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Is there a way to determine if there are weak connectors in a television before purchasing?

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June 20, 2019 / By Alise
Question: I am not talking about improperly functioning connectors just connectors that are easily separated by light jostling. Our Samsung Plasma TV has recently broken largely due to a poor connector. It contained 2 ribbon cables, near the top, that were held on with snapping connectors that easily became loose. In order for the TV to function properly they needed to be in a very exact location with little to no room for error. These thin plastic connectors became damaged because of heat (we watch a little too much TV for our own good) and no longer can hold these cables. I have a little experience with electronics and robotics and I for the life of me cannot believe that such an essential component was held on with such a weak connector and i would not have purchased this TV knowing this ( actually i find it quite insulting to the customer) Is there any way to learn about the quality of the TV's construction or quality of its electrical components such as wire connectors or circuitry before purchasing it ( i some how doubt i can just as a sales rep to remove the back of a TV so i can examine it)
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Ultan Ultan | 6 days ago
You seem to be knowledgeable about things. Have you ever heard of "strain relief"? This is where over time the heavy cables and bend/break the circuit board or in your case the plastic bracket holding the connectors onto the frame of the TV. Get a velcro tie-strip, use it to take the weight off the connectors. In my rack - I have a block of wood behind my gear that the cables flow over to avoid pulling the connections loose. I have a HDMI switch that would literally get pulled off the shelf by the 5 HDMI cables sticking out of the back if I did not do this. Some super-glue and a velcro strap to provide strain relief may have solved your problem.
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Ultan Originally Answered: Should I feel bad about purchasing a dog?
Don't feel bad for doing what you needed to do. It sounds as though you thoroughly researched the pet you wanted and actually did your homework - kudos for that! Many of us don't spend our time volunteering at shelters to help them out. This is why we often suggest people adopt from shelters to help them out. The shelter gets the help they need, and so does the dog. In your situation, you're contributing your time and effort to make a difference, even if you don't adopt a dog from them.
Ultan Originally Answered: Should I feel bad about purchasing a dog?
Why should you feel guilty because you are very concerned about finding the right dog that will fit into your family? I have had nothing but purebreds since 1967. Does that make me a bad person? People are way too judgemental. I have a theory that a lot of "bleeding hearts" are only so doing for peer approval....as if because they get a dog from a shelter it makes them a better person. Why is it people think that other people's "throw away" dogs have more rights, are more deserving of a good home than purebred pups who were thoughtfully brought into the world, properly cared for and taken care of? To me, this is reverse discrimination. I will give you some advice though. Consider the age of your children. Ideally the youngest should be in school. When you look for a puppy, take your entire family and really watch how each pup reacts to your kids. You do not want a shy pup, nor the "wild heathen"...but the stable one. And....no challenging the "mini Aussie" choice, but there is controversy whether this is actually considered a "purebred". I have seen many....some are nice, some are pretty hyper, some are pretty spooky. So finding the right "breeder" and the temperament is a big consideration as with any breed.
Ultan Originally Answered: Should I feel bad about purchasing a dog?
An adult dog is your best bet when you have kids, as long as the shelter does temperament testing. You do not know what you're getting when you get a puppy, even if it's from a reputable breeder. Puppies all have specific temperaments that do not fully show until they are mature, even though you might get hints of it along the way. A dog that is at least two years old and who has already shown its temperament is the best bet when you have kids, and most of them do not have any behavioral issues. It is a shame you consider pit bulls out of the question. They are one of the most stable family dogs if you treat them right and are the only dogs I would ever even remotely trust around kids, due to their extreme patience and unlikeliness to snap. Every aggressive pit bull has either not gotten enough exercise, was not properly socialized, or was allowed to "run the pack." A pit bull that has matured and has shown its temperament and been through the tests is absolutely safe to have around kids, provided you do not leave the kids unsupervised with the dog - but this goes for ALL dogs of ALL breeds. A parent that leaves a child alone with a predatory animal is not a smart parent, and dogs are predators. If you have a busy life, do not get anything at all related to the "shepherd" or "collie" family, period. They are smart, trainable, loving, and great with kids, but they are extraordinarily destructive when they're bored. You will absolutely regret it. Unless you are home constantly, that is not the right dog for you. Will you still want this hyper little ball of energy when it ruins your couch and bites at your heels - and the heels of your children? As for whether you should feel bad or not - I don't know. You do realize that purchasing this dog means a shelter dog will be put to sleep, right? If that doesn't bother you, that's your business, and I'm not going to tell you what should bother you and what should not. But if it's "eating you up," do you really want to live with guilt for the rest of your dog's life? Probably not.

