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I told Mary of my Sears experience on the phone tonight. "Back!" She shouted, "You must return!" she said, pushing me (figuratively) out the door. "Find someone else and get the price."

I did so. When I arrived at the electronics section the television was still there and still unmarked. I found someone in appliances (across the aisle) to help me. Within seconds he had raced through the Sears computer system to find the model  and the status and the price. He pointed out that the .97 at the end of the price indicates that it is a closeout item. The price was $219.97. And unfortunately there are no more in the warehouse and they can't order any more.

"So you can't sell me that one?" I asked, looking at the store model. He said sure. I asked him how long it had been out there. He said at least a year. I asked about a discount. He said he could only give me 10%. I said that doesn't seem like much for a model that has been  in use for at least a year. He agreed and asked if I had looked next door - Best Buy. Funny. I said yes, but I didn't remember seeing the 24" model there. Finally I left, to look at Best Buy, although I suspected what I would find, and that is what I found: the same model, new, selling for $300.

So there lies my quandary. I can get the used one for $200, no question,  but how long will it last? I feel that if they would give it to me for $150 I would take it right now, so that's going to be my next effort, probably tomorrow afternoon.


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 6th, 2006 01:55 pm (UTC)
Purchasing New TV
A TV that has been running every day for a year is not a good buy. I suggest you find a more reasonably priced Tv- and btw- go for Digital- we are running out of time to get compliant with the FCC regulations!
Jan. 6th, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Purchasing New TV
Digital is too expensive right now. I agree that the length of time that television has been on is LONG. It is a very good television, however, and Toshiba has a good rep for longevity. So if I got it at a good price it would be okay, I believe.

As for the digital changeover, it isn't mandated until 2009 and probably won't really be in effect until 2010. I calculated this into my considerations. At that time I can buy a converter or a new digital television. Considering what I spend on cable, the cost is actually ridiculously low to get this television at this time.
Jan. 6th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
I have a two-prong plan right now: go to Santa Maria to the Sears there, see if they have the same closeout model at the same price. If they do, buy it. If not, offer the SLO Sears $150.

If those plans fail I'll have to come up with somethign else.
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