I bought a Zenith model at circuit city for 69.99 (19.99 after the coupon) for in the bed room & the magnavox model at Walmart for 49.99 (9.99 after coupon) for my dvd recorder (which consequently is hooked up to my hdtv
First, at walmart when I went to check out, the cashier had no idea what the converter box coupon was and tried to tell me that it was a credit card that was being declined. After I convinced her it was a coupon (only because it says "coupon" on the card in big letters
) , the cashier then had to talk to her manager to see if they were being accepted.. ofcourse the manager at walmart didnt have any idea what it was and had to call another manager to verify that it was a legitimate coupon, meanwhile i am I standing in line (about 10- 15 minutes
)... then once they decided that they would accept it (because I had the letter with me that said they were being accepted at walmart
), they then had to decide how to run it through the register and by now everyone in line is ticked off at me.... eventually I got home and hooked it up.
At circuit city I walked in, asked where the dtv converters were, was directed right to them. the employee then told me about the coupon program, the feb 17, 2009 cut off and why it was important for me to have a converter if i get OTA tv. he then asked if i had any questions about them. I was very impressed.. I got my unit and was in my car 5 minutes later.
Beware... the magnavox (and im guessing the RCA model too
) at walmart is junk. pure junk. When I picked the unit up out of the box, I wasnt real sure anything was in it... then once it was running i had a horrible humming noise, and the picture quality was horrible. No such problems with the zenith, great picture (for analog), great features, remote that controls the tv and converter box, etc.
Granted, I cant complain a whole lot since i only payed $10 our of $50 for the walmart unit... but do yourself a favor... go to circuit city/best buy/ radio shack and spend the extra $10. The employees actually know what the coupon is and are educated on it and the dtv conversion. plus, the units are a lot better quality.
my 2 cents.