I have a chance to buy a 50 TV for 200 bucks

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My niece says a friend needs the money. My Google searches didn't turn up anything that seemed reliable.
How do you find out if the TV is legit?
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On 06/16/2011 07:27 PM, Metspitzer wrote:

if it's not HD, it's not worth $200 anymore. I just gave away a 53" projector. Didn't want to move the silly heavy thing again. Can buy a brand new TV that kicks its ass for $500 or less. Can buy something really nice for under $1K. Old TVs just ain't worth it anymore.
I did keep the DTV converter box though just in case I need it someday. (friend that took TV has cable but no antenna)
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re: "Old TVs just ain't worth it anymore"
I don't know...
The $15 garage sale 19" "almost-had-tubes" model that I had in my basement died after many years of faithful service.
I looked on Craigs list and found a 21" flat screen Sony for $40 dollars. I planned to offer the guy $30, but when I went over to look at it, I found a young-20's couple sitting on the floor of their apartment making up the name cards for their upcoming wedding. They certainly didn't look rich, so I considered the extra 10 bucks to be a wedding gift and gave him the full $40.
I figured any guy that was stuck tying ribbons around little packages of almonds on a Satruday afternoon deserved the cash.
Anyway, the "old TV" is in great shape and well worth the $40, at least to me.
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On 6/17/2011 2:08 PM, DerbyDad03 wrote: (snip)

I hear ya on that. TV I am listening to (and maybe glancing at once in a while) right now is a 27" glass Sony I bought for $100 bucks a couple of years ago, off CL. I'm too cheap to go HD till all my glass TVs die, and as well as the Sonys are holding up, that may be awhile.
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I've currently got a 42" HD, a 19" glass, a 21" glass, four 13" glass, and 2 computers with TV cards in them.
There's a 13" in the garage and in my workshop.
Only rooms without a TV are the bathrooms and the kitchen.
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On 6/17/2011 9:16 PM, DerbyDad03 wrote:

Similar situation here- 1 27" tv in this living room, a 27" and a 19" in the other one (19 hooked to converter box and tripod-mounted antenna, for when satt dish is acting up), 1 14" in kitchen, 1 trashpicked 13" in each of 3 bedrooms (seldom used), and a junk 13?" one in basement in case I ever get off my ass and sort out the mess down there and set up a workbench. 8 altogether?
But at least I have the excuse that I live alone.
Oops- forgot the little 8-inch HD flatscreen I bought for road trips to relatives who are too snooty to watch TV, so I can at least watch the late news after they go to bed. (They don't like microwaves either, so if I want a cup of tea, I have to fire up the damn stove. Told them I'm gonna bolt a locked steel box to the wall of their storage room in basement, and fill it with the stuff I need when I visit....)
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Gosh, I feel inadequate with five sets. Family room, office, bedroom, sewing room, grandson's bedroom. 3 flat, 47, 32, 32 2 glass, 19, 19
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"Glass" could mean "plasma" and CRT is less letters!?
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FEWER letters. FEWER for count nouns, ex: letters; LESS for non-count nouns, ex:sugar.
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wrote:

Ain't that the truth. You gotta hold the shift key two for CRT, knot for glass
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On 06/17/2011 02:08 PM, DerbyDad03 wrote:

anything that has a CRT is old tech at this point. A brand new TV, at least 720p, comparable to the 21" you bought used, can be found for around $100 if you wait for a sale. (a good one that can also be used as a computer monitor - I have a 25" one - which is probably roughly equivalent, because it's 16:9 not 4:3 - and mine cost me under $300 w/ shipping from Newegg)
I'm a cheap bastard, and HATE buying new stuff, but since the introduction of HD broadcast DTV I gladly gave away all my old TVs. I was a late adopter but once I fired up my first HDTV there was no going back. (now my roommate is giving me crap because I haven't bought a big screen to replace the projector yet, but I figure it'd probably be a good idea to wait until the house sells and I have disposable income again... just sayin')
Plus, the new ones are much smaller and lighter than an old CRT... MUCH...
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Why do I care how much my TV weighs? I had no problem loading my $40 TV in and out of my car and putting it where I wanted it. Until I decide to move it, and I can't see that happening anytime soon, the extra weight means nothing.
If I was carrying this TV in and out of the house (like when I take my garage 13" into the backyard) then size and weight would be a factor. For a stationary TV it's a non-issue.
The $40 TV was for the basement and will never be used as a monitor, so that feature doesn't enter into this discussion.
This TV is attached to basic cable. If the picture quality of a 720p TV on basic cable is anything like my HD TV on non-HD stations, I'll stick with a CRT. The shows I like to watch aren't on HD-DTV, so that's no help.
The key factor here is that all of my CRT TV's are for "distraction" while working in the garage, doing laundry, getting dressed for work, etc. and for watching things like sports without being limited to one room. For dedicated "I'm going to sit down and watch TV" viewing, I have my HD-TV in the living room.
I can't justify $100 for that type of use when $40 TV's are readily available.
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On Sat, 18 Jun 2011 05:50:29 -0700 (PDT), DerbyDad03

Greater weight is an advantage. It holds your table, floor, and house in place.

I only look at the screen enought to keep track of who's who. I'm either on the computer and the tv is to my left, I'm working at my bench and have to look up, or I'm eating and reading the newspaper and have to look up. If it's Law & Order or Monk or Highway Patrol, I pay attention. They have a lot of plot.

I haven't gotten past yard sales and trash tv's yet. But they outlawed throwing tv's in the trash, so I may have to go as high as $40, myself, after my current and spare tv's break.
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On 6/18/2011 4:19 PM, mm wrote:

Other than perhaps the program choices, get outa my head. I could have written the above.
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Metspitzer wrote:

Each week I see at least one 50", or thereabouts, TV for FREE on Craigslist.
That said, projection TVs are a HUGE piece of furniture and you need a large room to make them viable. Watching a projection TV in an ordinary room (say 12x12') looks awful.
For ordinary TVs, you should sit 3 to 6 times the screen size away from the box. For a 50" TV, you should sit no closer than 150" away (twelve feet). Is your room that big?
Check here for more specs: (Amazon.com product link shortened)00021501
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What if you put your tv in your neighbor's house, facing the window, and he did the same with you.
Then you woudln't need a big room.

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I think the rules have changed a bit for flat screens. There is a limit as to how much the eye can see so getting two feet from a big screen is silly, but you can still see it clearly. The old CRT with 525 lines could not be viewed close because all you'd see are the lines. HD cured that.
I also read that once you decide what size TV you want, buy the next size bigger. Most buyers thought they should have done that after getting their TV home. I agree and did that. I was set on a 42", but my wife like the 47" better. I'm glad we did go bigger.
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On 6/16/2011 6:27 PM, Metspitzer wrote:

Run it by the local police station before you pay him.
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How about typing the make and mode into google. Then you'll know what it is. If it's an old projection TV, then maybe it's worth that if it's HD and in still in good shape. If it's a plasma or LCD, then it must be hot.
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