@Adenji, I would opt for samsung because its the hot selling bran in India. Many people in India buy Samsung TV/Mobiles because the prices are very reasonable and company has good service model. Sony is priced bit costlier compared to samsung.
I do agree with the effect of a strong currency on high Sony prices. However, I also think that there is a marketing and sales strategy at play here.
For example, when one of the new Sony plasma TVs was rolled out in Europe, its price was somewhere in the region of about $2800. After only two months, the price went down to $1700. I am not sure if this dramatic price drop in such a short time was because of the independent distributor or Sony. However, I have seen similar price changes at different distributors on Sony products so I suspect this is a general sales strategy of Sony.
Such a price change in such a narrow time window surely cannot be solely attributed to the strangth of the currency, right?
The major reason why Sony products cost more than their Korean competition is because of the Strength of the Japanese Yen.
If Sony wants to compete on equal footing with the Koreans(and not to mention the chinese) they have to seriously consider shifting their manufacturing base to a region where the currency is much-much weaker than the Yen and stays that way.
Thailand,Phillipines,India and Malaysia come straight to mind.They are not only cheaper but also have very highly skilled workforces(which is increasingly going to become a very serious problem in Japan thanks to its rapidly aging population).
I am a big fan of Sony for the quality of its products and its originality and creativity. However, I do feel that it costs too much compared to Samsung and LG. I also feel that when Sony releases a new product, it costs way above its fair price mark. If the buyer waits for 1-2 months to buy a new Sony product, the price will be 75% or less than the original.
Samsung has been doing a very good job. Recently, I bought an LED monitor from Samsung and it is absolutely fantastic. I never regretted not choosing a Sony. I must add when I had the first Samsung monitor tested at the shop, a few dead pixels were detected. However, I had an instant replacement for it. Therefore, Samsung is worth a try for people who want good quality at a fair price but be sure to get the product tested before you buy; especially with plasma and LED screens.
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