"OK, now we're confused. Amazon's US site has reduced the Xbox 360 Premium down to $329. It's a bit odd since Amazon sells consoles for retail, and Microsoft just dropped the price to $350." - Mark Wilson (Kotaku)
Looks like they're getting rid of their stock of the non-HDMI 90nm premiums.
So you can buy the Red Rings of Death for the low, low price of $329. LOL, I pray to god when mine gets back in a few weeks I NEVER see the RRoD again.
If they are the non-Heatsink, non-Epoxy Fix, 90nm Xbox's it's like buying a ticking time bomb. Of course if you don't mind waiting 4 weeks for a repair you will get a new one with HDMI and 65nm when it breaks in a year or so. Not worth saving $20 bucks though, IMO. However it is not confirmed that they are old 90nm Xbox's, but it certainly does make sense that they would be.
they carry no stock, they drop ship strait from M$, so it should be all new stock.
HALO ][ and Xbox 360 Console now on top of bestsellers list, FTW!!!
I mean its great to have, but only aruond 30% (i think) of the population even has an HD TV let alone a tv that also supports HDMI. Or maybe im thinking of something else, anyways im fine without it and I would personally take the cheaper one... as long as it has the ehat sinks of course....
its better to have it than not to have it right??? i mean say you don't have a hdtv right now, but you get one next year, it would be nice having the hdmi port on your system to use. I mean if you don't want it at all thats your thing, but i think people in general would enjoy having something available, even though its not immediately needed.
edit.. haha i got a disagree... too funny, i guess that guy doesnt want something included in his machine, even thought he might use it one day.. and mind you for the same price... actually thats what the 360's all about, getting stuff later and paying for it.
Many HDTV's are starting to come with HDMI inputs nowadays. Personally I'll choose the HDMI equipped console as I plan on upgrading to an HDTV soon anyway.
HDMI is the new standard for HD. If you're going to make a product that outputs not including HDMI, at this point in time, is crazy. I don't know of any new HDTVs that don't have HDMI.
i can use HDMI
now i wonder would this also be a clearance sale?
so that the Xbox 360 could be in the same boat as the PS3 having to have a fire sale to move a few consoles only 8 months into the next gen. console war. Xbox 360 needs no stinking clearance or fire sale to move there consoles, just some AAA games that people want to play. Don't worry, PS3 will have there day soon but it won't ever take over the 360. M$ is here to stay, FTW!!!
The 360 is just on sale. What's the confusion? Retailers often do this to increase peripheral sales. If you can get a 360 on Amazon for $20 off with free shipping, why go to Circuit City? Why go to Best Buy?
Most consumers will buy at the very least, an extra controller, 1-2 games, charging kits, and maybe a wireless add-on. (The wireless add on has about a $35 margin)
Amazon is just capitalizing on the numerous amount of consumers who will be picking up a 360 this week due to the price drop.
mmm.. I can't wait to see this month NPD numbers... or september...
We already have HDMI.
Back on topic: This price cut is good enough to go n get a 360 right now, cuz HALO3 is about to come out. But i don't think it'll affect the PS3, cuz PS3 has a tons of games coming out, and they all are great.
September, will most likely show a decline in PS 3s (however small it may be) as a result of both the 1)price cut and 2) Halo 3's launch (both of which you already mentioned) How will that affect the PS 3, you ask? Well, it is a known, historicall fact that when a console cuts it price- sells pick up. This much is certain and, your right- a price cut alone would not affect the PS 3 sales that much. 360 would probably be higher, but the PS sales would most likely remain the same.
However, the launch of Halo 3 will give an unparralled amount of attention to the 360 console in the form of ads, and merchandising (they've already began producing soda!). All this attention will definitely overshadow PS 3's new IPs that are generally unknown to the mass market. Hence, in the wake of all the 360 media and advertising being thrown, PS 3's sales will decline not based on the quality of their software, but simply due to the sheer popularity that Halo 3 will recieve, making most casual gamers say "Heveanly Who?".
Of course, nothing is certain and my predictions could turn out to be complete mumbo jumbo- but in light of Halo's previous impacts on Xbox- I think there's a huge possibility that PS 3 sales will decrease in September. Beyond that, I really don't know. PS 3 has some fairly strong titles coming, most notably UT 3, that will be sure to move some consoles.
Amazon does this all the time, they shave a little off their price because they're a huge retailer and can afford to take the hit with all the extra sales that'll come their way because of the lower price. Its simple business and probably has nothing to do with clearance. They did the same thing with the ps3 controler, if you notice its slightly cheaper than retail on amazon (and thats why I got my extra controler from there)
that deal rose them back to #5, it lost steam and dropped to #8. Amazon hit them with $20 off deal and back to #5 it goes.
Elite however get no deal, it dropped too..
don't forget Halo 3 just made it to number 1, PS3 dropped to 4, and the collectors edition of Halo 3 is now 10
HALO 3 will stay in #1 for quite sometime probably until end of september but I doubt XBOX 360 premium will stay there, it was dropping before the deal came. After the deal expired, it will drop to probably #8-#12.
am i the only one who got legandary edition here?
Amazon earn money themselves on every console sold, so if more 360`S are sold the more money and consumers they earn during the holliday.
Very similar to the $50 price cut on 360 is. I predict 360 will receive a 2nd price reduction once the newer Falcon chipset is on the shelf.
They probably did this because the premium still wasn't selling that hot with the $50 price drop. At $329 it has a better chance of passing the PS3. Right now the 360 is ranked #5 and the PS3 is #4. The 360 should pass the PS3 when everybody gets off of work today at like 10 pm est same like yesterday. The 360 at $350 yesterday was able to reach the #5 position at 10pm est.
This may just be a 1 day deal... They had forza two on amazon yesterday for 39.99. Today it's back to 54.99.
If this doesn't make it go number 1 on Amazon I don't know what will.
People will chose amazon compared with other online dealers so they will fly off the shells.
The 360 premium is #2 now and passed the Wii and PS3. Amazon is the only site that is selling new 360s for this price, so obviously everyone is going to amazon to buy a new 360 online. I wonder how long the 329.99 deal has been effective for. Was it effective since midnight? Hopefully the 360 takes away sales from the wii because i can't find one here in any nearby local stores.
I think i was effective since yesterday, but I wonder how some people will react to find out that they bought the "old" Premium when some would have expected the HDMI enabled
this is both positive and negative
Pro: clear the stock of 90nm premiums that have the overheat issue in order to make amazon restock the HDMI enables that is suppose to have the 65nm and second heatsink
Con: there will be angry people that thought they were getting the deal of a life time, more 360s that will probably fail eventually causing more angry people and bad PR
But the thing I want right now us to someone to open a new HDMI premium to confirm if the changes were made (65nm and second heatsink)...wonder if the hardware from llama.com will do it soon
my advice: dont buy from Amazon if you want HDMI enabled 360 and/or rumored 65nm build, you are most likely not to get it from them. They tend to ship old stock first, maybe thats why they further discounted it
 Still, there is that ugly chance you might get the old one.
they drop ship from M$. Chances of getting HDMI port is HIGH!!!
65nm nobody knows.
and some moron disagreed, well give them a call yourself 1 (800) 201-7575
amazon is getting some money that really smart
Great deal, but if you wait a few months you can get a 360 that probably won't have a 3RROD problem and will have HDMI for $350 instead of getting one now for $330 that'll turn into a hardware failure nightmare.
wow! a $20 dollar difference.
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