Here we are in the age of Technology. PDA’s, Crackberry’s, iPhones, home automation, remote controls that set the mood of your house with the push of a single button. The world at the push of a button. Everyone’s getting into it. It’s great. Bringing people together. Narrowing distances. All that good stuff.
How can the average consumer get involved without worrying about getting scammed? How can you know if you are getting true value out of your purchase?
Here’s the scoop. Prices in flat screen tv’s has fallen through the floor in the last couple years. Everyone can afford a brand new 50 inch plasma tv. They just have to fit it into their budget. Just go down to the local Wilmart, Canoobian Tire or Suture Shop and pick yourself up a BRAND NEW TV! Never heard of the name before? Big deal this is an advanced technology. Right? If I’m paying almost a grand for something my purchase is protected right? Wrong! All these off brand TV’s are exactly what they appear to be. Cheap. Made with garbage parts that break. Assembled with cheap labour in China and shipped to us with cold solder joints, poor quality wiring and overall garbage parts.
“Fine!” you say. These places have brand name tv’s that are still cheaper than buying them from an independant source. RCA, JVC and many other quality names that people have come to know and trust. I’ll buy one of these and have peace of mind and confidence in my purchase. Right? Wrong again.
Here’s a little tidbit that the average consumer doesn’t know about. Say “Wilmart” wants to increase their product line. They go to RCA and say. We want you to make us a tv that will fit into a our pricing scheme. We want you to make 1000 of these which we will ship out to our locations and sell off in a frantic fire sale. (take weapons people!)
RCA says “Great!” and presents “Wilmart” with a prototype and cost. Wilmart checks it out. Finds a way to cut corners, finds a cheaper manufacturer of parts and gets them built in china for much cheaper. Then they pay RCA a chunk of money and RCA plunks there name on this line of tv’s no longer having anything to do with them at all. Wonderful! Here is a brand new line of name brand tv’s. Exclusive to Wilmart.
Now we have Jimmy the Weebler out to buy a new tv. He checks flyers and stores and compares prices. Low and behold as he checks the Wilmart flyer he sees the Panasonic brand that he sees everywhere, for the same price he sees everywhere. He sees the Wilmart brand tv that is much cheaper, but he just doesn’t trust it. But wait! What’s this? Here is an RCA tv on sale! It’s the same price as the cheapy cheapo! What a bargain! And so he buys it up.
Everything is great. Jimmy has a new tv. He has friends over for sports events and movie nights. He’s making his payments everything is fine. He wakes up one morning and turns the tv on to watch the morning news. BZZZZZZZZZZZZTTT!!!!!!!! Darkness. The set won’t come on. It was a sale tv so the warranty was short and has expired. Whatever he thinks. This sucks but I am still paying for this tv so I’ll get it fixed. Takes it to a service center. A couple weeks go by and he grows impatient. He calls the sc to find out what is up. The repairman informs him he has been searching high and low for parts for his tv and they just flat out aren’t available. He has 6 more of these same tv’s piled up in his shop, all waiting for parts.
RCA should have the parts right? Wrong! They didn’t make it remember. Fine Wilmart can get them from the distributor right? Wrong! They don’t have relations with that distributor anymore and they went bankrupt anyways. Besides your warranty is up. What do they care?
Here’s your options 1. Buy a new tv. 2. Don’t watch tv anymore. 3. Find an independent dealer who can help you avoid this problem in the future.
The crooks are everywhere people. Remember, there are no deals, only dealers.