Monday, my wife called me at work and asked if I knew what was wrong with the TV. “What? My gorgeous 42″ HDTV? A problem? What’s that you say?”
Apparently, my friend, the Vizio 42″, had undergone a horrible acid trip. The picture was there, but it looked like an infrared image of only pink, yellow, and turquoise. I’d never seen anything like it. I got home that night and tried a few tricks, but nothing worked. My LCD seemed to be filled with LSD, and it was a goner at 2.5 years old. Curses!
But wait! I bought the set at Costco in 2006, before the infamous TV-return-policy overhaul of ’07. I called them, told them my TV died, and they said, “No problem. Just bring it back and we’ll refund your money or set you up with a new one.”
Seriously. Costco gave me full price back on a 2.5-year-old purchase. I couldn’t believe it. I was able to slide directly into a brand new 47″ LCD TV for a grand total of $0. The bigger, better set was the exact price of the smaller one a few years ago. Score!