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May 4, 2010 |  Category:   happy purchases home

But getting it wasn’t exactly easy. I always thought that if you wanted to buy something, you could just go to the store, purchase it and take it home. But for some reason something so deceivingly simple as buying a TV took a whole day and trips to 4 stores, including 1 very hellish experience waiting for a full hour at Best Buy with 2 overstimulated and whiny children, only to be told that the 3 models we were interested in were sold out at the store.

And something really odd happened in the buying process. We didn’t really know what brand, what size, what model, but as we were staring back at the wall of TVs, first looking at 37 inches, and then 40 inches, we kept looking at bigger and bigger TVs trying to convince ourselves that maybe what we really needed was a huge 47 incher or the newest LED technology and this, that and the other new thing – hell, we just didn’t know it yet! But eventually we did come back to earth and kept focused on our goals: to replace the old, hand me down tube TV that, as massive in size as it was, was really only a 28″ TV.

After a very frustrating and unsatisfying morning, we ended up with a most pleasant, last minute decision at PC Richard at the end of the day and was assisted by my new best friend, the PC Richard TV sales guy. He and I joked around, traded small talk and got along famously. When the TV of our choice looked like it was out of stock yet again, he whispered that he’d make us a deal and sell us a brand new model of the Samsung 40 inch TV that wasn’t yet on the sales floor. And magically, our TV appeared.

We took it home and despite the speedbump along the way (oh, you know, where our car died on us driving home from Long Island), we had our new TV.

Now, the funny thing about kids is that sometimes they don’t really like change. As Mark got down to unpacking and setting up the new TV (which, by the way, is plenty huge in our living room and any bigger would have entered into the realm of the ridiculous – what the HELL were we thinking? 47 inches? Psshwtt.), the kids were skeptical. “We don’t like this new TV, we like the old one!”, “Are we going to be able to watch the same shows on this TV? ‘Cause the old TV has all our favorite shows!”. We assured them they’d be able to watch all their favorite shows and as proof turned the TV on.

The other funny thing about these newfangled LCD HD TVs is that if you don’t have an HD cable box, the picture, especially on some channels, looks like…you know, crap. Well, we don’t have an HD cable box, but after a day or so, you kind of get used to it and you think to yourself, eh, I could live with this. Yes! We ARE that cheap that we are unwilling to shell out the extra $12.95 a month for digital cable after buying a $900 TV! Pathetic!

So the most stressful part of this whole TV buying ordeal was getting rid of our old massive set. I don’t know. These are the kinds of things that stress me out and make me anxious. We put an ad out on Cragislist and our local Yahoo group for a free TV. I was skeptical that anyone was willing to take away a massively heavy old-school TV and I worried that we’d have this thing, that was now sitting on the floor in front of the window, here forever. But we got 2 serious inquiries. The first inquiry completely flaked and was a no-show (HATE that), so we went to our next guy. He came the next day, was punctual, and seemed thankful to cart the TV away. “My kids are driving me crazy!”, he said. “They need their own TV for their video games!”. Cool.

Our TV taker was Korean (it’s clear from the name on his email). He was older than us, maybe by 10 or so years. Apparently this is the conversation that went down between him and Mark in the elevator as Mark helped him take the TV down to his car.

TV taker: “Oh, your wife is Asian? Korean, huh?”

TV taker: “Korean women cook good!”

Mark: “I do all the cooking.”

TV taker: “Wha?” (pause) But…Korean women cook good. Hmmm.”

TV taker: “Does she speak Korean?” (pause, then answers the question to himself) “Probaby not…”

Awesome! TV taker for the win!

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  • Lara Sopchak May 4, 2010 at 2:22 am

    funny story…i like imagining the new tv not having the same shows that the old tv had.

  • Sarah May 4, 2010 at 5:22 am

    Hey Jenna,
    I check out your blog weekly…..your kids are gorgeous and I love that you blog about the everyday sort of things. But also love that you and your hubbie have a baked good business.

    Funnily enough I went through a similar TV experience the past few weeks and just brought home a Sony LCD too (I was considering Samsung LED)…..went through the whole LED/LCD etc etc pain as well! : )

    Anyway, thank you for your blog and sharing your thoughts and the gorgeous pics of your girls too.

    Sarah

  • diane May 4, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Congrats on the new tv.Had the same experience last year went from one store to another.Madness!!Wasn’t even for my house but the bf’s.I stumbled upon your blog by chance and am now hooked.Live in malaysia but will order your delicious looking goods when i get to the states for xmas.Enjoy your new TV!

  • diamondkelt May 4, 2010 at 8:02 am

    It must be TV buying season again because we’re going to get our new flat screen this weekend and it’s already been an ordeal. Especially trying to find a stupid TV stand. I think we’re going with a 46″ Samsung “matte” finish since we have a TON of light in our living room. We loved the gloss one and it’s rich colors but we couldn’t stand the reflections. In any case getting a new TV is going to be awesome though I doubt anyone will want our old TV as it’s about 30+ years old LOL.