Ripley Ripley
There are no way for anyone to determine if the tv has a loose connection or not coming from the factory. If you buy the low end models then chances of that breaking down is higher than the one that is the high end. Panasonic is the most reliable tv in the market today and the only Plasma tv that Home Theater Magazine recommends. Hope this will help you out.
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Ripley Originally Answered: Purchasing vs Rescuing?
I have a lot to say on this topic but will try to make it short. Most, absolutely I agree that from my personal experience rescues organizations inadvertently and unintentionally or mybe intentionally, encourage people to buy from a classified ad. I currently have a 3 year old dog that I purchased. Very happy with the transaction. I have always, my whole life had dogs and cats. They have all been rescue animals. Never purchased until my last experience. I was planning on doing the rescue thing but....! I got the run around from the various rescue organizations. Too many questions about my life, my house, my family. A conversation would have been fine, I would have been okay with a volunteer talking with me to find out if we knew what we were getting into, having a pet in our household. But when they told me I'd have to fill out excess paperwork, have my home inspected, and pay a sum of money close to what I paid for a full bred dog I decided they were to full of themselves. The puppies we looked at were all from one litter, so many sizes, the rescue people really didn't know much about the dogs. Which is understandable, but when they demand to know my history and want what I though was excessive money for the pup, then it is not worth the trouble. I also must state that due to the attitude that I encountered from the rescue organization that I spoke with that I now have cut back on donations to the local organization. I have a local business, every quarter they send someone around asking for food, wine and/or money donations. They also ask me to buy a ticket to their fund raising dinner. I was so offended by my experience that I have cut back on the donations. BUT...I increased my donations to the local boys home and habitat for humanity. They only ask once a year and I feel better helping out children!
Ripley Originally Answered: Purchasing vs Rescuing?
I'm a tad skeptical of Tracy's claim that a rescue puppy costs about the same as a puppy from a breeder. Most rescues cap the cost of a puppy at $300, then add on a $150 spay deposit, refundable upon proof from the vet. The cost is less for an adult, and even less for a senior dog. As you know, a (decent) breeder charges far more than $300. I've done breeder purchases, breed-specific rescues, and shelters. From a general shelter, my min pin was $30. From a breed-specific rescue, my Great Dane puppy was $300 + a spay deposit. From a breeder, my Great Dane and Lab were more than double that. Finally, nearly all rescues are willing to consider homes that do not meet the stated requirements. For example, Tracy can probably get around the fencing requirement by writing a letter detailing how she will exercise the dog. I'd be very, very surprised that any rescue would be unwilling to consider a first-time dog owner - especially for a relatively easy breed like a pomeranian. Most rescues are satisfied with a personal reference or two, plus the name and address of the vet you *plan* to take your dog to in lieu of a vet ref. The only breed-specific rescue I know of that puts a blanket prohibition on first-time dog owners are some of the greyhound rescues. Finally, a *good* breeder will have some of same requirements as a rescue. Both want to know that you are familiar with the responsibilities of ownership and are financially able to care for the dog. Both insist you return the dog in the event you cannot care for it. My breeder and my Dane rescue have the *exact* same requirements, except the rescue wanted 2 personal refs and a home visit - not exactly much of a hurdle or deterrent. The refs are a quick phone call and the home visit is 1 hour, max. Of course, if Tracy is looking only at irresponsible backyard breeders, she will find rescues quite stringent. Not that a poorly and irresponsibly bred dog is a bargain - cheap upfront cost, sure, but the vet bills will pile up!

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