Posts filed under “Television”

Screwed Inconvenienced By Best Buy!

Having just moved this past spring, I have been postponing replacing the giant 36" Sony (way heavy) XBR tube with a lighter, thinner flat panel display — until all the contractors and painters were done.

Panasonicth50pz77u_2Well, they are finally out of the house, so I started looking in earnest for a big HDTV.

Mrs. Big Picture won’t let me pull the trigger on the Pioneer Elite screen I desire; "Its a tee-vee, for cying out loud," she protests. Unlike me, she is far too reasonable to spend that much money on a piece of glass. I, being unreasonable, already have a standing order for the new M3. She has no idea — but now I know she doesn’t read the blog as much as she claims to.

But I digress.

So I had to narrow it down to something quote "more reasonable" unquote than the Pioneer. I’ve been leaning towards plasma (not rear projection or LCD), and preferably 1080 (not 720).

Then this weekend, an effective resolution of the price/quality balance popped up: The front page of the Best Buy (BBY) circular showed the Panasonic 50" TH-50PZ77U at $1799.*  Its a good name brand (Panasonic), its true HD, 1080 dpi, and it has garnered good reviews. Lets just get it over with and go and buy the damn thing, (I’ll get the Pioneer Elite as soon as someone offers me 7 figures for the blog).

An ideal compromise.

Or so I thought.

We get to the store, and — Damn! – this this sign greets us on the front door of the Best Buy:

"On the front cover of the 9/23 Best Buy ad insert, we mistakenly priced the 50" Panasonic TH-50PZ77U (8501711) at $1799, before $90 savings. We intended to advertise the 42" Panasonic TH-42PZ77U (8501757) at $1799, before $90 savings. Best Buy will not be honoring this price on the 50" Panasonic TH-50PZ77U (8501711).

Best Buy apologizes for any inconvenience and will offer a $100 Instant Rebate on all Plasma Televisions this week. This Instant Rebate will be reflected in online and in-store prices, and will be reduced from regular sale prices."

How much is the actual price of the Panasonic 50" TH-50PZ77U st Best Buy?  Oh, about $1,100 more than the advertised price — $2899!  THAT’S $100 OVER MFR LIST!

If a company like Best Buy is not going to honor even their own
advertised prices, why should anyone expect them to honor the so-called
price matching policies?


Gee, I don’t think I’ll be shopping in Best Buy very much in the future . . .

As to the Plasmas, any one have any specific ideas or suggestions?

I am thinking about getting the 42" TH-42PZ77U and eventually moving it into the master bedroom when the Pioneer finally shows up . . .

What say ye?



*Do not confuse the PX77 with the PZ77. Here’s where things get obnoxious in electronics land: Sets with nearly identical model numbers are very dissimilar. The TH-50PX77U is one letter off from the TH-50PZ77U — but its 720 dpi, not 1080.

Category: Retail, Technology, Television

Who Is The Anonymous Donor?

After an exhausting 3 day road trip away, the first thing I like do on my first night back is kick back and relax.

Depending on the time of year, that could mean any number of things. Could be a cigar, a walk by the beach, or a glass of port.

Tonite, it meant pouring a glass of Shiraz,  firing up the TiVo, and watching Curb Your Enthusiasm. Absolutely laugh out loud  hysterical — and that was before I drank the wine. You can really recognize LD’s stylistic fingerprints all over Seinfeld in the plot of this Curb.

I’ve seen them all, but I may have to go grab a few box sets of this; it will make for good airplane viewing . . .


Too, too funny . . .

Category: Digital Media, Television, Video

The Widening Gap Between the Rich and the Super-Rich

Category: Psychology, Taxes and Policy, Television

Bolling on Bolling (the Admiral)

Category: Financial Press, Television

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Category: Digital Media, Television

Eric Bolling Bolts CNBC’s Fast Money for Fox?

Category: Financial Press, Television

ISI’s Ed Hyman: Slowing, but “No Recession” Forecast

Category: Economy, Financial Press, Television

Booyah Slide and Sentiment

Category: Financial Press, Psychology, Television

Tivo HD = $400

Category: Digital Media, Film, Television

Battle at Kruger: Lions, Buffalo, Crocodile

Category: Digital Media, Science, Television