Can anyone tell me why projector bulbs cost hundreds of pounds? Is it similar to the print cartridge market where each model has a unique design forcing the consumer to buy replacements from the manufacturer only? Is the idea to maximise the profit from consumables? It would seem relatively straight forward to have a generic bulb for similar spec projectors and that would surely push prices down dramatically to something reasonable, below £50. If the manufacturers are already buying their LCD panels from the same source (ie usually Epson) then why not also have standard bulbs too? I'm sure if the bulbs were more reasonably priced then the potential market for budget models would expand exponentially and certainly those companies that don't make tvs would see their profits rise significantly.