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Outrageous Price for a "Factory-Sealed" CLD-97?

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Anonymous
May 17, 2005 12:38:35 PM

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NOT my auction:

<http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5775...;

1. No picture = no proof that he/she actually has the goods.

2. A stupid grey font color that is barely readable.

3. Did this player even cost $2,480 when it was new ten years ago?
I've only seen the HLD-X9 go for that much. I MIGHT consider shelling
out $500 for it (assuming that it's legit, of course), however, even
$500 is a hefty price for a "dead" format player IMHO.

-Junior
Anonymous
May 17, 2005 1:16:29 PM

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Dave Garrett wrote:
> when's the last time you saw a brand-new CLD-97?

Never (even just a picture of one that is brand-new).

And after viewing this auction, still never. :-)

-Junior
Anonymous
May 17, 2005 8:08:20 PM

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In article <1116344315.824426.266490@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com>,
watsona@kenyon.edu says...

> NOT my auction:
>
> <http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5775...;
>
> 1. No picture = no proof that he/she actually has the goods.
>
> 2. A stupid grey font color that is barely readable.
>
> 3. Did this player even cost $2,480 when it was new ten years ago?
> I've only seen the HLD-X9 go for that much. I MIGHT consider shelling
> out $500 for it (assuming that it's legit, of course), however, even
> $500 is a hefty price for a "dead" format player IMHO.

IIRC, the MSRP for both the CLD-97 and the CLD-99 was close to $2500. By
way of comparison, the MSRP for a CLD-D704 was a bit more than $1200.

My guess is that this is a relatively new eBay seller who has an
overinflated idea of what this player is actually worth - a common
malady afflicting newcomers to eBay. I don't think there's anyone in the
market for one who'd pay that much - if you're going to drop that kind
of cash on an LD player, you'd probably go all the way and cough up a
bit more for an HLD-X9. Still, I wouldn't be surprised if it fetched
close to $1000 if the seller lowered the opening bid to something
realistic and if it's really as represented - when's the last time you
saw a brand-new CLD-97?

Dave
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Anonymous
May 17, 2005 8:46:07 PM

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On 17 May 2005 08:38:35 -0700, "unclejr" <watsona@kenyon.edu> wrote:

>NOT my auction:
>
><http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5775...;
>
>1. No picture = no proof that he/she actually has the goods.
>
>2. A stupid grey font color that is barely readable.
>
>3. Did this player even cost $2,480 when it was new ten years ago?
>I've only seen the HLD-X9 go for that much. I MIGHT consider shelling
>out $500 for it (assuming that it's legit, of course), however, even
>$500 is a hefty price for a "dead" format player IMHO.
>
>-Junior
Checking out the seller's other auctions, the starting bids are
extremely high on all of them. And not one of them has a single bid.
Coincidence? I think not!
John
Anonymous
May 17, 2005 11:03:05 PM

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A lot of interest still if it is indeed a dead format player. Lots of
purists still prefer LD to DVD...

"unclejr" <watsona@kenyon.edu> wrote in message
news:1116344315.824426.266490@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
> NOT my auction:
>
> <http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5775...;
>
> 1. No picture = no proof that he/she actually has the goods.
>
> 2. A stupid grey font color that is barely readable.
>
> 3. Did this player even cost $2,480 when it was new ten years ago?
> I've only seen the HLD-X9 go for that much. I MIGHT consider shelling
> out $500 for it (assuming that it's legit, of course), however, even
> $500 is a hefty price for a "dead" format player IMHO.
>
> -Junior
>
Anonymous
May 18, 2005 2:27:29 AM

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"Dave Garrett" <dave@compassnet.com> wrote in message
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> IIRC, the MSRP for both the CLD-97 and the CLD-99 was close to $2500.
> By
> way of comparison, the MSRP for a CLD-D704 was a bit more than $1200.

They were $2,499.99 and $1,499.99 respectively, I believe.
Anonymous
May 18, 2005 2:55:31 AM

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$500 would be a steal for that player....I just sold my USED CLD-97 two
months ago for $650 to a fella in Norway!
For a collector with a very large LD library and deep pockets....$2500 not
that big of a deal for a brand new CLD-97.
Anonymous
May 18, 2005 6:25:10 AM

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I take it all back.....contacted member about item. They (she) is totally
rude.....would not take the player for free from this seller.......yeah,
her e-mail reply WAS that bad!
Anonymous
May 18, 2005 10:21:02 AM

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redline1 wrote:
> I take it all back.....contacted member about item. They (she) is
> totally rude.....would not take the player for free from this
> seller.......yeah, her e-mail reply WAS that bad!

It's not like you are the epitome of kindness and gentility...

-Junior
Anonymous
May 21, 2005 5:54:42 AM

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"Sound By Singer" has had a CLD-97 sitting stagnant at $800 for MONTHS
with no takers and another one has been up for several days at $700,
which includes a Star Wars boxset and Criterion copies of Blade Runner
and Akira with no bites. The prices for some of these players actually
seem to have dipped over the last several months for one reason or
another, but opened or not, $2,480 for a CLD-97 seems very high to me.
Anonymous
May 21, 2005 5:57:27 AM

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<<My guess is that this is a relatively new eBay seller who has an
overinflated idea of what this player is actually worth - a common
malady afflicting newcomers to eBay. >>

I'd bet you're right. I've seen a couple of players go unsold over the
last 2-3 months because they had ridiculous starting prices. I've
noticed that a lot of these players seem to be under-selling where I
remember them being last year too.
Anonymous
May 21, 2005 11:27:18 PM

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ALL LD players prices have dropped as compared to less than even a year
ago. They require too much maintenance for most owners.
External line doubler needed at minimum, scaler, and above all the
non-anamporphic titles, 99% anyway.
Since new HDTV's prices have been getting more affordable year after year,
many have simply kicked their LD to the curb or are trying to get whatever
residual value for their player on Ebay.
Star Wars released on DVD surely escalated this.
Anonymous
May 22, 2005 2:45:53 AM

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<<External line doubler needed at minimum, scaler, and above all the
non-anamporphic titles, 99% anyway.>>

I think you can still get acceptable levels of performance simply from
a good player and a good television. Laserdisc still looks better than
broadcast television.

<<many have simply kicked their LD to the curb or are trying to get
whatever
residual value for their player on Ebay.
Star Wars released on DVD surely escalated this.>>

Well I'm actually glad about it. If prices keep dropping, I'll pick up
another player sometime in the next year when prices are really in the
toilet.
Anonymous
May 31, 2005 8:31:37 AM

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if you think $2500 isn't too high for a cld-97, i'll sell you my runco ljrII
and an EAD Smartchord AC-3 demodulator [listed for $895] for $2500, with
pleasure, shipping on me anywhere in the world. this i would replace with an
hld-X9. as for library, i have about 2400 titles. a fair price for a seaed
cld-97 today would be no more than $750 [remember, no warranty.] enjoy --:) 
i sold a cld-99 for $1200 in 1999, and another one for $1000 in year 2000.
"redline1" <retel1@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> $500 would be a steal for that player....I just sold my USED CLD-97 two
> months ago for $650 to a fella in Norway!
> For a collector with a very large LD library and deep pockets....$2500 not
> that big of a deal for a brand new CLD-97.
>
!