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  • Uber-cheap 17" LCD

    http://shop.monitorsdirect.com/?AID=2837431&PID=227502 (no, the referral isn't mine or even related to be)

    Apparently $499 final price with a $0.01 3 year replacement plan and free shipping. It's supposed to be a good gaming monitor.
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    I have seen less expensive monitors at Best Buy and Costco. Some as low as $329.00 for the 17 inch models.
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    • #3
      Think cheap, think eBay

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      • #4
        The same monitor? This one has a quick pixel response (16 ms). Also if you freakishly happen to drop the monitor off your desk somehow you have the replacement plan.

        BTW the code for the $499 price is 175for499.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by vBR
          Think cheap, think eBay
          Think no warantee and likely dead pixels...
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          • #6
            Originally posted by filburt1
            The same monitor? This one has a quick pixel response (16 ms). Also if you freakishly happen to drop the monitor off your desk somehow you have the replacement plan.

            BTW the code for the $499 price is 175for499.
            Same monitor? Nope.. However, I don't necessarily shop by a particular brand... Though I did have an Hitachi CRT monitor explode on a user and send them to the hospital in the past though.

            You see, $499.00 is a heck of a lot of money when you are married and have 3 children. Heck, I could build an entire computer with a 17" CRT and Windows XP Home for less than that.

            No, I shop for the value that I can get out of an item. It may well be that this is a good value for a gamer. However since I rarely play video games on my PC, the value isn't as high there. For video games, I have a flat 27" shadowmasked television which gives great performance even though it is three years old and it only cost me $299.00 at the time. I can also use it with my Playstation, Nintendo 64, Gamecube, Playstation 2 and the 110 games we have.

            I would have to go into the store and see if the color and contrast is available on this monitor before I purchased it. Since it is mail order, that lowers the initial value immensely because I can't see it in action before hand. I can walk into BestBuy, Circuit City or any other local stores and find a monitor that works best for me.

            So I guess it all depends on the chance you take. For me a $329.00 17 inch monitor by whoever will probably give me better bang for my buck. Even with the replacement warranty cost, it would be less than your perfect monitor listed above.
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            • #7
              True, each to his own.

              Never heard of a monitor exploding just from normal use, though
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              • #8
                I bought a laptop off eBay a few years ago. It was new, but it had a total of 6 or 7 dead pixels -- not enough to warrant a replacement from IBM, but enough to be a bother depending on what I was doing.

                So caveat emptor.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bigmattyh
                  I bought a laptop off eBay a few years ago. It was new, but it had a total of 6 or 7 dead pixels -- not enough to warrant a replacement from IBM, but enough to be a bother depending on what I was doing.

                  So caveat emptor.
                  Personally, I won't purchase anything off of eBay that can be damaged by being dropped. This rules out almost all electronics. .

                  I will only purchase used electronics from a personally known source i.e. a close friend or family member.
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                  • #10
                    Sometimes you get what you pay for -- especially in LCD monitors when quality can vary from vendor to vendor and model to model.

                    I shop for LCDs here:
                    http://www.neutronexpress.com/lcat.c...3/LCD_Monitors

                    I have two of the Iiyama 4315's -- wonderful LCD displays!
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