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Re: Installing flip down DVD player
Parrot, if you think your repair guy is on the level and hasn't sucked in a few too many lead solder fumes over the years, you should call Consumer Reports or Forbes. Either of whom would greatly enjoy catching WalMart with their sticky fingers in any kind of situation like that.
If you think the RCA 42LB45RQ (the first 42" LCD TV I saw on WalMart's web site) is somehow mangically different from the same model number that is sold at BestBuy, or on Amazon, by all means, order three or four of them, and take them apart. If you can find that WalMart is doing something special, you're going to make a LOT of money from that expose.
Sure, there are other brands and models that are special just for WalMart, but if you don't know that "store special" models have been THE NORM for ~40 years now, maybe you've been manufacturing fortune cookies, not electronics?
No, wait, you couldn't be in the food business either, as they've been making "white label" store brands for even longer than that. Purina or anyone else will gladly make up "store brand" pet chow for you from a range of formulas. It just isn't likely to be the same as their branded product, coming off the same line. Same thing for anything Costco sells under the "Kirkland" brand. They put out contracts, someone bids to fill them. But that's private-label too. Buy a SONY from Costco, and it is the same set that WalMart sells--if they sell the same model number.
This is all openly and widely known. No fraud, no conspiracy. Ignorance? Maybe.
Last edited by hellosailor; 07-08-2012 at 03:48 PM.