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Why Not Buy a DVD Recorder?

1 Nov, 2004 By: Stephanie Prange

This year unit sales of recordable DVD hardware are expected to increase more than 300 percent from 2003 tallies, according to In-Stat/MDR data — and I can see why.

Have you looked at the mass merchant circulars lately?

Wal-Mart's latest one in my area featured a DVD recorder for $149.67. The holidays haven't even started in full force, and the price of a DVD recorder is already $150. What's going to happen when the holidays really kick off? Will the DVD recorder be the DVD player of past ?hristmases? Will we see an early bird sale of a DVD recorder at about $100 this holiday season?

Already analysts at last week's DVD Forum conference were predicting less than $100 DVD recorders in 2005, and one said VCRs are poised to become obsolete. Can VHS cassettes be far behind?

For the past couple of years, the industry has predicted that DVD recorders would take off, but my bet is that this year will be the final nail in the coffin for the VCR. I'm ready to hook up my camcorder to the DVD recorder right now and throw out all the cumbersome home movie tapes cluttering my closets. I'm betting others are thinking the same thing.

I know a lot of retailers still see value in VHS inventory, but I think change is in the air this holiday season.

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