Weekend Been Good So Far..NO Sun Though! Seen Some Ace TVs!

@Janey1966 (24127)
Carlisle, England
October 1, 2011 7:21pm CST
With Carlisle being so far north (in England) I'm afraid we got the cloud on Saturday. Everywhere else in England had the sun, such is life. Anyway, we made the most of it and piled into Comet, our electrical store. Now, our in-laws are supposed to be buying us a telly so we had "instructions" to look for one online last week..which we did and found a Samsung Web Exclusive that, obviously, wouldn't be in the shop. However, I did want to look at stands and to measure one in particular I liked..and yes, I did take a metal tape measure in lol. This is to ensure John's other "stuff" fits on the shelving and that it also fits in the corner of the room. We have 40 inches to play with. Wouldn't we all. Haha! The salesman (and that's what he was, in my opinion) was more interested in showing us how 3D looked, using special glasses. We looked bloody stupid with glasses over glasses, if you see what I mean. "They look like Subbuteo men," John said when looking at the football match. No reaction from the salesman as he had no sense of humour. Now, the TV we want (online) is a 32" Backlit LED Smart HD 3DTV(!) from Samsung and it will cost our in-laws £499. I daren't tell you how much the stand is (I've got expensive tastes) but I bet you any money John will end up buying it..so I guess I shall have to research cheaper ones online. The one I like I'm never going to get for less than £200 so I'm currently looking for ones that are about 50 quid! Mum's was around that but we would need a 37" stand (not 32") that's designed to go in a corner. It's so frustrating that I can't buy any of these things with my own money but our in-laws are offering so we'd be daft to turn them down. Oh, by the way, we've FINALLY been to Pioneer so I can get some serious cooking done next week!
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@derek_a (10902)
2 Oct 11
Hi Janey, That is great news about our new TV and I hope that you get it soon. We have a 32" Sony, but it's a few years old now. It's not 3D, but it is HD. I am happy with that, as I think I would soon get very used to 3D TV and not bother to put the glasses on! I notice very little difference between HD pictures and the standard picture nowadays. The HD is a little clearer than the standard, but when I am really into a program, I seem to forget whether it is HD or not! One other thing, I first flat TV was a Samsung, but the sound quality was awful and then it a developed a fault. We took it back to Comet who said that they had a lot of problems with Samsungs coming back to them, so I forked out an extra 50 quid for the Sony model that has great picture and sound and never given us a moment's trouble. I have always had Sony, they cost a little more, but they have always given great service. Strange thing is though that I heard that Sony owns Samsung. I have a samsung phone and it's really great. That's the problem now though, I would like to go up to at least 40" now, but whilst the TV works so well, I don't want to change it. Anyway, enjoy your TV, and once you are watching it, you won't take a lot of notice of the stand, or you could even hang it on the wall... _Derek
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
3 Oct 11
Mum and Dad both have Sony televisions and Mum's is the older one of the two and it has better sound than my Dad's. Why that is I don't know but it could have something to do with her Sky+ box. My Dad just has the Freeview and he'll be most upset when he learns that the England game is on Sky next week as it's away and England's away games are featured on Sky, which I think is wrong. It is a game of national importance, therefore it should be aired on terrestrial telly. As for our telly. John has ordered the Samsung I mentioned at his Dad's as he's kindly paid for it now, with it being a Web Exclusive product. They will pick it up from Comet on the 12th October. We shall have to have it on our current stand for now but I'm currently researching glass stands online. There are some real bargains out there but we need to be careful of dimensions, as it HAS to fit in the corner. It is so frustrating to see 4 shelf stands (which are rare) at such ridiculous prices, although I have seen one greatly reduced for about 90 quid. I'm determined to find one!
@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
2 Oct 11
Hope it all works out. We have had sun here y cold outside at night and kind of cool during the day too.
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
2 Oct 11
Because the telly we like is an online exclusive my kind FIL let hubby order it on his behalf. We shall get this new TV a week on Wednesday although the stand is still a way off...researching those at the moment.
@lacieice (2065)
• United States
2 Oct 11
You might want to rethink the 3D part...my television repairman friend told me they are nothing but trouble, and that the glasses are expensive, and also you will have to sign up for 3D broadcasts, and those, too, are expensive. I think they are just a fad, and will soon be a thing of the past, just like the old 3D movies from when I was a kid.
