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PV-GS250 $ now that PV-GS300's are here...

by altos / January 30, 2006 8:24 AM PST

On line retailers will temporarily stick it to customers for early PV-GS300's. MSRP is $699.

Once the initial, brief enthusiasm with the 300 is over, is there any reason to buy a PV-GS250 ? It seems like retailers are going to take a BIG hit if they hold any PV-GS250 inventory as the 300 undercuts it by $200. I doubt retailers can discount the PV-GS250 enough to make it a compelling buy. I would buy a 250 at a decent price but it seems like waiting a month for 300 pricing to settle out makes more sense as it will be newer and cheaper.

Thoughts ?

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Same camera
by drhiberd / January 30, 2006 2:11 PM PST

There is really isn't much difference between the two.
Last time I saw a GS250 online it was $750. Why would you wait for the GS300? It's not a better camera, it's pretty much the same camera.
I doubt if the price is going to come down anymore on the GS250. Places will have less and less in stock making it harder for people to find.

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Same camera but (in theory) much lower price.... in theory..
by altos / January 31, 2006 5:28 AM PST
In reply to: Same camera

That's my point. Same camera only the PV-GS250 typically runs $75-250 more than the MSRP of the new 300 camera. In the short run, retailers have run the price of the new PV-GS300 up an incremental $200, in some cases, over the MSRP. The only thing I can figure is that they have old inventory at the higher cost and don't want to get stuck with it.

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by drhiberd / January 31, 2006 9:58 AM PST

I can't imagine paying more than the MSRP. Sony hasn't even come out with their new cams yet, but B & H has their prices set at the MSRP.
If you do think that the GS300 will start out at $900, get a GS250.
Like I said, pretty much the same camera. My bet is they will be pretty much at the same price too.

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That's the oddity...
by altos / January 31, 2006 11:35 AM PST
In reply to: Prices

Regarding the PV-GS300 at the CES show in Las Vegas

"This year's line offers the advantages of 3CCD technology starting with a suggested retail price of $699.95," said Rudy Vitti, national marketing manager, Panasonic Optical Group.

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Price Differential
by altos / February 2, 2006 9:03 AM PST

It appears that the price differential may be
based on the 300 model using the 150 series lens, not the 250 series.

That may or may not be a big deal since no one appears to have one to review. However, the regression in lens size usually... is reflected in production costs and retail prices.

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GS250 Fire Sale
by danielemunoz / April 3, 2006 7:51 AM PDT

I found a GS250 alongside a GS300 at a local (Durham NC) BestBuy. Both were marked $699 but there was a sign on the register that said to give 20% off for discontinued models. So after flying home to confirm my research, I was back to pick up my GS250 which is just a more full-featured device than the GS300 (and no, I do not mean the manual focus).

I am finding places still selling the GS250 for $860+.

There is no reason I can discern that the quality of the output would not be identical as between the two models.

I like the GS250 a lot.

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Re: GS250 Fire Sale
by ryankelly29 / April 4, 2006 1:25 PM PDT
In reply to: GS250 Fire Sale

To clarify, did you get the GS250 for $460 (20% off $699) or did you pay $699 for it? If its $460, its a no brainer - I need to find one at Best Buy immediately! Thanks. - kbiev

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Best Buy
by drhiberd / April 5, 2006 2:44 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: GS250 Fire Sale

I read on another forum that Best Buy was offering them for $399.
I went to several Best Buy stores in my area, but they were all sold out.
They did verify the price, though.
Pretty good deal.

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