I’m not sure the what the customer will pay argument is valid here. After all I could refuse to buy a 360 because the games are $60 instead of $50. Any why am I told that they cost $60? Higher manufacturing costs and inflation. So it’s ok to raise the price because of manufacturing costs but it’s not ok to drop the price because of reduced distribution costs? I can understand the EB and Best Buy are evil argument, and customers don’t know better argument.
Ubiquitous broadband is probably the answer we’re still waiting for. But the companies most likely to be able to stick it to Walmart and not lose all their business also sell hardware and peripherals. So I’m going to take a hit there in the short term when the BMs refuse to stock because they’re not quite ready for obsolecence in the software market.