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
2 Oct 11
Well the TV our in-laws have ordered online for us (to be collected from the store in a few days) has HD built in along with the 3D. It looks like many TVs have 3D but it's not necessary to sign up for it; like you said it's a fad and believe me, we won't be watching it!
@GardenGerty (98089)
• United States
2 Oct 11
Not having the money is the pits, but if there was any way you could come up with the cash I would get the one I wanted. Or start saving for it for later. Food is always nice to have.
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
2 Oct 11
There was a job I was going to apply for BUT it's at the other end of Town and, by the time I've forked out the bus fare, I wouldn't be left with much (it's only an hour a day) so I'll have to look for something closer to home to make it worthwhile. I may mention the stand to my Mum. Now, she's told me a few weeks ago that she will buy me a new computer desk BUT she may be willing to purchase a stand instead if I ask her, although there's no way I'd want her buying the dearer one. Also, I don't want to pressurise her as grovelling ain't my style. You're right about the food though; we've bought some awesome provisions from Pioneer and I can't wait to get stuck into it all and cook something marvellous!
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• China
2 Oct 11
Your in -laws are as good as their word and will buy you a telly .It is happy for you to think that you will own an up to date 3D TV.If I take you correctly,"I can get some serious cooking done next week"means that you will ask your in-laws to dinner next week.It seems that you will be really supposed to show off your skill.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
3 Oct 11
I'm not going that far lol..although the pair of them were both in a good mood today as they like buying us things, that's fairly obvious to me, but it still hurts a bit not being able to buy a telly ourselves. However, I am currently looking for a nice stand for this wondrous telly to go on and I'm determined to find one at a reasonable price. The one we saw in Comet on Saturday was well over £200 and I cannot understand why a bit of plywood and glass should cost that much..hence my web search!
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• China
3 Oct 11
I understand your feelings.You feel as if they gave in charity so you have a bit inferiority complex.I think better than nothing.Isn't the stand that putting telly on?over £200 each one,equal to about 2000 RMB,It is too expensive.
3 Oct 11
I would have swapped the cloud for the sun any day, was too hot for me down here in the south over the weekend, thank goodness it’s going to cool down this week. I remember a few years back when I was made redundant from what was then a high paying job, suddenly not being able to go and buy stuff like a new TV was so frustrating, in fact infuriating and depressing. But the strange thing is it actually taught me an amazing lesson about not wasting money, not that I am saying you or anyone would. It just made me realise that half the stuff I use to buy I didn’t really need and that has certainly helped me out in more recent years where budget has been a way of life. As for the TV, my only advice which I am sure you are all ready doing is get the best you can for the money but don’t get one which is too big for the room, nothing worse than trying to watch a big screen TV when you are almost on top of it.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
3 Oct 11
It's really warm here today..windy, very dark (as though it's about to rain but it hasn't yet) and it's giving me a headache lol. You're like my hubby; he hates the sun as well. However, because it wasn't sunny yesterday we got more done, strange though it may seem. As for the telly, we've gone for the Samsung Smart TV that has HD and 3D (the latter we're not likely to use) and my FIL has already ordered it for us, as it's a web exclusive and not actually in Comet itself. He will pick it up (with John) from Comet on 12th October and I can't wait because our VERY OLD CRT is definitely on its way out. I reckon the tube is going so it's very timely this new telly. Oh, by the way it's a 32" model. Why people tend to buy anything larger than that for a small room is beyond my comprehension. I will let you know what it's like once it's all set-up. I also know what you mean about valuing money much more. I used to buy things without even thinking about it and yes, it is frustrating when I can't even go out to buy some milk but I have hubby going out for that anyway!
@BarBaraPrz (19592)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
2 Oct 11
Perhaps the salesman didn't know what Subbuteo means? I had to look it up to find out it refered to table top games...
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
3 Oct 11
Oh he knew alright..it just didn't register due to him being in "sales mode."
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@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
2 Oct 11
For me congratulation you have that kind of weather here in our place bad weather because they full of rain by typhoon quell.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
3 Oct 11
Oh dear, sorry to hear that.