View Full Version : Reconditioned color TVs from $89 - 1980


old_tv_nut
06-23-2017, 12:11 PM
1980 TV Commercial for Blewski's TV in Rochester NY, advertising reconditioned color TVs for $89 and up, some with 30 day warranty.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-HCISLb5wA

Also, Blewski's hat on ebay (no connection)

Audio isn't very clear, but sounds like Culver between Norton and Keeler Expressway to me?

old_tv_nut
06-23-2017, 12:22 PM
Just noticed that they show the address, 2334 Culver, on a TV set, and it looks like they did it with a slide inserted in their B&K analyst, which is seen in a later shot.

Edit: looking closer, I'm not so sure they did it with the B&K rather than some artwork at the TV studio.

Here's the location on Google street view.

old_tv_nut
06-23-2017, 01:27 PM
Doh - just realized this belongs in rectangular - if a mod can move it, thank you very much!

TVTim
06-23-2017, 08:16 PM
Cool commercial.

mr_fixer
06-23-2017, 08:27 PM
I bet the color roundie on the showroom floor was the one that could have been bought for $89.
Where is my time machine?

Betamax
06-23-2017, 09:25 PM
Holy crap! Look at all those vacuum tube color TVs-Gotta have all of these-whoa!

Jon A.
06-24-2017, 09:18 AM
Whoa, treasure! I'll have everything other than the roundies (I think I see part of one more) and the B&Ws. Lots of collectors after those so it's win-win.

DavGoodlin
06-24-2017, 04:57 PM
I could have been one of those guys. Trying to pick winners and losers would get old. You could have a lot of hours into an $89 special like a portacolor and only clean the tuner on a Zenith chroma color that would fetch almost 200

DavGoodlin
06-24-2017, 05:03 PM
Whoa, treasure! I'll have everything other than the roundies (I think I see part of one more) and the B&Ws. Lots of collectors after those so it's win-win.

I bet the color roundie on the showroom floor was the one that could have been bought for $89.
Where is my time machine?

I swear I was the only fan of roundies in the late 70s. I worked on quite a few of them bought this way. Bad flys were the final curtain for them though:sigh:

Jon A.
06-24-2017, 05:38 PM
I swear I was the only fan of roundies in the late 70s. I worked on quite a few of them bought this way. Bad flys were the final curtain for them though:sigh:
Even those I'm interested in could be a lot more popular in a couple of decades, who knows. In the meantime, the more obscurities I can get my hands on the better.