Originally Posted by travon802
As someone who has been a non-commissioned TV salesman for 2 major retailers (neither being Sears) in 3 very different markets in 3 different states... I can say that "spiffs" or incentives are not given for selling LCD/LED or plasma. Unfortunately, here is exactly how most conversations go in regards to choosing a tech..
Customer: "I don't want a plasma."
Me: "Why wouldn't you want a plasma?"
Customer: "I don't know."
There are still major myths circulating around about plasma. Either it's "they have gas that is harmful like asbestos", "their bulb needs to be replaced", "I don't want to recharge it", or simply "My cousin's girlfriend's brother says LCD is better."
What I have seen is the some of the less experienced salesman latch onto the opinion of the more experienced salesmen. So you'll find a store where either the majority prefer LCD or the majority prefer plasma.
Personally, I purchased an LCD 4 years ago and an SXRD 2 years ago. I have to say that my next TV will be a plasma given the PQ advancements since I purchased my LCD.
dead on. You left out however the most salient myth (oxymoron, I know, LOL) in some mind's, handily again, in that it is the ONLY area an LCD "out-performs" a PDP: brightness/reflections.
Again, even though both techs are more than adequate in 95+% of installations, it is called upon time and time again by the LCD camp, largely because the tech has nothing else to offer over PDP.
Better resolution: nope.
Better color fidelity: nope
Better motion resolution: nope (worse actually)
Better off axis viewing: nope (again, worse)
Better blacks: nope (again, worse)
Now, if I were in the business of moving LCD's which of the above would I flaunt?
Ummm...I'll go with brightness and matte screens. Not on the list, but what the hell?!