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Old 11-13-2008, 03:49 AM   #16
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The last time I checked, Funai makes many of the Wal-Mart store brand electronic products, including displays. The quality is generally good for the price but you do need to be careful. As far as the major consumer electronic brands you see, the quality is the same as anywhere else for the same level product. Those companies make good products and make poor cheap products and in between products and Wal-Mart usually won't carry the best and most expensive products from Sony or Panasonic or the others.

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But you all forget one point you might not buy there but other do. Price out weighs quailty and features.

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Maybe it does for you but all consumers do not feel that way. The last 4 brands you mentioned are true budget TV's and not usually what the typical educated consumer would purchase. Low quality, poor lifespan.
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both Walmart and the warehouse stores will sell the exact models sold at Sear's, CC Best Buy etc but these stores do have exclusive models sold only at either the Warehouse store or Walmart.

In the case of walmart, an exclusive model generally means it will have maybe one less HdMI or component hookups, or it may not have a headphone jack or RCA analog audio out, or maybe a little less advertised contrast ratio, but the quality of the product is still the same.

As far as the warehouse store (SAM, BJ's Costco's) if it has an exclusive model it normally either a different bezel or something slightly different neither better or worse than the sister models sold at the retail stores. This is done primarly for the benefit of the retail stores so they don't have to price match. But they are normally the exact same TV set sold at Best Buy etc.

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Maybe it does for you but all consumers do not feel that way. The last 4 brands you mentioned are true budget TV's and not usually what the typical educated consumer would purchase. Low quality, poor lifespan.
Not basing it on me I go to to shop and find a lot of customers confuse to what to buy. Sure I could point them in the right direction if ask. But I watch them try to decide what to buy. Most buy on how the image looks. Still a lot more buy SDTV tubes than HDTV. Price is the factor.

Everyone here is going to have a difference of opinion but why not go and visit your local Wal-Mart in Electronic Department and see what's going on HDTV wise. The Super Center has the largest selection of HDTV sets though then the typical Wal-Mart. More sets will go out doing the Black Friday, I don't know about this year?
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Not basing it on me I go to to shop and find a lot of customers confuse to what to buy. Sure I could point them in the right direction if ask. But I watch them try to decide what to buy. Most buy on how the image looks. Still a lot more buy SDTV tubes than HDTV. Price is the factor.

Everyone here is going to have a difference of opinion but why not go and visit your local Wal-Mart in Electronic Department and see what's going on HDTV wise. The Super Center has the largest selection of HDTV sets though then the typical Wal-Mart. More sets will go out doing the Black Friday, I don't know about this year?
Forgive me if I am misinterpreting you, but are you saying that more people are buying SD tube TV's than HD TV's?
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Not basing it on me I go to to shop and find a lot of customers confuse to what to buy. Sure I could point them in the right direction if ask. But I watch them try to decide what to buy. Most buy on how the image looks. Still a lot more buy SDTV tubes than HDTV. Price is the factor.

Everyone here is going to have a difference of opinion but why not go and visit your local Wal-Mart in Electronic Department and see what's going on HDTV wise. The Super Center has the largest selection of HDTV sets though then the typical Wal-Mart. More sets will go out doing the Black Friday, I don't know about this year?
You state you are in the USA but around me in the USA it is getting nearly impossible to even BUY a SD tube TV. They have like 4 models and they all are lower brands and cost nearly as much as the same size HD LCD displays now.
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If you do your homework and check it out good when you get home. All is good. If it works keep it, bad product take it back that is what walmart is known for. Keep going til you get what you wnat, or go pay more at a dealer store and have same problems
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If you do your homework and check it out good when you get home. All is good. If it works keep it, bad product take it back that is what walmart is known for. Keep going til you get what you wnat, or go pay more at a dealer store and have same problems
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Similar writing style I guess but likely two different people.
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the best advice I can offer to perspective HDTV owners is......if the base units walmart has to offer is the only way a peson is going to be able to afford a display or if the consumer isnt that concerced with optimal performance there is nothing wrong with the models walmart and similar stores offer....that said however, if one is purchasing the unit to be the main jewel in the consumers HD theater ensemble then go only for the top brands by the top producers and buy at a reputable dealer with a good stand behind the product reputation.....as these sets will give optimal performance and peace of mind to the owner for years..
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They are actually quite good about this. I, personally, think that Walmart is a great place to buy electronics. You can, however, find better deals on that size screen at Sam's and Costco on the Vizio models. If you are partial to Sony, well, there you go.
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I have heard several people tell me that because Walmart is such a huge company and posseses so much buying power that they are able to have manufacturers of electronics, in particular TV's and Digi cams, build to a lesser quality spec. Is there any truth to that?

One thing I heard was that if you compare model numbers of the "same" tv at Best Buy versus Walmart, that they are slightly different. I've never actually taken the time to investigate.

The reason I ask is I was in Walmart last night and they had some really good deals on TV's. I figured this was the best place to ask.

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There is *some* truth to this. They get different model numbers so they can sell at Wally-World prices. In many cases you are NOT getting the same TV that you would at a regular AV retailer or good online shop. Now, that doesnt mean that you should avoid Wally World for a TV or whatever. Just be careful and double-check model numbers to be sure you are getting what you think you're getting.

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I have friend who works on TV's. He tells me that major manufactors of TV's will have parts for all models of TV except for Walmart. He recently joked with on of his providers about this. When he gave her the model number of the TV he called about she looked it up and began to laugh. She stated it was a Walmart model number and there were no parts available for it. This was a national parts dealer for this particular brand of TV.

He also reports that Walmart TV's are engineered to save as much money as possible thus making them more prone to damage from voltage surges.

Many times he will asked the person where they bought their TV. If it is from Walmart he tells them to throw it away and buy a new one.

It is also sad to see the TV's in his shop. They are mostly under three years old with many less than 2 years old. He also gets to surprise many people by informing them how much the bulb in the TV is going to cost them to replace after around a year of use.
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To the op, I have actually been told by a service tech that walmart tv's have lower grade components. He had to make sure of where I got the tv so he could order the proper parts. They buy the tv's in bulk and order them with cheaper parts. Take it for what you will but its my experience.
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Personally, I think it sounds rediculously inefficient to operate 2 production lines, one for the good stores and one for Walmart. I have no personal experience with it, but I do have a little understanding of the cost to implement mass production and I just can't see the benefit for the companies. The millions of dollars it takes to produce an additional production line just doesn't seem justified.

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