Higher HDTV prices coming?

Just as I exposed the low quality in HDTVs a few weeks back comes another story that thanks to a court ruling HDTVs may go up in price soon.

In a recent 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Manufacturers are allowed to set minimum pricing for their products sold at retail. The implication of this ruling is that manufacturers, including makers of HDTVs, can enforce minimum pricing guidelines for retailers that sell their products. As a result, it is possible that the days of deep-discounting for products, such as LCD and Plasma televisions, may be nearing an end. This may also have implications for online sites that are authorized dealers for specific products.

How minimum pricing usually works is that if an authorized retailer is caught selling a specific product, such as HDTV, for less than a stated minimum price guideline, the manufacturer involved can legally discontinue supplying the offending retailer with its products. For more details, check out report from TV Predictions. If you are planning to buy a flat panel television, now may be a good time, before the trickle down from this ruling takes effect on the retail level.

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