More on buying "Off Brand" products
Yes...sometimes it can be risky purchasing a major appliance at Costco. Or so I used to think. I spent $1,700 in 1998 on a Mitsubishi 36'. It was supposed to be the best think out there. Tweeter told me that when the time came, it would play HD. I spent another $300 on the warranty. After three years, the color is shot. I get it fixed. Works for a week and breaks down again. I am about to get it fixed again, when I happen to take a good look in back. S-Video was the best input it had. This TV wasn't going HD. So I throw it out & spend $1800 on a 36" Toshiba. Definitely better than the Mits. Was LCD. Unfortunately, it wasn't widescreen. It started eating away at me. Now to tie it in...I always was the person who said, "Don't buy electronics at Costco. They're 2nd rate." (And in the beginning, this was kind of true. I would always look in the back and their TVs would have only 1 HD input or no true HD inputs) Anyway, my desire for widescreen became close to an addiction. One day, I walk into Costco, and on a whim, grab the 50" Plasma. I don't even know what model. Doesn't say on my remote or the TV. When I hooked it up to DirecTV and my considerable home theater system, I was amazed. I got a 50" Plasma for $1200. That is the best deal, EVER. It was just as good as any other brand and with the features I got, half the price. Now, if only I didn't spill beer on the remote because I'm having a tough time locating a place in the New Haven, CT area that sells them!
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