof the things a bit. Sure.

Last week at Target, my eyes nearly popped out of my head when I spotted a DVD player for $26. Sure, it was an El Cheapo brand (TruTech). Sure, it was basically a DVD drive in an external drive enclosure. But still: $26? That’s cheaper than a lot of DVDs nowadays.

Interestingly this Target was selling a turntable ($100), but no VCRs.

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COD April 30, 2007, 6:49 pm

I bought a DVD Burner a few weeks ago for $50. All these cheap electronics are bad for the environment though. When I was a kid my dad kept the same stereo for 20+ years. When it broke he fixed it. The one hour charge just to look at something today is more than the replacement cost on a lot of electronic gear. It breaks, we just pitch it and buy a new one.

Merle May 1, 2007, 1:02 am

Actually, some of the el-cheapo ones are amazing. I own a Cybertech ($23), which I believe looks just like the TruTech. It does a better job of playing, and has a better remote control, than the expensive Samsung ($90 at the time, $60 now) that all my friends recommended to me.

The Samsung just sits there feeling lonely, as I pretty much only use the Cybertech unless I need to be in the middle of two discs at once.

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