Has Been LED Astray

| Right | March 17, 2015

(I’m one of the managers at a video game store where we also buy other electronics, including TVs. We typically don’t pay a lot for LCD TVs because people bring them in all the time, and we have TONS in overstock due to this. I had just gotten a customer’s total figured out for their LCD TV…)

Me: “All right, you’re looking at [total] for your TV.”

Customer: “WHAT? I paid $150 for this TV. Why am I only gettin’ that much?”

Me: “Honestly, bud, people bring in LCD and LED TVs here so often that we have a lot of TVs that have just been collecting dust in our warehouse for months. Because of that, we haven’t been able to pay as much for TVs as we used to.”

Customer: “Well, my buddy’s got a plasma at home that he’s thinking about sellin’. How much you guys pay for that?”

Me: “Plasmas are a completely different story. We don’t see many of those, and they still have a lot of value on the market, so we’re able to pay way more for those.”

Customer: “Yeah, that makes sense, since you gotta refill ’em every year.”

Me: “Refill… What?”

Customer: “Yeah, my buddy was sayin’ that he had to have someone come out and refill the plasma in his TV a couple weeks ago. He said you gotta do that like once a year or they go bad.”

(I was so dumbstruck at this point that I couldn’t even begin to explain to him how wrong he was. He seriously believed this is how plasmas worked, too.)

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