In Summer 2006, I bought an Ikea corner entertainment center. Had enough shelves to handle all the gear, fit neatly in the corner out of direct sunlight. And was proportioned for a widescreen TV.
Last year I started doing research to find a widescreen TV to fit that space (while still leaving room for cooling airspace, our switchboxes, Wii sensor, etc.) I found exactly one: a 30" diagonal CRT with old and digital tuning. But the measurements said it would fit perfectly, so I pencilled it in. Since it was only sold through Evil Big Box Discounter, the price was reasonable, too.
And then the model was discontinued over the winter. Which meant finding it one of our local stores would be the wildest stroke of luck. Still, you never know, so I went looking yesterday after work. And found one on the first try. But no price was listed for it. I came home, checked the credit card balance to be double-sure there was room, called the store and got a quote: $249. So I hotfooted it back to the store and snapped it up, and was charged: $199. For a 30" widescreen CRT SDTV. That's actually less expensive than the 25" standard stereo TV I bought 8 years ago.
Getting the thing home in the back of a Kia subcompact wagon was an adventure I leave to the imagination. But thanks to careful cord planning last summer, the swap-out only took a few minutes. Ditto the moving of the 25" stereo TV to replace the 19" non-stereo TV in the master bedroom. I will probably move the 19" to the garage to keep me company when I'm working out there. And the 13" in the garage will probably be retired to the landfill. Or maybe given away at work.