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Old 04-09-2008, 06:01 PM   #1  
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Default Amazon just gave me $200: what's the catch?

They're doing the same $50 store credit for every player bought there, just like Best Buy. Since I bought four players, I get $200, which is basically like cash to me if I get to spend it on Amazon. So while I'm very thankful, something seems wrong. Does this mean they are also about to stop selling HD DVDs? Somebody is paying for this, and it's definitely not Amazon. So who is? If Amazon stops selling HD DVDs, where will they end up? I know there's still quite a few left to sell. For example, Paramount left Blu-ray last August and Amazon still stocks about 1/2 of their movies. So, what's going on behind the scenes here?
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Old 04-09-2008, 06:09 PM   #2  
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I don't know. I didn't think about that possibility for Amazon, but I am extremely surprised by Best Buy and Circuit City just sending them back (or to a wholesaler) without just trying to unload them.
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Is this automatic or do you have to contact Amazon and ask for it?
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Is this automatic or do you have to contact Amazon and ask for it?
It's automatic. If you bought a player there (not from a 3rd party seller), then you'll get an email with a code to use at checkout. The value of the code will be $50 times the # of players you bought. It's the same as a gift card, reusable and it expires in one year.
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Well its simple.

-HD DVD fails
-Customers mad
-Retails/e-tailers feel wrath
-Retailers to build customer loyalty offer $50 dollars back to get them to shop in their place again. And statistics they spend I believe its 2-3 times the amount of the gift card...I forget now...

Is the BDA behind this? ....I have a hard time believing it, but maybe. I just don't think they'd foot the bill for people buying the wrong formate, but then again they did offer a trade in program in some random country I remember reading about a few weeks back.
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Well its simple.

-HD DVD fails
-Customers mad
-Retails/e-tailers feel wrath
-Retailers to build customer loyalty offer $50 dollars back to get them to shop in their place again. And statistics they spend I believe its 2-3 times the amount of the gift card...I forget now...

Is the BDA behind this? ....I have a hard time believing it, but maybe. I just don't think they'd foot the bill for people buying the wrong formate, but then again they did offer a trade in program in some random country I remember reading about a few weeks back.
Think of it this way. If Amazon sold say 100,000 HD DVD players this will be costing them $5 MILLION dollars for those $50.00 credits.

What would be the BUSINESS reason to do that on there own as well as BB & CC doing it also?

I think someone is paying for all these HD DVDs discs available still to just disappear and THIS is the way to try to offset the negative impact. I now think Amazon will be the NEXT big profile (no pun intended ) HDM distributor/retailer to stop selling HD DVDs they already have in stock.

I guess it is time after 4/15/08 for me to start looking at any titles I may want in HD from Universal/Paramount/Dreamworks within the next year or two and buy them while I can. I do not think many of the previously released titles from those studios will be out on BD for a long time unfortunately.

Other than those HD DVD only titles, I had already planned to just buy BD when the option is available myself, but now it looks like I might not have a lot of time to do it.
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What does it matter to you if they stop carrying HD DVDs Bruce, you have them all already anyway, right?
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What does it matter to you if they stop carrying HD DVDs Bruce, you have them all already anyway, right?
Actually, there's still quite a few I wouldn't mind having, for the right price. I've been buying primarily imports for the last two months, so the timing of this $200 credit is perfect since I haven't been buying most of the new releases this year. I just want to complete my HD DVD purchases from the proper sources. I should be about finished by July (except for Freedom 7 and anything else that may come out that I'd be interested in).
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Is there a way to verify the amount of credit you have?
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Is there a way to verify the amount of credit you have?
Yes, put items in your cart totaling near your credit, and enter the code at checkout (without hitting the purchase button, of course). That's how I did it. Now I'm going to go back and take my time choosing what I want to buy.
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Yes, put items in your cart totaling near your credit, and enter the code at checkout (without hitting the purchase button, of course). That's how I did it. Now I'm going to go back and take my time choosing what I want to buy.

All mine does is subtract from the total. I did just call them(I guess actually they called me) and they verified that I do have $150 credit. Now I need to make sure I get my $150 to $200 credit from BestBuy. What a deal! This will go along ways towards getting a Panasonic BD50 to replace my BD30.
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I got mine, sweet. I don't care who sponsored it. I am sorry I did not buy another player just before Toshiba threw in the towel. All of those free discs, a very cheap player and now $50 back.
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How come Wal-Mart is the only place actually requiring you to return the player? I feel left out But no way I'm returning my A3 for $50
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All mine does is subtract from the total. I did just call them(I guess actually they called me) and they verified that I do have $150 credit. Now I need to make sure I get my $150 to $200 credit from BestBuy. What a deal! This will go along ways towards getting a Panasonic BD50 to replace my BD30.
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Just curious...how far back does the Amazon offer extend? We bought the our X2A in sept. 07. Wonder if we qualify?!?
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