According to a CNNMoney report published yesterday, consumer electronics juggernaut Sony
As we noted back in January, one key advantage that Sony has lacked in the past, and one that competitors such as Matsushita
By bringing panel production essentially in-house, Sony expects to be able to reduce the cost of its LCD televisions. And by gaining an edge on pricing, the company aims to snag 30% of the Japanese market for large-screen LCD TVs (up from its current 20%).
Unlikely. Because cutting prices in order to increase market share isn't exactly an original idea. As a matter of fact, it isn't even an original idea for this month. Just last week, archrival Sharp announced that it, too, has begun marketing a new line of Sharp "Aquos" brand LCD TVs, and these sets, too, come with price cuts. Sharp intends its new and improved line of LCD TVs to retail at suggested prices as much as 26% lower than its previous models. Meaning that Sony's savings will have to be significant indeed if it's to cut prices and gain market share and boost profitability -- all at the same time.
Once again, it looks to be consumers who will be the real beneficiaries of the Japanese TV price wars. For as the Wall Street Journal reported last week when describing Sharp's plans, as much as Sharp (and now Sony) intend to cut their recommended prices, big-box electronics retailers such as Circuit City
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