Massage Chair Industry Update – 07/05/12

I have been slacking off a bit with posting my massage chair industry video updates. Here is the one I did on July 5, 2012. You know, I do these updates every two weeks and you can check them all out here on this playlist: I’ll post the 7/16/12 update first thing tomorrow morning.

Transcript of Video Titled ” Massage Chair Relief Industry Update – July 5, 2012”

Alan: Hi, this is Dr. Alan Weidner from ‘‘ and today we are doing our bi-weekly massage chair industry and Massage-Chair-Relief store update. We have a few things to mention today, by the way, happy July 4th . We have a few things to go over today, not too much.

[SCREEN TEXT: Inada Sogno in Stock]

Alan: Back order status, it looks as though the Inada Sogno chairs are all in stock.

[SCREEN TEXT: Taupe & Ivory Osaki 7000 – 5-6 Weeks Back-Ordered]

Alan: The Osaki OS-7000 is, according to my people at Osaki this morning, we’re still 5 to 6 weeks out. Now, we were 6 to 7 weeks out about 3 weeks ago, so I don’t know. It’s kind of weird, but it just seems to take, the estimates are not always that great for the Osaki back orders, but I’m told today, the ‘Taupe’ and ‘Ivory’ OS-7000s are back ordered until, for another 5 to 6 weeks.

[SCREEN TEXT: HT-3300 Discontinued]

Alan: Also, I found out this, just this week, when I had an order for one, but the HT-3300 by Human Touch has been discontinued, and there’s no more of the HT-3300. On our website, it’s still there, but we will be having that page redirected and removing that page from our website.

[SCREEN TEXT: HT-5040 Will Be Discontinued 07/15/2012 Only Existing Stock Available]

Alan: Also, I just found out yesterday from Human Touch that the HT-5040, in all colors, will be discontinued as of July 15th. Now, my people at Human Touch tell me that there’s stock still available for all the colors, and I believe the ‘Black’ will be available even in to September. But they will be not, they will not be importing any more of the HT-5040. So, if you want a 3300, too late, if you want a 5040, you still have some time, but your color selection will be limited as time passes. As the stock expires then there will be no more shipments coming in, so just so that you know, that is the deal.

[SCREEN TEXT: IT-8200 Up On Our Site]

Alan: Now, also, the IT-8200, we have put that on the website. I’ll be adding that data today, as far as the comparison chart goes, and as far as the write-up and the feature and function highlights of the chair, nice chair, it’s a Sogno look-alike. I have not sat in one yet. I believe we’re going to be having that chair, and the IT-9800 in our showroom towards the end of the summer, and I’ll be able to do some reviews on those and have a better sense of how those chairs function and how they feel. I have sat in the IT-9800, very nice chair, very relaxing chair, it’s got an inversion feature, where it reclines past horizontal. And I get asked that a quite a bit, ‘What’s the difference between zero-gravity and inversion?’

[SCREEN TEXT: Difference Between “Zero-Gravity and “Inversion”]

Alan: Zero-gravity is the seat tilting up at 30-degrees when you recline the chair, so it kind of puts the back and the seat in a ‘V’ shape, and that’s comfortable for the low back, especially for low back pain sufferers. Inversion just means that the chair back, when it reclines it goes past horizontal, and so you have, you’re a little bit inverted, a little bit upside down, that’s the difference between inversion and zero-gravity.

[SCREEN TEXT: Panasonic Improves Their Warranty to 3 Years Parts & Labor In-Home]

Alan: Also, the, well, and finally, the Panasonic warranty has recently been changed, and from the looks of it, I just received an email yesterday, or Tuesday, about this. And it sounds as through, the new warranty is going to be a 3-year, parts-and-labor, in-home warranty, with a option – or no, not with an option, but with a 5-year structure warranty – so in other words, an additional 2 years for structure. So, again, 3-years, parts-and-labor, in-home warranty for Panasonic, that’s what Inada has, and I suspect that Panasonic’s doing that in response to the Inada warranty, which is the best in the business. Panasonic used to have the standard warranty, which was a typical warranty that we saw, which is 1 year, parts and labor, in home, so kudos to Panasonic for getting that new warranty. All the chairs in Panasonic’s repertoire are being manufactured in China. There is some existing stock of the 30007 Panasonic chair that is still Japanese made, but as soon as that existing stock expires, then all the chairs, all the stock will be Chinese stock, Chinese-made stock.

[SCREEN TEXT: ‘888-259-5380’ or ‘801-651-2026’]

So, that’s it for today. Thank you so much for tuning in. If you have any questions, you can always reach me on my, on our toll-free number, 888-259-538-5380 or feel free to call me directly on my cell phone, which is 801-651-2026. And please visit our site for any information about the massage chairs that you have, for comparative reviews, for the latest updates on any of the chairs that we carry, and anything in the industry at ‘’ Thanks again for visiting us today. Have a great day. Bye bye.

Dr. Alan Weidner