Anyway; what does my wanting a console or not from the beginning have to do with anything? The price is what kept me from making a purchase and I'm arguing that the price is an important factor in the purchase of a console. A mainstream customer who hasn't been paying attention, watching E3 feeds, reading hundreds of articles and spent the better part of his life gaming is even less likely than me to purchase an expensive product.
Edit; axt113, the above goes for you as well, what does my wanting a console or not from the start have to do with the point of price being a big factor? Like I said, a mainstream customer is a lot less likely to shell out for a costly console than me, making the point more than valid I should think.
Price does matter as to when somebody decides is the right time to buy a system but in the end in lifetime sales it would have sold the same no matter when price cuts happen. If the Wii started out at $600 I wouldn't have bought it until it went down to probably $300 but either way I bought it because of its games not because of the price. If PS3 launched at $250 would it have sold better than it did at launch? Yes but its lifetime sales would end up the same. Remember when PS3 got a Price Cut to $300 and it got a big sales boost? That sales boost wouldn't have existed if it had launched at $250. Price Cuts sell systems in short-term but in lifetime sales it doesn't make a difference.