Searched available groups but none seem to have a subject pertaining to
my question. So here goes in this group where people have been well
versed over the years.
I'm searching for what I call a bedroom TV. Not too big, not too small.
An LCD between 24" and 32" perhaps. Trouble is I'm looking for a
specific feature. An on/off timer. Sometimes called an alarm timer.
Unlike regular sleep timers these turn on the set. Makes a nice
alternative to alarm clocks.
Going to both Walmart and Best Buy I discovered they don't have any
remotes available. The data cards don't mention it nor do the shipping
boxes. So no way to check the on screen menus.
Perhaps someone here is in retail electronics? Or maybe someone has
purchased a new set fairly recently? If so I would really appreciate
knowing available makes/models to look for.
I've never had a TV which didn't have a timer. The two most recent LCD TVs I
currently bought also have timers. When visiting the electronics/TV
retailer, play with the features on the displayed TVs and/or search the menu
option. I'm willing to bet you'll find a timer.
Just returned from PC Richards, a local electronics retailer, and did
just that. Once again the salesman started by saying they all have it.
Took three reminders that I specified a on/off timer not the sleep timer
he was thinking of.
Did find a couple Samsung models to compare against. So the trip wasn't
a total waste.
I have a 20 year old tv that has that feature. I would think it would
be even more common now.
Some stores used to have the manuals themselves under the tv. Less
likely to be stolen than a remote.
But go to a better store. A family owned tv and appliance store, and
ask there. I'm told their prices are often no higher anyhow, and you
get better service.
Do the tv's really not have a menu button ON the tv?
Some features are so small or common they're not mentioned, but the
features also might not be there.
Get the manual online.
Unfortunately big box has everyone trained to think they are experts.
There is a large family owned appliance/electronics store nearby and
both the owners son and one of the employees are really knowledgeable.
And unlike the big box place where they bring the sales people into the
back room each morning and tell them what items they should push to get
a $3 commission they give you honest and helpful answers because they
are there for the long stretch. And as you noted the prices are
competitive because they belong to a buying co-op.
Or not. Two young relatives of mine and at least two more children of
friends all reported the same thing when they worked there after college
until they got real jobs. They pump them up at the beginning of the
shift by telling them what particular items have spiffs and how much it was.
If you know better why did you challenge me?
DerbyDad03 (aka putz) here...
I don't know where you live (actually, I don't really care) but we've
got more than one "mom and pop" (aka independent) electronics/
appliance stores in my area, surviving rather well. One store recently
opened 2nd location, and quite near a Best Buy.
Every time I drive by, there are cars in parking lot and quite often
people are loading items into their vehicles. Competition appears to
be alive and well in my part of the country.
(I can't wait to hear what you'll say about that simple fact.)
On Thu, 3 Jun 2010 21:06:04 -0700 (PDT), DerbyDad03
Mom & Pop stores still thrive in areas with a little affluence and
discriminating, well educated populations that know the difference
between them and the big chains. The only places they can't compete is
where the population is only interested in the lowest price. I've
found that local Mom & Pop operations tend to know their products,
give superior service, and are usually able to come very close on
I have a 16:9 32" HDTV in my bedroom and it consumes the entire top of my
vertical dresser. My 24" LG LCD PC monitor is also around 16:9 aspect but
is much smaller than the 32" mainly because of the obvious difference in
the size of the LCD panel but also because the 24" monitor has no speakers
on the sides.
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