I have a bit of a delimma and was hoping for some good advice.
I have a 27" Sony Wega that I bought in 2000. It recently took a bit of a fall and went into "standby" mode. Sony says that it does that when it shuts itself down to avoid further harm. They also said to take it to a registered Sony repair place, of which there are 2 in my area.
Both places want between $100 and $125 just to look at it. They won't even know how much it will be to repair until after they see it. I can see a bill well over $200 or even $300. It would be crazy for me to pay that when I can buy a new 27" Wega on sale right now at Circuit City for $399.
So I'm holding off taking that chance because there's no point in spending the $125 unless I'm going through with the repairs. But there's no point in going through with the repairs if I can buy a new TV for less or about the same as what the repairs cost. A bit of a conundrum.
Anyone have any suggestions as to what other options I might have here? Sell it as-is (revealing to any potential buyers the issue with the TV of course, I'm not out to defraud anyone) might be one. What about donating it to the Salvation Army? What else might I not be thinking of here?
BTW, I've since purchased a new flat=panel TV. The Wega, if I kept and repaired it would be a 2nd TV which I wouldn't mind having but isn't absolutely necessary either.