BestBuy Sells 52 Inch TVs for Ten Bucks. How Many Did You Buy?

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Yes, it’s a pricing error. 😉

I read this morning over on the Demonoid support forums that Best Buy was selling a Samsung 52″ LCD HDTV for $9.99.

That’s right.  Ten bucks.  Picture to the left.  In case you can’t read it, it’d model #LN52A650.

You would still have to pay a flat $70 for the delivery, a buck in tax and a $25 recycling fee but that still only comes to a total of $106 total for the first one and about eleven bucks ($9.99 for the television and the buck for tax.) for each additional one.

From looking at the timestamps of the threads, it took BestBuy no less than 6 hours to notice the mistake and pull the advertising.  Some posters ordered upwards of a dozen before the advert disappeared and then wondered if they would actually get the wide screen televisions.

After pulling the error, BestBuy issued a correction and refused to honour the price.  They also locked the thread to prevent people complaining I noticed.  Didn’t stop anyone though.  There’s no less than three other threads on the topic. (edit: Oops, found a fourth.)

So what do you think?  Should BestBuy honour the price?  Amazon sells the television for just under $1,300.  BestBuy would lose over a thousand dollars per unit sold.  But if they don’t, they’ll probably lose the business of all the customers who bought those televisions.  I didn’t get one but will think twice about shopping there again.

edit: Looks like it made the news.  Even the Christian Science Monitor picked up the story.  Some folks feel that maybe this was just a marketing stunt to draw folks into the site.

Han Solo, P.I.

HanSoloLong story why I haven’t been around much.  I’ll discuss it another day.

This video came across Twitter a few days ago.  I have to admit that I was a fairly big Magnum, P.I. fan growing up.  Whoever did this put a fair amount of time into pasting up the video and matching it to the original opening credits of that show.

You can watch Harrison Ford (aka Han Solo) play a decent Tom Selleck (otherwise known as Thomas Magnum) after the fold.

And remember, you can download the video on the YouTube Downloader (Yes, it works again.  Sorry about that.) as an *.mp4 file.  It’s supposed to be available as an HD *.mp4 file but I can’t get the link to work right.  Maybe it’ll work for you.

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Today’s Thought

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Been kind of sick lately and have gotten far behind on work.  Please forgive me for not posting.

I saw Dwayne Johnson this morning on Regis and Kelly. (Yes, I do watch in on occasion.  Plus when I go to the hospital to get my bloodwork done, they usually have it playing in the waiting room.) Dwayne was promoting his new movie, Race to Witch Mountain. (Sorry, not link to the video.  They have it buried within some flash player on their site and no way to get a proper URL for it.) Anyway, the movie is about a cab driver who comes across extraterrestrials and winds up having to save the planet.

Hmm, why does that sound familiar

I know nothing. Nothing!

Hogan's Heroes cast

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Why didn’t they finish up the Hogan’s Heroes series?  I mean they finished M*A*S*H up and it was a war series.  I would have loved to have seen Allied tanks roll through the main gate.  I would have also loved to seen how Werner Klemperer would have played Colonel Klink discovering what had been happening under hos nose. I mean Sergeant Schultz knew.

Oh well.  Just a thought.

Animaniacs – Presidents

Animaniacs_PresidentsRichard Byrne over at Free Technology for Teachers posted today a video showing the 44 United States Presidents in order.  Have to admit I prefer, even if it is a bit out of date, the Animaniacs version.

One has to wonder which young students will remember ten years down the road.

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Daria and Star Trek

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A long long time ago in a galaxy far far away I used to write Daria fanfiction.  There’s some stuff that I would love to finish some day.  And there’s some stuff that I wonder why I even wrote. (No, I’m not linking to any of that stuff.)

I wrote some cross over stuff with Daria in the Star Trek universe.  I got a chuckle with most of it.  I probably should go over to the Daria Wiki and add it in there.

Some of it was fairly simple (and short) stuff where I made fun of the salt shakers as medical instruments.  And another where I just copy and pasted over the script for Star Trek 3. (OK, I’ll admit it.  Did anyone notice I was poking fun at the second season episode Arts ‘N Crass?  There’s only one line in there to point it out but you should catch it if you pay attention.)

Anyway one of my favorite works was where Jane Lane does the Kobayashi Maru sim from Star Fleet Academy.  I find myself writing Jane to be a bit more humorous than she was in the show.  Some folks liked it.  Some didn’t.

There’s also the one where I replay the first season episode The Invitation but with Quinn and Daria as Klingons.  I also explain how Upchuck got his nickname.

OK, I’m done going on about my past writings.  I should be going home anyway.

edit: And I’m fixing the frigging gallery tomorrow.  I’ve got pictures to upload.

Do You Have Your Converter Box Yet?

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I was reading this article on the WSOC website about the pending change from analog television signal to a digital one starting on February 17th, 2009.  That’s only a couple of months away.  After that date, local television states will only broadcast a digital signal.  At least that’s what’s planned for here in the United States.

The cool thing is that the government is printing up these coupons where you can basically get a converter box for a small amount of money.  Neat, right?  Never mind that they’re spending tax money to support businesses and all that.

Here’s the problem.  The change over occurs on February 17th, right?  As I read the article, the coupons won’t be going out until the converter boxes are in stores.  No problem with that but the boxes themselves aren’t due until “the end of February or first of March.

Anyone else concerned about the boxes not being available until after the change over occurs?