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All posts tagged "price drop"


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Zune HD 16 GB Model Price Drops to $169, 32 GB to $199

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune News" @ 11:30 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/04/...-closer-to-eol/

I confess, I still adore my Zune HD to this day. As a music player, it's simply unparalleled. As a photo/video player, it also works great...or at least as great as something with a screen that small can be. It's a fantastic device, and it looks like it's coming to the end of it's life with yet another price drop. $169 for a 16 GB model is impressive, but $199 for a 32 GB model is even better. I wish the price had dropped on the 64 GB model - I'd still like to snag one of those at some point, but $299 is the sweet spot for me to make the jump. Think I'll get the chance before the whole line is discontinued?

UPDATE: The Zune HD 64 GB model can be found for $219 from Buy.com. Thanks to The Yaz for the tip!


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Zune HD Gets $30-$40 Price Drop at Amazon.com & NewEgg

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Events" @ 03:30 PM

http://astore.amazon.com/zunethoughts-20/

Looking at the price in our affiliate Amazon.com, the price on the Zune HD 32 GB has dropped to $249 USD, and the 16 GB Zune HD is $189.99 USD. Not bad!


Thursday, May 3, 2007

Zune Price Drops: Reality Check

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Talk" @ 12:00 AM

http://microsoft.blognewschannel.com/archives/2007/05/01/zune-on-sale-bad-sign/

"Joe Wilcox writes that many retailers are starting to offer steep discounts on the Zune, which may indicate they are having trouble moving units. Staples is selling it for $199.99, fifty dollars off, Circuit City has it for $220. Amazon also has it for $220. So, what does it mean? Well, it could mean poor sales, absolutely...the other theory: Zune Version 2 is coming, and retailers know it, and are trying to offload inventory before that happens. It’s certainly possible."

I was reading this blog post by Nathan Weinberg and I was thinking that the online world sometimes gets so irrational it's funny. In this instance, we have a price drop on the Zune - Weinberg speculates it's because the product isn't selling very well. Possible? You bet - since you can get a 30 GB iPod for between $230 and $250 USD, the Zune at $249 isn't competitive on price at all. And when you're the underdog you need every advantage you can get - I always thought the Zune should have come out at $199 and undercut the iPod by a solid $50 margin. Weinberg's second theory is that since the second generation Zune is "coming", the price is dropping to clear the current inventory.

Reality check time: no company with an ounce of sense in their head releases a produce in November and obsoletes it by releasing a second version only five months later. I think some people were so disappointed with the first-generation Zune they're hoping it will fade away and become a memory, rapidly replaced by a newer, thinner, better version. That's going to happen eventually, but not five months after launch! That's just idiocy, and Microsoft may be a lot of things, but they've never been accused of shipping products too fast.

I believe there's a Flash-based Zune right around the corner - perhaps coming out this summer - but I wouldn't expect a second generation hard-drive based player to show up until holiday 2007.

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