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Defining moment: Have televisions taken a turn for the worse?

Nearly every household in the country has at least one flat screen television, whether it is perched in the living room or nestled snugly in the bedroom.
The days of the tube television are no more. That fact certainly can't be debated.
What is up for debate, however, is the evolution of the television, more specifically the design and subsequent price tag that has followed suit.
The arrival of flat screen, HD TVs almost 10 years ago came with price tags between $2,000 and $5,000, a staggering amount of money at the time to spend on television when your tube TV was just fine and costs only a few hundred.
Flash forward to 2014 and the flat screen TV price is right about where the tube TV was a decade ago. And with that comes a whole slew of newer, sleeker televisions that range from anywhere between ultra thin to having a curved design to them.

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The latter is particularly interesting and draws equal parts rave reviews for its clarity and stunning picture quality but also is quite the polarizing piece of equipment thanks to its price. Most curved televisions, mostly because of the newness factor, are priced in the 10,000 or more price range, clearly a sum of money that isn't directed to the general public, ironically much the same way flat screen TVs were positioned in the marketplace 10 years previously.
What is truly stunning, even more so than the crisp pictures these sets put forth, is the latest television price tag that is truly the definition of sticker shock. Samsung dropped a 105 inch curved television that carries with it a price tag that tips the scales at more than $100,000, an amount of money most people associate with a new home but certainly not a television.
This television is tremendous, an array of color and quite the spectacle for those who had the pleasure of seeing it person or even watching a glimpse of it on YouTube, for example.
Realistically speaking, however, no one is buying this television outside of celebrities, actors or dignitaries that treat 100K like the rest of us do a $5 bill. You often have to wonder if this high priced curved television in the next 10 years is going to be sitting on a shelf somewhere when the "next big thing comes out" for less than a $1,000.
Chances are, probably not but the idea that something like this exists suggests that televisions are terribly close to receiving a "ridiculous" label right next to the ludicrous price tag. The best bet is to take the $100,000 television with the same grain of salt you would when you test drive a Ferrari and then buy a Toyota Camry.
Only in this instance your Camry is just another flat screen TV that will do just fine for what you need.

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