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Have DVD prices bottomed out?

Discussion in 'DVD±R media' started by catfreak, Dec 5, 2004.

  1. catfreak

    catfreak Active member

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     ... Apparently there has been a price war going on between DVD media manufacturers ... Here is an article that explains ...

    Taiwan top-three optical-disc makers look to stop CD-R and DVD disc price war
    Jimmy Hsu, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DigiTimes.com [Wednesday 1 December 2004]


    CMC Magnetics, Ritek and Prodisc Technology, the three top producers of optical discs in Taiwan, will not participate in the ongoing cutting of OEM prices for CD-R and DVD+R/-R discs, according to the companies.

    CMC chairman Robert Wong, Ritek CEO Gordon Yeh and Prodisc chairman Min-Fa Lin met in late November to discuss issues regarding global oversupply and competitive price-cutting.

    The three companies agreed they would not participate in the optical-disc price wars brought on by price-cutting on the part of competitors in China and the expanding production capacity of some Taiwan makers, second-tier Taiwan makers of optical discs stated.

    Since the top-three Taiwan companies in total supply 60% of the world’s production capacity for CD-R and DVD+R/-R discs, their ability to avoid cutting prices is expected to stop or at least slow any further fall in the OEM prices for optical discs, the second-tier makers indicated.

     ... I'd recommend stocking up ...

     
  2. DogBomb

    DogBomb Regular member

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    Thanks. Very interesting article. I thought the price drops were in response to the faster DVD drives and the fear of DVD-Video and Blu-ray. It seems only the slower speed media has dropped by 70% or more in less than a year. Naturally - how can you sell 2.4X media for the near the price of 16X media. It is ironic that these 3 companies say that while they are leading the price-cuts in the States. Every week there is a Ritek rebate or TDK/Fuji/Memorex/Maxell media price slash.
     

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