If you haven’t seen the “Camera in Digital Convert Boxes! BEWARE!!!!” here it is.
Don’t get too excited. The whole thing is bunk. The guy even admitted he just used hot glue and a cellphone camera lens. The real conspiracy is a bit dull. Less spy cams and big brother, more money and big idiots.
Back in December of 2008 I saw my first Dtv converter box. It was a light weight black box with a few buttons that felt cheap. If my memory’s not mistaken, it was prices at $40. It made sense, the government would be sending out $40 coupons, so why charge any less.
Then in 2009 the government sent out those coupons. The price mysteriously went up. Since then, I think I’ve seen a box once for $45. But only once, and I can’t even remember where it was.
This is what a quick online price check turned up:
Walmart.com, $49.87 for a Magnavox
Target.com, $49.99 for a Venturer
BestBuy.com, $49.99 for an Apex
Sears.com, $49.99 for a Zenith
Kmart.com, $49.99 for a Zenith
RadioShack.com, $59.99 for a Digital Stream
So here’s my prediction. After all the coupons expire (my first-wave coupon was set to void after March 9th,) the price will plunge.
Here’s how it goes. People get the coupons, buy a couple of boxes for ten bucks a pop and think, “When the coupons expire, I can sell these on eBay for at least 25 a piece.” Wrong! By then the in-store price will be 25. “Well, at least I can get 15.” I don’t think so bub. Why buy from some dude on eBay when places like Overstocked.com will have them at the same price (and I’m sure they’ll though in free shipping from time to time.) “Oh what am I to do?” Suffer. It’s thinking like this that made the government run out of coupons and push the transition date back.
I got lucky. I found converter boxes for $40 at HEB.
I only need one, I bought one, I’m going to keep one. Until I see them at Dollar Tree, then I may buy another.