In the last half of the 20th century the majority of television SERVICE TV sets which most consumers are familiar with have been the traditional CRT screens. During the mid 1980s, as the demand for larger screens became louder, many manufacturers and consumers turned to rear projection models. Unfortunately picture quality at close distances was sacrificed in favor of a more movie theater-like experience. Now enters new high definition television.
As technologies in televisions evolve and improve so do the technical complexities of each individual component found within each television. Compared to traditional CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) television sets, high definition televisions such as plasma or LCD may be more affordable to repair depending upon the problem. Although generally not able to match the image quality of high definition plasma or LCD televisions, rear projection televisions such as DLP and LCoS, can be exceptionally expensive to repair. One primary reason for the repair price discrepancy between HDTVs and traditional televisions is the availability of parts.
Now that plasma and LCD televisions have gained a strong foothold as mainstream technology, the past types of television models have quickly begun to diminish due to the decline of both the retail price point and the cost of the manufacturing of plasma and LCD TVs. As the capabilities of HDTV continue to improve, the majority of manufacturers have opted to discontinue producing CRT TVs and projection televisions in favor of superior video and the potential to realize greater profits.
With the proliferation of high definition, aging electronics used in CRT and projection sets are not being produced in any large quantity; if at all. The cost for these parts has increased due to diminished supply, but demand for a knowledgeable and experienced technician has increased even more. Unfortunately skilled television repair technicians are difficult to come by. Although more numerous in larger cities, many rural areas or small towns such as Trenton, NJ or Levittown, PA, may fall within a repair company’s service area.
Even though plasmas and LCDs are now the new standard, it can be unrealistic to expect every home owner to run out to the local electronics store and shell out $900 or more for a moderately decent to excellent HDTV, especially in these challenging economic times. Seeking out a television repair professional still makes sense as it can save the viewer hundreds of dollars over purchasing a new set as the HDTV technology continues to rapidly improve.
It may be said that excellent and fair service is a thing of the past, especially when it comes to specialized services such as television repair or in-home service. While it is generally true of today’s modern world that the business practice of just a handshake to seal a deal has slipped away only to be replaced by hoops to jump through and fine print to “protect” the retailer, there can still be rare exceptions to the rule. Usually these exceptions take the form of the few remaining mom and pop businesses which can be found in smaller towns such as Levittown, PA or Trenton, NJ.
Most family run television repair businesses are finding it more difficult to compete with the monolithic brick and mortar electronics stores. When an individual has a broken TV, usually the first company that comes to mind will be the one whose advertising budget allows for flooding the market with commercials and print ads. Instead of offering truly excellent and neighborly service, the electronics giant has flooded the market with advertising that claims good and fair service designed to “brainwash” the public into believing the hype.
The true advantages of opting for the repair services of a smaller local television repair business is that the customer will very likely receive better and friendlier service. The primary reason for this is that the family owned business has more at stake to lose than a large chain with large cash reserves. One or two bad experiences can seriously adversely affect the business success of any smaller company. Large electronic chains are better able to absorb a financial dip from losing a multitude of customers.
Even though the large electronic stores have adopted aggressive pricing models and rapid advancement in HDTV technology has left older CRT televisions behind, small television repair companies have either adapted or discontinued operations. Many local television repair facilities have expanded the services that may be offered including in-home repair as well as being more responsive than any large company can be. Surprisingly oftentimes the big name electronics stores will be more expensive than the little guy primarily due to the need for paying for several employees at hourly rates and other overheads with which the smaller stores do not need to deal.
The traditional avenue of finding these highly qualified repair companies had been to leaf through the phone book with mixed results, but with the advent of the internet, it has become easier than ever to obtain the services of a reputable and affordable repair technician that will willingly make house calls. Word of mouth is also still just as valid today as it was 40 years ago, especially with regards to small family owned businesses.