Flat response on a flat screen

10 Jul

So many of our guests are surprised to discover we don’t have a flat screen television in our living room.

The “flat screen” has been on the market for years now, maybe almost a decade but we still sport the 26″ Phillips|Magnovox CRT TV in our living room that we received as a wedding gift about 12 and a half years ago.

And people inevitably ask, “Why is it that you don’t have a flat screen TV?”

I have just two simple top reasons.

1) It’s not necessary.  In fact, the cable service we subscribe to gives us a little box that makes it possible for the channel guide and information to appear on the screen of the CRT TV. By the way, “CRT” means “Cathode Ray Tube” and if ya haven’t put your finger on it, it’s the style of television that is glass and extremely heavy – the kind of TV we had for decades prior to dawn of the LCD era.

2) Durability.
Sure, we didn’t used to have a child. Our kid is almost four years old. But now that we do, I’m very realistic about one Principle of the Universe: kids will challenge the TV.

It might look different from household to household but for instance, my child has been intrigued enough to touch the screen on a few different occasions. I’d freak if it was an LCD or Plasma. But, I’m not concerned since it’s thick glass. The only damage that can take place is hand prints on the glass – which is relatively easy to clean. It’s cool to use a glass cleaner.

3) Peace of mind.
So this ‘reason’ is really the result of the prior one.  I can’t speak for everyone but I know that when I save and expense something that’s valuable, I can’t relax around it. In other words, and let’s use the possibility of an LCD TV here, I am positive that I would be uneasy or uncomfortable if kids are around it… whether that’s my own kids or the kids of our guests.

I’ve even had close friends testify about their experiences where the kids they were babysitting broke their expensive TV.  The parents of the kids may have offered a “peace offering” – that might be say, $100, but that doesn’t come close to landing a replacement set!  THEN (let’s be realistic about this), there is most likely stress on the relationship with the parents responsible for the kid that broke the TV!

That means that I could potentially put our guests in a position they don’t wish to find themselves.  Who wants to have added financial burdens placed on them, especially outside of their own circle of family and household responsibilities.

The take-away:
Owning an upgraded piece of equipment often involves so much more than simply the initial price of the object itself. There are other things to be considered:
Do I now need to upgrade my accessories that I know are compatible with what I currently have?
Do I now need new cables? (The costs for cables can rack up very quickly)
Are any guests going use this item?
Is there potential that any guests might accidentally damage the new device and
if so, how would we REALISTICALLY deal with it?
How much did we pay for the one we have that is currently working?
How much is the cost of the one that we’re interested in replacing the current one?
If the price is the same or exceeds what we paid for the original, why are we even doing this again…? Why is the upgrade even necessary?

Your turn.  Do you have more self-directed questions? Other thoughts? What are they.

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