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Hello world! Blog starts….now!! We have decided to add a blog to the website, to random thoughts and idea’s relative to our business…
Disposable, cheap, flat-panel TV the new rage. Are they a good deal? —-The prices of current model tv’s are always in flux, with most heading down. As new models are released , the older models features become less desirable and therefore, prices drop. Not always is price a good indicator of a “good deal” though…
TV’s in the world marketplace are rarely made up entirely of that single manufacturers parts. LCD panels, tuners and other major assemblies are often made by only a few manufacturers and sold to the others for use in their current model(s). Unless the manufacturer is consistent on parts used in that years entire production run(s), internal make-up of the product makes repair nearly impossible.
Most folks are very surpised to hear that “disposable”brands like Olevia, Visio, and Polaroid(among others) are often made from some other major manufacturer’s rejected/obsolete parts. That means the current production run can be made up of different parts than last run. What that means to the consumer is a) that model flat-panel is made up of parts not good enough for LG, Sony, Samsung, Sharp etc…and b) no repair facility can “fix” problems that occur after you buy it, because they won’t know what parts make up that specific tv.(nor will there be a repair guide! yikes!)
Buying a tv with no repairable parts or local repair facilities is not always the best call even if the price is considerably lower. Shipping cost’s on tv’s can eat up original savings in a hurry($80-150/each way/insured) …. (and dont even get me started about buying a TV over the intenet….trust me you get exactly what you pay for in most cases!!!) And ALWAYS save the box the tv came in. Replacement boxes can be obtained frome the manufacturer, but usually at a price($50-100), (and more shipping!!)
By the time you consider packaging/ shipping/ labor costs (+parts cost if not covered by warranty) / return shipping, the consumer was most often better served replacing the offending TV with another, and throwing out the old tv even if it was covered by parts warranty.
You might have been better off to purchase from a major manufacturer even though you might have paid a liitle more upfront….
Just my professional opinion.