Add one more big item to the list of things that need to be replaced: in addition to the refrigerator and computer monitor replaced last year, the dishwasher still waiting to be replaced, and the heat pump and car due to be replaced in the next few weeks, my 40″ Toshiba widescreen television has been showing signs of failure. The money I took out of the refinance practically is spent already, and I only just deposited it today.
So I’ve been salivating over potential new televisions. CircuitCity.com this week is offering to give a gift card worth 10% of one’s purchases, and many of the large projection and flat-screen televisions there already are on sale and offer additional rebates; shipping and setup also is quite low. The Sony KP51WS510 51″ widescreen HDTV monitor there, for example, has been reduced from $2000 to $1800, with an additional $100 mail-in rebate and just $40 for delivery and in-home setup; that would also give me a $180 gift card to use at Circuit City–not enough for that iPod I want, but it would make a start.
Over at Synaptic Discharge last week, Kevin wrote about his brand-new Sony KF-50WE610 50″ Grand Wega™ HDTV-ready rear-projection LCD TV, which looks really pretty sweet, but I just can’t justify to myself spending over $3K for a television, another $300-$600 for a stand and an additional several hundred for an HD tuner (though, granted, the KP51WS510 I’m looking at doesn’t include an integrated HD tuner either).
Sigh. Nine months ago I didn’t watch even ten hours of television a week; now I’m a couch potato actually thinking about spending a couple thousand dollars for a new television. I blame it all on TiVo.