Retailshops are dead to me – Part 1

I was on the search of a new TV for quite some time now, but it took me a lot of time to really get to a store to have an idea of which one I would get.

Friends of mine know that when I have a thing in my head, I don’t have it in another part of my body. What I mean by this, is that when I want something, I want it now… Yes, I’m still a kid when it comes to these things. And when I mean these things, I mean almost everything in life.

I scrubbed the internet beforehand of course and I saw on the best under a certain budget was a Sony. Doesn’t surprise me that much, I always preferred Sony for a reason. One reason is that it doesn’t suck. Second reason is I always had Sony as TV-brand. I can’t recall a moment I didn’t.

So I call the store I wanted to go to first on Friday, which is a Krëfel in the Brussels area. Unfortunately, after 5 minutes of waiting because ‘all employees were on the phone” I hung up… No biggie, the store isn’t far away from my trajectory to home, I’ll just go.

I arrived there around 6 PM, no greetings from anyone, strange… Maybe because it’s already late? I don’t know…
Either way, I’m watching all the televisions in front of me and the usual 3 are well-represented: LG, Samsung and Sony.
All three have really amazing and finger licking designs and I knew from then on it won’t be an easy decision, but that’s why I need some professional advice from one of the employees here, they will help me, right…?

After at least 15 minutes walking around the television-isle I decided to go to the cashier to ask some help, but there wasn’t anyone, so I waited until I was greeted, which took another 2 minutes.
A young sales guy, not much older than 25 I guess, said hi and asked me how he could help me. I told him what you already read here above and so we went to the televisions.

We talked about the different brands, I told him my preference for Sony and weirdly enough it was his preference as well.

I gave him my checklist:

  • Needs to be 65″ or higher
  • Budget of 2500 € max
  • OLED or QLED
  • Needs to be in stock

He shows me the different models he has and there is this huge 75″ Sony LED TV that caught my eyes. No OLED quality but still very nice colors and kind of cheap for its size.
Although I would love to have such a big TV, it might be a bit too big and that my TV-table wouldn’t be big enough.
I ask him how wide the TV is, so I can have an idea. If its diagonal size is 75″, roughly estimated 178 cm, than I presume the width should be about 160 or 170 cm. That’s what I tell him.

My eyebrows did the Mexican wave when I heard his response: “Sir, the width is always greater than the diagonal size”

Flashback to when I was 14 years old. I was in third grade. 9h05 on a Tuesday-morning. Our math teacher Mr Nerinckx (or DJ Fred in his freetime) taught us for the first time about the Pythagorean theorem (for my Flemish friends: de stelling van Pythagoras).

The infamous a² + b² = c2


I can still remember the full-length version of the theorem, even 25 years later!
So I guess I need to thank my math teacher I still know this? Or curse him?

The most popular example of this theorem are televisions: first we had the 4/3’s and since several years it’s the 16/9 ratio.
It’s been stuck in my head since forever and I always thought it was common knowledge that the diagonal size is the longest of all.

But I was wrong and the sales guy didn’t believe me first and he even got a meter to check whether I was right or wrong.

At that moment I decided it was time to go home. The fact that he gently pushed me to buy the Sony 75″ TV (while it was not really what I wanted) and also because he didn’t know, as a TV-sales guy, that the diagonal size is bigger than the width, didn’t give me the desire to purchase a TV from him.


End of part 1, part 2 coming soon

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