Monday, February 23, 2009

HDTV What The..?

Boy, I hope I don't have a need to buy a new television set any time soon.

But then again, you can't really buy a "television set" any more, can you?

I would have to buy an HDTV. You know, one of those high-definition flat screen thingies.

Sigh.

I see that Best Buy has a 26" "INSIGNIA" brand on sale for $400. 720p with a built-in DVD player. I guess that wouldn't be too bad, though it is about 3x what I paid for my last TV fifteen years ago.

Maybe I need one of those monster wall-mounted units. That's where the big money goes to die.

Forget about the $1,500 - $4,000 price tag for the HDTV unit. The real money is in the accessories!

The graphic here is a scan from this weekend's big-box retailer ad.

Yes, they are telling me that I am getting SUCH A DEAL by paying "only" $90 for a single four foot long cable!

And guess what? I can buy a sexed-up extension cord for "only" an additional $80!

And even more guess what! Yes, I can mount my TV to the wall for "only" an additional $200!

$370 on stuff that should come with the set?!?!? Stuff that allows you to plug it in and keep it from falling over?!?!?

Forget it!

I've owned cars that cost less than this!

Start the digital revolution without me, gang...

19 Comments:

Blogger citizen of the world said...

I got a really nice Magnavox flat TV a couple of years ago for no where near that much money. No special cords. I think it is HDTV compatible, or something like that, but it works perfectly well as it is. Oh, and the only problem with those combo TV/DVD players is that the DVD player often breaks long before you're ready to let the TV go.

February 23, 2009 7:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

but they look SOOOO GOOOOG!!!!

February 23, 2009 5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I meant "GOOOOD"

February 23, 2009 5:45 PM  
Blogger Merelyme said...

Yeah I know...me too. They always get you to buy something new and improved. How much more can a television set be improved? Is it worth all the cost?

Good to see you...just trying to catch up here with my favorite bloggers.

February 24, 2009 12:01 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

Gah! That's a lot of money.

February 28, 2009 5:07 PM  
Blogger whimsical brainpan said...

I'm with you. You pay that kind of money for something then it damn well better have all the accessories to go with it.

February 28, 2009 5:09 PM  
Blogger Allan said...

Don't EVER buy a "built-in" DVD/CD/VCR whatever, not very reliable, as a rule.

Who needs HDTV to watch VCR copies of (mostly) classic old cartoons anyway? Man, those "Jolly Roger" tapes look best on crappy TVs!
Keep some rabbit ears around for aesthetics, if nothing else.

March 03, 2009 10:36 AM  
Blogger Craig D said...

While I am not really considering the purchase of a combo DVD/HDTV unit, I might just pony up the dough for DVD/VCR combo. Only because it is nigh un-possible to buy a new stand-alone VHS deck anymore.

I will go out on a limb here and predict that my few, precious readers will desert this 'chere blog once I publish my next post.

I apologize in advance and thank you all for having come 'round these parts for the last couple of years.

Your comments and encouragement have meant a lot to me and have always been greatly appreciated on this end.

And speaking of "the end..."

March 07, 2009 9:19 PM  
Blogger more cowbell said...

yeah, it basically pisses me off that they upgrade technology so friggin fast in order to make you discard your still perfectly good previous version, and buy the new version. No wonder we're such a throw away society.

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