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March Madness: Sanyo PLV-Z3000 Scores with Another Rebate

Greetings!  (this has been updated on 3/10/09)

While it’s most difficult for me to keep track of selling prices of dozens of home theater projectors, every once in a while something price related comes to my attention that’s worth reporting (I previously noted Epson’s increased rebate on the Home Cinema 6500UB).

For the next three weeks, Sanyo’s competition may well be crying foul.

I can’t say that Sanyo just scored with a slam-dunk, but let’s say that they just tilted the playing field in their favor, at least through the end of March.

Sanyo announced today, a new rebate program!  There are now a total of $400 in rebates on the PLV-Z3000. As many of you know, many home theater projector manufacturers just love rebates (that’s because you guys like saving money, so it gets your attention).

Up until now, The Sanyo PLV-Z3000 has been the least expensive of what I call the ultra high contrast projectors.  With a long running $200 rebate, the PLV-Z3000 has been selling in the low $2000 range, typically about $300 less than the Panasonic PT-AE3000, and also (thanks to Epson’s recent, rebate increase), the Home Cinema 6500UB.

Update:  Well, Sanyo changed the play!  Below I tell of two separate $200 rebates for the $400 total.  Sanyo just emailed to say, “nevermind” we’ve cancelled the old $200, and just replaced it with a single $400 rebate thru March month end.  I guess my March Madness title proves itself valid.

What Sanyo has just done is added a second mail-in rebate.  This rebate, however, ends on March 31st, while the first one continues at least into April.

This new second rebate is $200, so the PLV-Z3000 now has 2 $200 rebates.  They tell me it’s simpler (and probably legally smarter) to do it this way, than to cancel the existing $200 rebate, and replace it with a $400 rebate.

The bottom line, though, is that the PLV-Z3000 is now, with the two rebates, going to have a street price about $400 – $500 lower than their primary competition, the Epson Home Cinema 6500UB, and the Panasonic PT-AE3000.  That makes it about 20% less than the closest competition.

Also worth noting, the combined rebates bring the price of the PLV-Z3000 within $200 of Epson’s lower priced Home Cinema 6100, which, while significantly brighter, is no match for the Z3000 in black levels.

The Sanyo PLV-Z3000 may or may not be the best projector for your setup, but, if it’s already on your short list, I think this new rebate will add to Sanyo’s score.

OK, those of you sitting on the sidelines, this may be your best chance to get into the game with a projector with great black level performance, for a rock bottom price.

And you never know, that extra $200 savings may score points with the wife!

So, you’ve been warned, Sanyo’s March Madness ends at the end of March (unlike the basketball playoffs).  You’ve got 21 days left before all the time runs off the clock.

Be the ball!  -art

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