Originally Posted by steam engine
Snowblowers are not Televisions...i know...but...a while ago there was a broadcast program concerning a snowblower/lawnmover manufacuter that had its product sold at Walmart.
Walmart promised to discontinue selling because they could not offer it at low enough price if the manufacturer would not make product cheaper.... by using, what the manufacturer considered inferior parts. The product would still have the same power rating, etc. But in the manufacturer eyes be an inferior product.
Walmart no longer carries the product....but the manufacturer still has his good name. i don't know if television manufacturers would be willing to replace with inferior parts, but they still could get same rating results, but product would not hold up as well. If the outside looks the same...the standards inside might not be....just a thought.
Walmart does push the price envelope with it's suppliers. How they meet the price point is up to the manufacturer, ultimately.
Lots of products sold at Walmart feature modern, but not cutting edge, features. This let's manufacturers use their last generation designs (that work perfectly fine) and recoup some of the R&D money that went into them.
If you want cutting edge, go cutting edge. If you want value, Walmart is a good place to look. Kids gaming on an LCD in their rooms don't need 240mz processing, etc.
I've purchased high end and Walmart items, for different uses. I've never had an issue with a Walmart purchase, and with triple the return period that BB has, I've felt secure that if I did have an issue I could merely take it back and start over with something else.
I just bought a Vizio 42" LCD for my son who watches a ton of baseball in HD. The set was under $600 and has a beautiful picture. The set was so cheap, I picked up a Magnavox Blu Ray player for him for under a hundred bucks.
I didn't need super new features (like frame interpolation, led backlighting, etc), and the price was right.
Bought everything with a credit card, which doubles my warranty.
This is why Walmart is selling TVs in volume, although probably not the 1st choice of online-shashki members, who want the latest, greatest, and most expensive toys to play with.