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 *Note: I've learned that the 'marketing con game' has worked its way into these consumer reviews by 'loading' them with fake positive reviews. So I've learned to spend more time on analyzing the negative reviews.
Funny story - we were shopping at Amazon for a pizza cutter a week ago. Some reviewers for Amazon's "top selling" pizza cutter actually ADMITTED they had been given this supposedly state-of-the-art pizza cutter for FREE if they agreed to submit a product review. They'd say something like "even if I had paid full price for this item, I'd still give it five stars...." (yada, yada,yada).
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Funny story - we were shopping at Amazon for a pizza cutter a week ago. Some reviewers for Amazon's "top selling" pizza cutter actually ADMITTED they had been given this supposedly state-of-the-art pizza cutter for FREE if they agreed to submit a product review. They'd say something like "even if I had paid full price for this item, I'd still give it five stars...." (yada, yada,yada).
Yeah and they probably fear giving a bad review that they might not get more free offers. Marketing psychology at it's best!

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Never heard of this one before, stumbled across it in a local CL ad:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/DIGITREX-A...ntrol/25963174

Has HDMI output and "NTSC and PAL auto switch." Sketchy customer review distribution though.
Another one stumbled across via CL:

http://www.naxa.com/nt-52.html#1

Looks good on 'paper' with component output (1080p?) and USB port for recording and playback options. Unfortunately poor, albeit dated, reviews; appeared to be software buggy. Looks like Walmart, Frys, Radio Shack, Amazon, TigerDirect, etc.

Interesting I keep finding these sketchy-reviewed boxes sold at Walmart on Craigslist...

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Used boxes from the 2008-2009 CECB program are becoming easier to find

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[B]......The reason for this thread is the DISCUSSION OF DEALS, LINKS TO VENDORS WHO ARE STILL STOCKING CONVERTER BOXES....
Over the past few months, I have started seeing more and more digital converter boxes from the 2008-2009 period for reasonable prices, although often missing the original remote control. Used converter boxes are no longer rare and no longer command high resale prices at Amazon Marketplace, on Craigslist or at thrift stores.

The good news: what many of us consider to be the best CECBs, those made by LG and sold under the Zenith and Insignia brands, are becoming surprisingly common on the used market. Thrift store pricing tends to run between $7 and $15, with or without the remote. Interestingly, I'm seeing the same price ranges for other CECB brands such as Philco, Magnavox and RCA.

The bad news: Of the CECBs with detachable power cords, far too many are missing the actual power cord. This makes the unit undesirable in terms of the hassle and/or expense of acquiring the correct replacement with the correct voltage.

In some cases - notably the Zenith (DTT-900, DTT-901) and Insignia (NS-DXA1 and NS-DXA1-APT) - quite a few of the 2008-2009 Digital TV Conversion CECBs use better parts and are more durable than many of the cheaply-built converter boxes being sold today, such as those offered under the Craig and Naxa brands. Anyone else remember the days when the Craig brand name represented its market position as the king of automotive 8-track tape players?? While the RCA DTA-800B1 is still being sold brand-new at Walmart and other retailers, it's not exactly the same converter box which was designed for the 2008-2009 Digital TV Conversion. Some features were stripped out, without changing the product number, and the quality control may not be as good.

So before spending $50 or $60 on a brand-new el-cheapo converter box, review these threads and look into buying a used CECB from 2008-2009, particularly the LG/Zenith/Insignia boxes. Your vintage pre-2007 television will thank you for it!

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