Originally Posted by airman23 I own a Sony KDS-60A3000 RPTV bought it back in Nov 07 new from Frys and for the last 4 years I've had no problem with it. Changed the lamp back in Nov 2010 and that was all. Last week I started to notice a yellow and greenish haze on the right and lower right-hand side of the screen. Initially I thought it might be caused by some type of Electromagnetic interference or a bad HDMI cable so I changed the cable but it had no effect so I researched the problem on the internet and lo and behold I found out the awful truth about the defective optical block or light engine on these models and just about all the Sony RPTV models before it.
When I called Sony product support about the problem they offered to sell me a Sony LED Television at a discounted price however to my mind this is not acceptable. Why should I have to buy another television out of my own pocket to replace one that should not have to be replaced as it is only 4 years old.
Because Sony only guaranteed the TV for a certain amount of time. Like a vehicle having a 3-year/36,000 mile warranty... You are well past not only that guaranteed time but even the extended
warranty on the problematic part. Your 4-year old TV is now worth LESS than $400 (see answer below). So, if it fails now, at this point in time, while that sucks it's like your car having transmission problems at 50,000 miles (with an expired 36,000 mile warranty). At this point in time, the manufacturer is not liable.
My own Sony KDS-60A3000 is still going fine and I feel sorry for the people who had problems, but I will not buy a Sony TV as a replacement when that time comes. Not because I hate Sony, but because Sony has fallen from the top-tier of TV manufacturers but is still trying to set prices as if they are still #1.
They are overpriced for the quality. Sharp, LG, Panasonic, Toshiba all make better TVs -- in my opinion. I can get a 60"
Sharp Aquos that looks fantastic
for $1300. (less
than the $1700 + tax I paid for this 60" TV over 4 years ago).
I couldn't care less about 3D in my living room, and nothing Sony makes interests me. The 60" and 70" Sharp HDTVs at Costo look phenomenol
Originally Posted by joevfx I thinking about moving to an LED or plasma set. My friend wants my 60a3000 but I'm not sure how much to ask him for it. I looked online for people selling used ones and I can't find one. It's like no one is selling there's. Can anyone help me with a good selling price? I got it a few months after they released it and but a brand new bulb in 2 months ago.
You have to look at the used HDTV competition and price accordingly. What are other rear-projection 1080p HDTVs going for?
For instance, here's a 2009 61" 1080 Samsung TV
. That TV is newer and bigger than ours (which has documented optical block issues). So, perhaps a little less than that.
Here's a 56" Samsung 1080p DLP for $300
So, yeah, between $300 and $400
It doesn't matter how long you've owned it, what you've done to it, or how much you paid 4 years ago.
I know you didn't mention the price you paid, but a lot of people get hung up on HOW MUCH they paid for some obsolete thing. Computers are my hobby and I often hear stuff like: "I paid $1,500 for that Dell/Gatway/HP laptop 8 years ago." Yeah, and it's worth ZERO today.
Any new $350 laptop computer
is better than that 8-year old computer.A TV is like a used washer/dryer combo being sold
. Doesn't matter if it was top-of-the-line 4 years ago. For someone looking for a used washer/dryer combo, they just need something basic. If they were looking for features, they would go buy new and get a WARRANTY and even money-back guarantee. So, a used ($2,000) washer/dryer combo from 4 years ago is in the same boat as a used ($1,000) washer/dryer combo bought 4 years ago. They're both going to sell for less than $300.
Why? Because if the owner tries to ask for more money, there's too many other choices
Plus, if you ask for more money, then they might as well go get a NEW big screen HDTV with warranty. You can get a new 51" 1080p Samsung plasma for $800, no tax and free shipping nowadays.
(And 51" 720P Samsung plasma for about $600 with free shipping.)
And while 51" is not 60", it's also not 4 years old and rear-projection. It'a a new, slim, warranteed big screen 1080p major manufacturer plasma.
So, ask $400 or less.