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On cheaper TVs and the true cost of quality


Nov 15, 2013
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As a consumer electronics market matures, early entrants are typically challenged by cheaper competitors who are then challenged by increasingly cheaper competitors until it's commoditized and most value goes out of the products themselves. (Similar to premium software or services getting beaten by cheap getting beaten by free.) Inevitably the quality of the product suffers, trending towards the disposable, which is offset by the low replacement costs. Ultimately, when you add up all the costs and tradeoffs between quality products and cheap products, over the course of many years, there difference isn't great - you always pay somehow - but the up-front expenditure is so much less, it makes it tough to argue premium products have much if any place left in the market. Which is John Herrman's case for buying a ****ty TV on BuzzFeed:

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