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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??