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Prices fall again- more tv price free fall.

The standard TV set is contining the price slide  into being an appliance like the corded phone.

The new trend is for a personalized viewing experience  - MOBILE – versus static in viewing experience.

However, in Appsnewbie’s humble  opinion- it is going to take about a decade for the shift to be quasi complete.

There are other aspects to consider as well.

The matures in our little group will remember when a huge,  carved, ornate

French Provincial TV cabinet to house that 19′  tv screen was a real status symbol.

Something to which to aspire- and a symbol of  success.

Like showing off your new Maytag Washer.

Or the Amana Radar Range -a counter top microwave Goliath that cost a princely $500.

With these – you were living the dream…

My darling 90 year old Uncle had me trotting all  over town to try to find a  ”good looking tv set ” when his first generation color set  gave up the ghost.

Uncle had begged the local radio and  TV repair shop to see if they could breathe life in to his Lazarus; the tv repairman, who had known my Uncle for more than 20 years, sighed, ” I would just be stealing your money- plus I am not sure I can even gets parts  anymore.Go modern- get a new one. “ Uncle said- ‘But the new ones are  ugly. I want a nice looking  piece of furniture.”

MUCH easier said than done; after MANY calls,  and my hoofing with Uncle it to  all the retailers  in town, I went to Best Buy in Minneapolis Minnesota,, and the finest, go beyond the line of duty ,  most patient salesman in the world,  searched until he in a Best Buy warehouse, in another  state, a FINAL CLOSEOUT- GOODBYE FOREVER   color 24 inch set with a French Provincial cabinet.

Uncle was thrilled beyond measure and I will NEVER forget the great customer service I  received from Best Buy- and CONTINUE to receive .NO, Best Buy has never given me a red cent;  they do NOT pay me- it just is my opinion.

But I digress.

Technology will have to continue to accommodate the viewing habits of the MILLIONS of people who are 55 plus in years

heavy TV watcher-  who do not have the inclination- money motivation OR TADAH -

the PHYSICAL and VISUAL skills to read a 4 inch screen.

Hey – – Hey  make those fonts BIGGER I say unto you..

Sort of a knockoff Jitterbug phone.- with 5 GS -now if you can just figure out how to monetize after you sell the instrument

BOTTOM LINES: How do you get the matures to buy your   stuff if they can’t read read the darn mobile ads ??


Poor NEWBIE – I’ve got to stop obsessing over the free FALLING flatscreen TV prices.
it never ceases to amaze me that technology has such steep peaks and LOW valleys.
Famiiy anecdote; my cousin bought one of the very first VCRs- here it is:

Late-1970s Panasonic NV-9300 U-Matic VCR 3/4″ Tape
Size: 27″ Long x 9″ high x 20″ deep
Weight: “A Ton”
Cost New: $5,000
My cousin had “connections ” and got a VCR  for about $2500; a very princely sum for “entertainment “‘ at the time. Still is a substantial investment. Of course, you almost needed to be an MIT graduate to make the %$##?** thing work, he said.
His wife was scared of it, so she never could figure out how to record anything, however, she finally managed to learn howto play tapes. God forbid she would break it. They had called the “help line” and “home troubleshooter” 50 times.The  real truth  was that the VCR was too complicated for them – and 80% of the American public.
A decade later, when they were redecorating, my cousin  offered the prized VCR to his secretary for $100.00
She said she would ‘think” about it- and speak to her husband.

 A week later she was still thinking, and did not mention the VCR. My cousin said what about $50.00 as a price. Another  week later- no mention of the reduced price  $ 50 .00VCR- by the by -the VCR did have a very lovely buffet type mahogany cabinet. Part of my cousin’s sales pitch.(Also weighed an additional ton).

No mention again – so my cousin offered- ” How about if I just GIVE you this lovely cabinet VCR for free? You and your husband can just pick it up at my house .” Such a deal.

 Again, she would speak to her husband about picking it up.No mention again a few days later ( my cousin is now desperate- as  the Goodwill Thrift shop, the Salvation Army and Disabled American vets used furniture have all turned him down)-so my cousin called his secretary in the evening and said “How about if I just bring the VCR over I will deliver it and set it up for you? It’s absolutely beautiful.”
She hemmed and hawed- and said – ” Um- ah- well -I really don’t think so- it will not fit my decor”
: I”m not taking that cumbersome -outmoded dog for all the tea in China

Is this the flatscreen fate? When we all make like Dick Tracy, and have wrist attached TV/iphone/FAX/COPY “thingies”?
Anyway- till then-
OMG-BRANDSMART USA has a 60 ” MITSUBISHI 3D 1080 DLPHDTV for $798 - I can hardly belive it.
When the price freefall stop?? I am looking for some more January sales.
Oh MITSUBISHI Where is my crystal tv ball??

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