  • Aimee May 4, 2010 at 8:30 am

    I had a similar experience when my boyfriend and I went to go buy a new tv a year ago. We decided on the 40″.. but of course in comparison to the 42″ and higher it looked tiny. Luckily, we stuck with our choice to get a 40″ and of course when we got it home it was huge and perfect. Any larger would have been way too big.

  • Anna May 4, 2010 at 9:37 am

    what a funny story, made me laugh so hard:)

  • jennifer May 4, 2010 at 10:04 am

    love it, thanks for the laugh:)

  • patricia May 4, 2010 at 10:40 am

    So funny! We had a similar TV buying experience late last year. Funny how such a mundane article can get so complex to purchase. “Glad” I’m not alone!

  • michelle May 4, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Your tv purchasing story sounds a lot like our mattress shopping experience.

    Happy to have sweet fine day back 🙂

  • Pam May 4, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Such a great story! I think it’s fine to not dole out the 12.95/month to the cable company. My husband and I cancelled cable and now watch everything online through our TV, the picture quality seemed really bad at first but I’ve gotten used to it. It is funny to think that when cable was first introduced (early 80s) the primary big deal (as i remember it) was that the picture was actually clear w/o any static. OMG! (Actual cable itself seemed secondary) Now we are going backward to poorer quality pictures but hey, it works! 😉

  • lesley May 4, 2010 at 11:09 am

    hilarious. our tv buying experience was similar 🙂 we ended up with a much larger one than we’d expected, but it was such a good deal! and yes, you do get used to that ‘crappy’ picture quite quickly, don’t you? we aren’t shelling out for the digital box as we’re somehow scamming free cable at the moment. i’m not willing to give that up 😉

  • bronwyn May 4, 2010 at 11:52 am

    I always just put my unwanteds on the street. There are enough scavengers in my neighborhood that whatever it is, it’s usually gone within the hour. Now I see the funny stories I am missing out on. 🙂 Loved that.It made me laugh. And by the way, I refuse to pay for cable too. So I get like 4 channels and the picture sucks. Movies look good though.

  • Renita May 4, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Too funny …

  • mickie May 4, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    ok…so i think the 12 bucks is totally worth the difference. i’m not really a tv watcher and i hate spending any money on it…but then we got our hd and now if it isn’t on an hd channel…i don’t want to watch it. cooking shows are especially delicious in hd!!

    congratulations!

  • courtney May 4, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    I have TV envy; we still have an old/small one. Someday we’ll upgrade!

  • cvjn May 4, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    i’m with mickie – spring for the hd channels. hd tv is like a religious experience. my husband had to have it, and i was all “meh.” then we got it, and now i am a convert. it’s so good. better than you can imagine.

    we just finished watching the whole life series with our girls (also 3 and 6), and it was an amazing way to teach them about the world.

    i know you’ve given movie night a try before, so you should give it another try. we do it almost weekly now that we have an HD behemoth, and it rocks.

  • Laura May 4, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    I am loving your blog…stumbled upon it thru “a day that is dessert,” and it doesn’t hurt that we’ll be soon visiting NYC. Thanks for the restaurant recommendation.

  • 3 Piece May 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Just found your blog because of your home tour on Design Sponge and love it to pieces. I still have the huge t.v. and only use it for movies so I will keep up the good fight until my kids make me do otherwise.

  • Lani May 4, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Funny! I just got a 32″ TV which fit beautifully into the Ikea TV wall unit. At first I got the basic HD package and fell in love with HD. Then when I moved I didn’t have the box hooked up yet but we turned on the TV to see what we’d get. Turned out we still get a bunch of HD channels. So I downgraded to basic cable. So for really not much $$$ I get all the channels I care about plus most in HD which I no longer can live without.

  • Lonnie May 5, 2010 at 1:06 am

    I really dislike the process of buying new items like television sets. Each thing you want/need to buy is part of a whole world that you have learn about… styles, models, prices, resolution, etc. It’s hard to figure it all out, and it stresses me out.
    Enjoy your new set! I love my similar model.

  • Lauren May 5, 2010 at 11:44 am

    For Free: Not sure what “bunny ear” reception is like in the city, but you can get all the regular broadcast channels in HDTV by buying an inexpensive antenna (they are usually flat, and look like a box). I don’t have cable at all, but I have my flat-panel HDTV! Oh, and anything under 41″ LCD or plasma (NOT LED) should have cost you less than $600. LEDs are much more expensive.

  • Jenny N. May 5, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    LOL! Love the convo between Mark and the TV Taker. Glad you got rid of the old one and got a new Samsung one! We’re big Samsung fans in my household because my brother and boyfriend work there. 🙂

    Your kids sound too cute, “Are we going to be able to watch the same shows on this TV? ‘Cause the old TV has all our favorite shows!”

    Adorable.

  • Loren May 5, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Oh, reading this made me feel sane! We, too, kept bumping up the size of our much-researched Samsung (for a 12′ x12′ room, crazy!) and after a year of having a “fancy television,” we still have not shelled out the $5/mo. it costs here to have the HD box! Cheers to that.

  • j May 6, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    we just purchased a samsung and got the cable box and wires through our cable company. we didn’t have to purchase it. we just stopped by the cablevision store and turned in our cable box for the upgrade.

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