Monday, November 21, 2005

It is time to put to kettle on...

For what purpose, you wonder? Well, we have a television that squeals! At present, we have a wooden door stopper underneath the tv - aimed at the back to be specific. Whenever it squeals, we either remove the door stopper or shove it back in! Yes...a bit kinky but it does the job!

I have also threatened it on several ocassions - either it shuts up or I'd pour hot water from the kettle to silence it once and for all.

Yes, I do have a very dark side.

Now, I have to give credit to this television. It has been with hubby for 10 years, now that is pretty "good service" on the part of the television. However, it is not nice to look at. It is your typical black box with a very fat bottom. Heavy and ugly are two words that would sum up my prognosis.

So guess what we did over the weekend? Yes, we bought a new television.

Hubby has been doing a lot of homework on televisions through the various sources and he is very thorough too. We went to 6 retail outlets, checked out specs and prices...kept changing out minds from one to another from CRT to LCD to Plasma (standard definition or high definition?)...why do they make it so confusing? Can't they all agree on the one format?!

To cut the long story short, we bought a Panasonic 42" High Definition Television. We were convinced to buy the high definition version and not standard definition. The sweetner? It was $1,000 off the recommended retail price and it has only been in the Australian Market for 2 months! We even got them to throw in delivery for free.

The purchase doesn't end here - back to the conspiracy theory. All the new formats regardless LCD or Plasma need to be accompanied by a Set-Top Box! Because we bought high definition, we have to get a high-definition set-top box or else, the tv broadcasts will not be in high definition! Yes, you guessed it - more expensive than the standard definition set-top box. Oh man...

Just as I thought that, that was the "end", the salesman then told us that we need to get a special lead (no DIY leads or normal leads), the one that we need will cost of $279!

At that point, hubby put his foot down and said that they were over-inflated and he knows where to get cheaper cables and set-top box. So we have television but no high definition set-top box or cable but I am sure hubby will find us those very shortly and at a good deal too!

To accompany the new high definition plasma, we need to get a new entertainment unit. What we have - yes, black again...black tv unit only has space for that black box...very ugly and not appropriate for our new "child".

Off to the shops again before we send instruction for the plasma to be delivered.

It's time to put the kettle on...need a cup of tea to de-stress.

6 Comments:

At 8:48 AM, Anonymous Sue said...

You are lucky Mag, my husband takes a month to decide what to maybe we need to buy checking out all the different store in town. That pluss the 3 odd months the he has to do research on the internet. He never buys anything on the spur of the moment and the one time he did, I almost died and he returned it not long after buying.....

 
At 10:31 AM, Blogger Magdalene said...

Sue, this is one of those "I almost died" moments because my hubby is like yours - like to do research, check the forums online, talk to other "geeks". It is thoroughly out of character that he did what he did. You won't believe what we did last weekend? We bought a 3m by 2.2m turkish carpet on the spot! Never done that before ever because the hubby likes to "research".

It does get frustrating doesn't it? But at least we know, the stuff that our hubbies invest in are good quality and won't "die" soon...:)

 
At 8:55 AM, Anonymous Sue said...

Well, the fact that he buys things and then sells it for profit says something. He bought a bayonatte for 40 aus and sold it for 400 aus.....One day he may sell Ken Daniel :-) he cost 3600 aus to conceive.....

 
At 11:00 AM, Blogger Magdalene said...

gee...he is good! Buys them cheap and makes massive profits! BTW, what's a bayonatte?

YOu never fail to make me laugh!

 
At 11:34 PM, Anonymous Sue said...

Its a knife you attach in front of a rifle to stab your enemies. He is a WW2 nut or as he proclaim 'expert'

 
At 10:02 AM, Blogger Magdalene said...

I see...I learn something new everyday. I asked my hubby what a bayonatte was and guess what he told me? Something for the baby to sleep in!

 

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