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dvd, tax poll

so my DVD player crapped out and died. In case you're wondering, it's a Samsung DVD-P231. It's very sleek looking. Has some nice features. Lasted almost nine months. Yes, this is the one I bought May 20, 2003, I remember this clearly because it was my birthday and I wanted to buy myself a present. maybe I'll get myself another DVD player for my next birthday, huh?

It's been kinda going downhill... skipping really terribly, stopping, not loading stuff. I bought the fancy "lazer" lense cleaning kit and everything and nothing helped. Good thing is that Best Buy was able to print out a copy of my receipt based on my purchase date and the fact that I still had the credit card... go best buy! I usually keep all receipts but this one was sucked into a black hole, darn it all.

So it's at an authorized Samsung repair shop in town being fixed on their bill. One year warrently. sw00ty, I hope.

Was looking for troubleshooting tips on the internet and kept running across angry rants by owners of similar DVD players. How come I couldn't find these when looking for reviews? Note to self: when buying electronics, don't search for "reviews", search for "i'm pissed as hell" + brand name.

7-10 days with no DVD player. My $20 monthly netflix fee will be well spent in february, huh?

they just don't make 'em like they used to.

In other news, I've been doing my federal income taxes and got to thinking about refunds. I was raised to believe that tax refunds are BAD... all it means is that your hard-earned money has been trapped in a 0% interest savings account all year. Others disagree. What gives? So because I LOVE polls, here's my one for today. If you're not an American, I guess take the poll if your tax system is a little like ours... I'm not going to explain it or anything.

Getting a really big income tax refund:

Good!
57(87.7%)
Bad.
8(12.3%)

What's worse?

Having to pay a little
55(85.9%)
Getting a lot back
9(14.1%)

Do you think it'd be funny if, while filing by telephone, the voice reading off your refund amount was that of George W. Bush?

Yes, that'd make it much more fun!
46(70.8%)
Enough polling Spacefem, please go do your state taxes now.
19(29.2%)

But then senate minority leader Tom Daschle could read off the taxes you pay in!

Celebrity telefile! What could be cooler!?
36(56.2%)
I can't believe they gave Spacefem the right to vote.
28(43.8%)

Comments

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dreamingkat
Feb. 19th, 2004 08:52 pm (UTC)
I do think celebrity telefile would be cool - I just think it's a tad... inappropriate to have the political implications of having the president tell you you're getting money and the presidents political opposition telling you you have to pay. it sounds like it's one of those subtle brainwashing techniques - the ones that are meaningless alone, but when you get subjected to 100 or so of them every day they start to affect you?
whatupbitch
Feb. 19th, 2004 09:04 pm (UTC)
Can you play DVDs on your computer, so the NetFlix thingy doesn't go to waste?
shifuimam
Feb. 19th, 2004 10:01 pm (UTC)
wait...it doesn't have a one-year warranty?
homunculus
Feb. 19th, 2004 10:25 pm (UTC)
man, that really blows that your dvd player didn't even last a year. that really shocks me. it's also funny how the cd is supposed to last practically forever compared to a vhs cassette, and yet the dvd player lasts an instant compared to a vcr. lol
smittenbyu
Feb. 19th, 2004 10:53 pm (UTC)
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no kidding our 8 year old VCR is still working great. Our DVD of 1 and half years is laying dead.. go figure!
homunculus
Feb. 20th, 2004 12:00 am (UTC)
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boooo! so this is a common occurance? i think i'm sticking to vhs, tyvm. lol
smittenbyu
Feb. 20th, 2004 01:23 am (UTC)
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I don't know what it is!! I have friends who have had working DVDs for a long time with no problems.. maybe it's your luck! ha!
homunculus
Feb. 20th, 2004 02:21 am (UTC)
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maybe. or maybe certain brands. do you have a samsung like spacefem?
smittenbyu
Feb. 23rd, 2004 08:44 pm (UTC)
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was thinking the same...but ours is a panasonic..
homunculus
Feb. 23rd, 2004 10:54 pm (UTC)
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hmm. maybe they're actually manufactured by the same people... or have the same design or something. eh.
missniceness
Feb. 20th, 2004 05:25 am (UTC)
My Dad's 2-year old JVC has also crapped out. Unfortunately, it's out of the warranty period!
noiresque
Feb. 20th, 2004 10:33 am (UTC)
I have long thought rationally that big tax refunds were bad, because of what you said. However, they are really good for people who don't know how to save money and it forces them to involuntarily.

I don't really have anything better to do with my money - my savings account is at 1%. I got a big tax refund this year and I don't feel like I'm missing out too much on that 1%. I have lately been paying down credit cards (at 0 now, woo!) and saving money. The tax refund I got was a big infusion for that and now I feel like I'm well on my way.

So there are two sides to the tax refund. Sometimes it's beneficial for certain people. Now that I have my big tax refund and a savings account, I'll probably adjust my tax withholdings accordingly so I can save more each month and just grow that amount.

Still, having a big tax refund feels like a "bonus".

Another point: 3/8 of my tax refund was the "Hope Credit" which is direct money back from school tuition and supplies. That part doesn't count towards the problem at hand, really.

I'll shut up and go poll now, but I just wanted to qualify my answers. I don't really fall under either. I think it's "bad" to get a big tax refund, but I like it.
artificialamore
Feb. 20th, 2004 11:05 pm (UTC)
You're such a dork spacefem and we love you for it. But! Go do your taxes.
belgand
Feb. 21st, 2004 01:46 am (UTC)
I don't pay taxes and didn't have any withholdings this year so uhm... neither?

I still find the way people react to tax refunds very, very odd. They treat it like a gift as if it was found money. Nobody seems to consider the fact that they'd been overpaying the government for their taxes for months and are finally getting refunded what they don't owe.

I'd much rather keep all my money to begin with and then pay whatever I owe.
consortofkeeks
Feb. 21st, 2004 01:59 pm (UTC)
I suppose a refund would be really good if you no nothing about taxes and not much about moneyness and all that.

I say this because, as I know nothing about it, getting a refund would be much better than owing. Ofcourse if I knew more about it I could probably avoid owing anything. Money is bliss to the ignorant.
consortofkeeks
Feb. 21st, 2004 02:03 pm (UTC)
Everything new I get doesn't last long, yet all my old stuff lasted many years. I guess that could be explained that I have limited knowledge beyond setting it up, and the tecnecal problems inside, which I know nothing about, probably needs a more knowledgable, um, owner lol
mrbogey
Mar. 21st, 2004 04:47 pm (UTC)
Found your entry on a google search.

I've gone through 2 P231's. Both have lasted less than 3 months before refusing to recognize DVD's.

I'm not buying another Samsung product again.
spacefem
Mar. 21st, 2004 07:01 pm (UTC)
isn't that just lovely?

Mine was fixed for free, but they had to replace all the optics. The person at the repairshop said that if it wasn't under warranty, it would have cost around $65, plus labor. For an $85 DVD player. So I guess I'm on the market for another DVD player.

One question: how'd you go through two?
mrbogey
Mar. 21st, 2004 07:27 pm (UTC)
Well I picked up the first one from Best Buy and a month after a bought it it stopped working. So I brought it back went through the rigamarole and got a replacement. That was 3 months back. Now this one's broken again. It just went kaput. I put a disc in and it refuses to read it.
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