Consumerism TV

Is Big W deliberately trying to discourage people buying TVs from them?

Spotted in Big W:
TVs in Big W

Spotted in JB Hifi:
TVs in JB Hifi

The key difference seems to be that the JB Hifi people know how to set up their TVs.

The Big W people don’t know, or don’t care, that on almost all of the TVs they have on display, the colour is completely distorted.

If you can’t see a display product working properly, why would you buy it there?

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

5 replies on “Is Big W deliberately trying to discourage people buying TVs from them?”

You can’t see it working properly in JB either, because all their TVs (save a handful playing BluRay discs) are playing a RGB signal, not HDMI-digital nor DVB-T digital. Years ago I asked about the setup of the TVs in JB and the sales guy said that sure, they all look different – we take them out of the box and plug them in; no tuning or fiddling to get the picture looking good, this is how they come from the factory.

So, all you can rely on for a side-by-side comparison is Choice magazine; your library probably subscribes – mine does, and allows me electronic access to all their reports.

It’s not at all relevant, but about four years ago I bought the very last CRT TV for sale at Big W in Sydney. It was only $79 because they wanted to get rid of it. Unfortunately it only lasted two years.

@Tim: I don’t even have a flatscreen yet :)

(It’s a Sony WEGA or something like that. Big, and d*mned heavy – I’m reluctant to change it cos that would involve getting rid of it)

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