In dit bericht van Upside Today wordt melding gemaakt van dalende LCD-scherm prijzen voor het einde van dit jaar. Er wordt voorspelt dat voor deze kerst flat-panels waarschijnlijk een stuk meer in het bereik van de gewone consument zal komen. Echter, de prijsdaling is mogelijk slechts van tijdelijke aard omdat hij mede werd veroorzaakt door recente overproductie:
According to numbers collected by PC Data from its network of resellers, the average price of LCD monitors dropped 8 percent during September, and Koenig said prices are likely to drop further this quarter as resellers prepare for the holiday season.
Rob Enderle, an analyst at Giga Information Group, said holiday prices won't be the only thing putting pressure on prices this quarter.
He said there's an oversupply of LCD monitors in the market because a lot of manufacturers who were making the displays for laptops saw an opportunity to generate money in the flat-panel market.
Herb Berkwits, senior product manager at ViewSonic, said the suggested retail prices on his company's top-selling 15-inch monitors could drop $200, into the $800 range, by the end of the year.
The swift price drops throughout the market, however, could be short-lived, he said. Much of it is driven by oversupply, and prices will level out as the market adjusts, Berkwits said.
[...] Samsung's base 15-inch model is retailing for an average of $740, but the company also is offering promotions that can drop the price further when bundled with other Samsung products.
Enderle said $500 generally is considered the price point at which consumers will get interested in flat-panel displays. "It's going to be awful close" this year, he said.
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