dagman, it's easier to pick up chicks with a fancy car, than with a fancy TV (I know, life's unfair).
It's hard to justify the fancy TV in lieu of the fancy car, if your significant other likes to be taken out to the movie theaters every Friday night, to show off his/her fancy clothes, makeup, and jewelry. Have you SEEN how many people still visit those archaic temples of worship (theaters)? There's got to be ALOT of showing off going on, IMHO. Or is their popcorn all that great?
So to have the significant other AND the fancy TV, he/she must also prefer to show off in front of YOU instead of the rest of the world. I think there's a lot of people who don't have that luxury.