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Jun. 3rd, 2009 | 11:08 am
posted by: little_octagon in luxury_issues

Instead of buying a converter box for our old television, dear hubby and I decided to purchase a modest, brand-spanking-new HDTV. The decision to *gasp - Maude forbid!* buy something for ourselves that hasn't been owned by at least one other person is largely motivated by our retirement fund statements. Our "joke" has been, what else are we gonna spend the money on, an IRA?

Ha, ha, ha.

Another reason is that parenthood and frugal living have both put a serious cramp in our movie-going. We don't watch much network TV, but we do rent/borrow a lot of DVDs. Why not invest in something that's a little more something-something, if we're going to get mileage out of it? Plus, we get to stimulate the economy on the watch of our current Prez. (Not that a 23 inch flat-panel TV is going to bail much more than a thimbleful of water from the Titanic, but still.)

So I'm on the Internets, looking for a new TV in our price range. Looking and looking. I feel like I'm running in circles, but I don't understand why. Then I realize: I'm not used to actually SPENDING MONEY on something new! I fear I've forgotten how to shop retail!

Well, anyway, I hope I remember soon. That deadline's coming up in a few weeks, and I do NOT want to be on summer break without my kid's co-parent (aka PBS).
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mr. tibbs

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from: zombiekiller13
date: Jun. 4th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
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We hit Costco for our HDTV. It was a Vizio, and was pretty decent, especially for the price (which I forget...it wasn't $2000+, but it was slightly above $1000).

Thing is, it didn't play well with our satellite receiver. Most channels were displayed looking a little compressed; you could see pixelization (sp?). And, it displayed the Wii a little fuzzy, as well as flat-out would not display some of my PS2 games properly.

So, we took it back and are sticking with our faux-flat screen SDTV for now.

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Jackie Wones

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from: little_octagon
date: Jun. 4th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
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Well, whatever HDTV we end up getting, is getting bolted to the wall. I will LOSE MY SHIT freaky-style if Ellie pushes it over.

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mr. tibbs

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from: zombiekiller13
date: Jun. 4th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
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Oh, yeah. That's the problem with newer TVs...they come with itty-bitty bases. And if you want to mount it to the wall, you'll end up paying a heck of a lot for a secure, safe mount...and then you have to hire someone to hang it, because if you forget one screw or don't attach it to a stud, it'll drop.

The one we bought had this heavy-duty cable that you could attach to the wall...but it still didn't seem safe. So they can't pull it down, but they can push it backwards or pull it from the base at the bottom.

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Jackie Wones

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from: little_octagon
date: Jun. 4th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
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Nah, we won't have to hire anyone to hang it. Dear hubby is a crackerjack handyman.

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mr. tibbs

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from: zombiekiller13
date: Jun. 4th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
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I am too...but after hearing about the horror stories on the radio, I'm thinking of at least getting my dad (a carpenter) to help me out once we break down and get one.

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