By WR Jones
I expect most of you ladies will know this box is not a symbol for saving. We once took our daughter to New York for Christmas so she could shop at Tiffany’s and Saks. Luckily she found H&M filled with young ladies of her age. It seems many New Yorkers are not in to pissing away their money on little blue boxes or overpriced threads.
Our TV went black this weekend. I fixed it once in the past and it was such a hassle getting the part and installing it I vowed to never do it again. I called a TV repairman; he quoted me $300 to $600 – if it was the simple problem, the other problem – sky is the limit. I decided to buy another TV. He called again to see if I would give him the TV so I wouldn’t have to pay to have it hauled away. Very considerate of him, don’t you think?
Yesterday I looked at TVs in Best Buy and Costco. What a bewildering process. TV after TV, side by side, all looking pretty much the same but at way different prices. It is so easy to get sucked into the notion that more expensive is better. It probably is, in some technical manner, but can you tell. Even side by side with the same size screens, can you tell the difference between a $1500 and $2500 unit? I can’t. I wandered in to the dark area with the even more expensive TV’s. Again I could not see any noticeable difference. However, I kept feeling that tug – more money is better – I should spend it.
Now there is a new improvement with 120Hz LCD. This is supposed to make fast action less blurry. I don’t recall watching a program and thinking anything about blur. Damn, that clubhead was a blur, I’ve got to get a better TV or I won’t get any enjoyment out of this golf channel. Guess what, it costs more.
At the end of the day I could not decide. There were too many choices for too much money and I was fighting the urge to spend more because it had to be “better”.
I went home to find the cable company truck driven by my wife’s cousin in our driveway. He replaced the cables from the converter box to the TV. Now it works again. Savings – $2000 to $4000.
Here is where the stores went wrong – too many choices. A study has shown too many choices between similar products can cause buying paralysis. There should be no more that 6 different selections.
Today I’m shopping for a new handgun with all my savings. I hope they don’t have too many to choose from.