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Tricks of the TV store!

chooseyourtv
02-21-2006, 09:24 AM
I have come accross something interesting that I thought I would share.

Sometimes stores, like Best Buy will actually adjust settings of a model that they want to sell and down scale the settings of the other TV's. This happens when they have an overstock company wide of a certain model. I had a friend that worked at BestBuy in the Audio Video department, and he told me they do that. So I decided to check on my own. So I looked at two Flat Panel LCD's a Sharp Auquos and Sony. I wrot down the serial numbers so that I made sure they were the same.

One week the Sharp would look the best. Another week Sony would look the best and the Sharp Look Horiable. Then another LCD would look better and then eventually the Sharp was back on top. I also checked the settings and they were constally being changed. I also know that people play with the settings, but the best looking one always corresponded with a sale.

daleb
02-21-2006, 10:30 AM
I would think it's hard to say who is playing with the settings, including shoppers. Only a few displays come close to being calibrated out of the box, so they are hardly shown on an level playing field to begin with.
That's why it pays to fiddle with the controls yourself, and when you begin to center on a particular model, view it in other stores too and see if what you like about it still holds true. Consistency is the key.
Do your research, look at many displays, just don't be rushed into a decision based on false information or someone else's perception.

d6500k
02-21-2006, 11:52 AM
This happens when they have an overstock company wide of a certain model. I had a friend that worked at BestBuy in the Audio Video department, and he told me they do that

Totally possible. Much like casinos placing slot machines at strategic points on their sales floor, TV's with the opportunity to earn the highest return might receive better placement and such.

In store displays are set up for only one purpose. To sell them. The general public does not seem to worry too much about how pristinely the content is delivered. They simply want the best deal on the "best" TV.

Do your research, look at many displays

Excellent advice! Remember too, that very nearly ALL displays can be measured and then adjusted to deliver exactly what the artist intended, in your home environment.


Good Viewing,

Doug k