Used TV Buying Tips:
Analog TV broadcast switch-off
- In early 2006 the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 became law, which calls for over-the-air television stations to cease their analog broadcasts by February 17, 2009 (this cut-off date had been moved several times previously). Following that date, TVs and other equipment with legacy NTSC tuners would be unable to receive over-the-air broadcasts. This switch-off would cause tens of thousands of TVs to go dark and would cut off many lower-income viewers from their only source of television. A Congressional bill has authorized subsidizing converter boxes that would allow people to receive the new digital broadcasts on their old TVs. The final plan is to make two $40 coupons available from January 1, 2008 through March 31, 2009 for all households with the initial $990 million allocated, after which an additional $510 million in coupons will be available for each household that relies exclusively on over-the-air television reception. For further information on this topic see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATSC_tuner This means that when you are buying a used television you should take into account the cost of upgrade if the television you are buying has a NTSC tuner only.
- Most tube TVs are durable and have a life > 5 yrs. However if you are purchasing flat panel or projection TV, then you will have to look out for additional things.
- Check whether the remote control is in a good condition and is working fine.
- Turn on the volume to see the condition of the in built speakers.
- Some picture tubes tend to display one tint of color more. Check whether all the colors are being displayed correctly.