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Re: Installing flip down DVD player

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where did you get that idea? Sanyo, toshiba, and other brand names are sold by them. Are you saying major mfgs build substandard for wally?
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This is exactly what I am saying. A local tv/stereo/dvd repair guy explained and showed me in detail why and how this was done and how he was unable to fix wally products.Standard items sold thru normal retailers were different matter and he had no problem repairing such items as long as they where 10 yrs old or less.After that parts availability was an issue. 1 yr wally products went in the bin.

On a side note I wont shop there because of there corporate policies\ but that is a different story.
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then ALL the big stores are having sub standard electronics built for them. I love/hate wally stores just like everyone else. The "local" guy can't fix anything because the cost of the parts and labor is always close to or more then the item. enter the generation of of "throw away" appliances, electronics, and more.
pray tell... what is a "normal retailer? virtually nothing is made here in the usa!
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Re: Installing flip down DVD player

"Are you saying major mfgs build substandard for wally?"
There is probably *some* truth in this. Some, as in models sold at WalMart may not be available elsewhere, but that is also true for the electronics sold in almost every chain.

Colonials who remember the 1970's will remember Crazy Eddie busting the prices on car stereos and electronics back when a 40% markup was normal. Crazy Eddie might sell at 5% markup, and everyone else howled.

So major companies like Sony and Pioneer changed their model lines. The model you buy in Chain1 will be slightly different from the one carried in Chain2 and neither the same as what Chain3 sells. It may be the color of the lights, or an extra feature, or wood trim, but they all build different models to prevent price shopping.

IN ADDITION, WalMart and every other major retailer will put out contracts and say "I need a 24" television that I can buy at $150 and sell for $159.95" and then it is up to the makers to try to produce it. One of them will get the contract, usually the cheapest supplier.

But to make that statement about ALL the electronics at WalMart? Flat out wrong. I have seen and shopped for electronics, appliances, etc. that are sold at WalMart and other retailers, and if the same model number is sold at both--the equipment is exactly the same at both. Quality is the same.

Junk and disposable goods come from many sources, can't fault Wally for playing by the same rules that the entire industry is using. Fixing ANYTHING these days is often impractical, simply because US labor costs so much more than mass assembly overseas. And new products, built to sell at lower prices, are doing some things that make them impossible to repair. Apparently the screen/display/glass on the new iPads is simply bonded together, glued or fused all in one unit. Crack the glass? And there's no way to replace it, the entire display module is trashed.

Of course I've also got some electronics left from the 80's, and you don't want to hear the repair estimates. They're higher than the purchase cost was, but there are no replacements on the market today.
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I'll have to take your word for it. Like I said I don't shop at Walmart. However The repair guy had no trouble fixing my Non Walmart item's. As a Manufacturing Engineer I might I little more about How things are made than you.But I'll leave it at that.The Reader will have to make there own decision on the issue.Wally apologist or not.
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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.

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Re: Installing flip down DVD player

Well, as usual this thread has been taken far away from it's intended point

here is a perfect spot in my Vee Birth for a flip down unit. But I'd need one in the Main saloon area too I suppose. . 19- 22 " seems like the best choice over all. anything smaller is hard to view unless your right in line with the screen.
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