103" sounds big but not really. Nothing too special. While I enjoy my 42" and 37" plasma and LCD flat panels, I use them for general viewing - simply too small. I thought of getting a 50" screen but like all hi-def, everything is 16:9 hence it's not really that big.
BUT when it's movie night or Monday Night football, I fire up my 3LCD projector and surround sound system. With the latest projectors having very high lumens on the cheap, I can shoot out onto a non-screened wall rendering 146" diag. Cost of my Epson HD/progressive projector $740 w/ rebate (1/2 the price of my 42" plasma). The Panny 103" plasma is surely better BUT for $49,000 less, I have a screen that is bigger and is 95% as sharp and bright when viewing 17" feet back.
You guys keep complaining about the price, but it's not really for you, so naturally there are better choices.
When you're making something built to order, it's clearly a niche product, and even if you sell 6000 in a few years, you're still very much in that league.
To be sure, they aren't trying to compete with the projectors that cost 2% of what it does. But, really, $50,000 is a trivial amount of money to a lot of big companies, and if it helps them with their work, or somehow improves productivity, it is well worth it. Even for employee morale, you could make a case, since $50,000 is nothing compared to salaries, especially since it's a tax write-off.
Probably some private people buy it, but they have so much money it is trivial, and it is worth it to improve their lives.
The way people are posting, you'd think this was intended to be a mainstream product designed to sell to you and I. It isn't. Not everything is.
Seriously, it has had that much success that they have gone from hand fab, to machine fab.... How many rich bastards are there in the world? Geez, I'm a disabled Veteran, and I don't see the price cut in an entire year, let alone the actual cost. I wonder how many people could be fed with one TV...
I'm not bitter about the fortunes of others, i'm bitter about how many choose to use them. It doesn't seem wrong to you that a person could give up half their body for their country while getting paid less than most school janitors, or better yet, the people who ran the country into the ground by cheating and lying to people? (AIG, etc.)
wikiwikiwhat: why are you bitter about my personal bitterness? I wonder how many individuals who bought one was some tyrant or family of like kim jung il, living it up while his citizens suffer and starve. BUT it is their choice, and I wouldn't want to change that. Just try and help them see the issues and maybe they would choose for themselves. To me freedom of choice is most important, but what is wrong with anouncing how the gluttony of the high class is hurting the rest of the world. Remember, 3/5ths of the world is below the american poverty line, on the edge of starvation, while 1 in around 100000 is even considered upper class, let alone rich, something isn't right about that, and its mostly due to the choices made by the wealthy, on purpose.
Happiness is contrasts, not absolutes. It is human nature. If you have too much, you appreciate none of it, if you have very little, you appreciate things much more.
The beauty, or ugliness, of life is everyone will suffer and being happy takes a lot of effort regardless of wealth. As you know, most rich people aren't happy, and neither are most poor people. Misery has a lot of ways of entering one's life, and a lot of it is where we choose to be, mentally. We can look at all the bad, or we can think of all the good - the things that make life worth living. If you think someone with billions of dollars is going to get a big kick out of this device, I fundamentally disagree with you.
I really believe life is meant to be a struggle, one way or another. If you don't have it financially, you'll find it somewhere else. You think Bill Gates has had a stress free life? Look at him. He's in his 50s and looks like he's about 10 years older than that. It's tempting, but I'd prefer to keep my life. I have too many things that are important to me, to give them up for something like money, most of which are living (and there's also an Apple IIe in a sealed box ).
I saw one of these still in a box awaiting shipment to another location. When I saw it it was before a price drop, in fact when I saw it I didn't even think it was available for pulic purchase at all. It was more than $70,000 at that time, I was under the impression that the est. cost was $100,000+. The stand for it was supposedly $13,000. And of course it was sitting in the warehouse of Osan AB, South Korea, on it's way to an Army base somewhere a bit further south, your tax dollars at work! LOL
ta152h has it all correct. This isn't intended for consumers. I work for a company that install a/v equipment for boardrooms, auditoriums and such. 50 grand isn't nothing to a company that will spend 1.5 million for a boardroom. Hell even the projectors we install in those rooms can cost upwards of $75,000. A $50,000 plasma starts to look good now.
Compare this to someone selling a $70,000 boat for $50,000. You probably weren't going to buy it anyways. But since you just bought your 17' Lund for $47,000 less doesn't mean the $50,000 boat isn't worth every cent to the right person.
[citation][nom]ta152h[/nom]Gimp,Happiness is contrasts, not absolutes. It is human nature. If you have too much, you appreciate none of it, if you have very little, you appreciate things much more.[/citation]
You can't be serious. Happiness is contrasts? I don't have to burn to know that being on fire wouldn't be good at all, and I don't have to suffer to know that a BJ feels real good. That is one long of a wasted post. Life is not some karma BS. Good people get the shaft all the time, thousands of children will starve by the weeks end, never knowing anything but hardship. Where is their contrast? And since were getting way off topic anyway, lets just leave it as is, cause I will obviously not see this in your way knowing you have obviously not suffered that badly, or lived in areas of pure devastation in the world to even say things that naive. I won't post again about this cause this is not the place.