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For Sale: One HD DVD corpse

February 17, 2008 at 1:51 pm by thetheorist

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Blu-ray wins the format war.

Editor’s note: For Sale is a regular feature highlighting what the auction traffic is like on eBay in relation to particular events.

This decade’s format war has concluded, with Wal-Mart and Netflix firing the last shots into a staggering HD DVD. Reuters (based on a Japanese news source) has reported that Toshiba will drop support for its hidef discs.

The company source told Reuters that Toshiba was in the final stages of planning to exit the HD DVD business and that an official decision would be made soon.

So, if you’re looking for a dirt cheap HD DVD to stick next to your Betamax (for nostalgia’s sake), they should drop down to pennies per player on eBay soon. I’ll be curious to see if people flood eBay with HD DVD listings to try and recoup the cost of their players and movies before the non-gadget oriented learn the format is dead. The current stats on eBay are:

HD-DVD listings (players and movies)

    9,227 active listings
    21,009 completed listings – sold and unsold

Blu-Ray listings (players and movies)

    8,045 active listings
    22,578 completed listings – sold and unsold

As always, any links to eBay items will eventually die when eBay removes them from its servers. Any statistics may change within just a couple of hours.

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