Toshiba's HD A-2 sales have been on the rise lately. Sales of the Toshiba HD-A3, the successor to the HD-A2, appeare to be equally brisk, with many retailers selling out of their stocks quickly after the older model became hard to find. At many locations, the newer player was selling for $199 - $100 off its original retail price.
Sales of the HD-A2 alone over the past few days are nearly equivalent to total sales of the top Blu-ray player, Sony's BDP-S300, which has shipped 100,000 units since its introduction over the summer.
BetaNews has a request in with Toshiba for full sales numbers, but the company thus far has not provided specific figures.
Over the weekend, BetaNews talked to several new-to-HD disc consumers and there was almost a universal reaction that price was the primary factor behind the purchases. Buying an HD DVD player, however, did not necessarily mean the door was shut to Blu-ray.