stay the hell away from Sceptre/Wally Mart BF sales


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Flasherly

Least for a monitor/tv - notably SCEPTRE. Not just WallyMart but it's
a brand sold all over. Mine crapped out in the most proverbial sense
-- "to the day" [after] the warrantee expired.

Scepter F*ckers.

Went to BBuy and bought their house Insignia - paid extra for their
affiliations to a 5/yr. geeksquat warrantee. Supposedly a Sharp LED
teevee BB rebranded.

I was run that Scepter F*cker (entertainment center) pretty hard,
maybe equivalent to 4-5 days a week left on.

Btw - I have and own the oldest LCD flatpannel 32" known still to
exist in America. Exist in perfect working shape. It's like a 15yr
old Syntax 32". Back when a 32" TTL cost $800US, just in case you
were in someone's womb back then.

PS - (This Insignia doesn't receive antenna signals worth a good crap,
either. Maybe time to break down and do the ROKU two-step fling with
one of two of its itty-bitty ports.)
 
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GlowingBlueMist

Least for a monitor/tv - notably SCEPTRE. Not just WallyMart but it's
a brand sold all over. Mine crapped out in the most proverbial sense
-- "to the day" [after] the warrantee expired.

Scepter F*ckers.

Went to BBuy and bought their house Insignia - paid extra for their
affiliations to a 5/yr. geeksquat warrantee. Supposedly a Sharp LED
teevee BB rebranded.

I was run that Scepter F*cker (entertainment center) pretty hard,
maybe equivalent to 4-5 days a week left on.

Btw - I have and own the oldest LCD flatpannel 32" known still to
exist in America. Exist in perfect working shape. It's like a 15yr
old Syntax 32". Back when a 32" TTL cost $800US, just in case you
were in someone's womb back then.

PS - (This Insignia doesn't receive antenna signals worth a good crap,
either. Maybe time to break down and do the ROKU two-step fling with
one of two of its itty-bitty ports.)
If you paid for your monitor/tv using a credit card there is a chance
that it came with an extra year of warranty, supported by the credit
card company, not something the actual store would know about or support.

This is one reason I no longer purchase my electronics using cash or
checks. True not all cards offer the extended warranty but I do have
one that offers it as a benefit so I use it since they offer it for free.
 
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Flasherly

If you paid for your monitor/tv using a credit card there is a chance
that it came with an extra year of warranty, supported by the credit
card company, not something the actual store would know about or support.

This is one reason I no longer purchase my electronics using cash or
checks. True not all cards offer the extended warranty but I do have
one that offers it as a benefit so I use it since they offer it for free.
Thought crossed my mind and not sure if my plastic includes extra
coverage. I've never made such a claim or been through what banking
stipulations might apply. Not even sure if they would with the new
one, the $50 I paid for the 5-year BestBuy coverage, whether a credit
card would extend that out to 10 years. Cost me near a dollar a day
for that last one, though, whereas the new one can be projected for
ensured working order at a nearer twenty cents a day.

I just rationalized it off for the typical 'Quality Control to Screw
You,' as seems the case for profit margin incentives to Western
industrial brand-naming on Pacific Rim products of dubious origin.

As the BB rep. at the desk mentioned to me, 'The 5yr. plan gives me
the feel warm and fuzzy feeling.' As well, some indications (off
their site reviews), BestBuy is assuming a more responsible market
stance on rebadging better quality parts assembly, from Sharp
televisions priced 40-50% more, into their in-house Insignia brand.

Think I'll just let this last one slide for what it is, a POS I got
from WallyMart, their resources primarily being within China;- the
Sharp may be variously allied to Japanese control.

Much better initial reaction to the Insignia's picture quality, btw,
newer LED technology over the Sceptre's LCD -- deeper blacks in a
matter of correct contrast and brightness -- no more of the past
year's worth of pixilated grays for a black approximation.
 
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Flasherly

I guess I'm in the hot zone then. I purchase five 40" Sceptre TVs 13
months ago. So far, all five are still up and running.
Sceptre has the positive reviews, no doubt about that or specifically
why I also pulled the trigger, and though it might be summary to
excuse them for a 'fluke,' I'm not biting: I did run with it
reasonably hard, after all, past few months sometimes leaving it on
for 12-20 hours a day;- could be as much as 3, 4 days a week
straight-time on.

Notice, now, on your Sceptre warrantee a 90-day exclusion for
commercial usage. That's an expensive proposition, according how one
interprets commercial usage;- terminals, airport or hospital displays,
24/7, would be mine. For $260 out WallyMart's door that's about $90 a
month to operate it, three times what I paid for my robust or
"semi-commercial" usage.
Sceptre is clearly a "value" brand, but I was kind of hoping they were
making a move to regain some of their brand glory from the 1980s by
over-delivering a bit. Also, in some cases, I needed the wide array of
inputs that seem to only be available on lower end models.
What?, a SVGA pinout. . .yeah, when summarily looking over that
aspect, basically, they tend to be priced additionally $30-$40 over
HDMI-only sets for [true] "PC compatibility." I just didn't feel like
screwing around with setting up HDMI when [both my] MB's are among a
standard for [most now] MBs sold pre-chipped already for basic
streaming video playback.

The over-delivery surfeit from Spectre's glory days is what BestBuy is
apparently also after, a platform to stand on for delivery of a
quality TeeVee to the masses in America's marketplace. Noble of them,
no doubt, although I did, as well, take their assurances offering,
Geek Squat's affiliated BestBuy-sold 5-yr. plan, hook line and sinker,
this time up to bat on the plate. Same sorts for two-tierism in
economically pricing profit margins based on uncertain Asian quality
with quality assures backed by squads of parts swap-out, American
technicians. To do it on a base Toyota truck, I just bought, it was
an additional $5000 for the same 10-year-plan variant.
Who knows where the panels are actually come from though.
Panels are probably like optical media: there's only a few
manufacturing plants actually producing them, more a stock resource
specialty, the base denominator of indeterminate qualities for
subsequent branded circuit engineering -- other associative components
a particular brand then takes to augment -- as for what will
constitute a final factor on matrices general reviewers, e.g. a likes
of CNET, provide by way of "aesthetic" judgement suited our art of
imagery from today's broadcasting and movie industry.
 

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