My Sony 32” widescreen television finally packed up. I’ve had it for nearly 6 years (though touch wood this doesn’t happen in real life).
Dunno what was wrong with it – something to do with streaky lines across the scren. Anyway, I went down dixons and traded it in (despite it being broken) and got myelf one that cost 469 quid, which should have been 699.
Thinking I had got myself a bargin, I carried this home (bizarre as in real life these 32” fuckers are definately a two man lifting job).
Upon getting it home to my flat, which was the one I used to live in opposite the Devonshire pub in Balham, Heather, Pud and I started watching it.
Other things went on (though I can’t recall what) in and around this, but everything always came down to me, Heather and Pud watching TV, with mugs of hot tea in our hands, and a coke for the lad (Pud).
One of these times I noticed a strange sheen on the tv screen. Taking a closer look I realised that it was because I had left the plastic film on the front of it – like the plastic film you used to get on your new casio Knight Rider watch or something.
I pulled this film off, smelling the new-ness of the consumer electronic goods. Underneath it though, lay a nasty secret, and something that the price should have alerted me to.
There was a section of the screen in the bottom left hand corner that had little or no picture. It looked like small paintbrush strokers, and consisted of one vertical line and two horizontal lines (looking a bit like a sketchy version of this ‡).
The odd thing was, it was covered by masking tape, when I initially took the film off, and with the film on the picture was fine. I tried to put the film back on, but as ever once off it wont go back on.
I obviously decided to take it back, telling myself that because the lovely folk of Dixons hadn’t told me that it was faulty i was entitled to a refund, or if not, to swap it for the full priced one. I also seemed to think that it was illegal for them to sell a fauly unit without alerting anyone to the fact it was faulty.
Heather, at this juncture asked me why we had to take it back, there was nothing wrong with it. Hmmm…