Dec. 10, 2013 -- intro: Amazon reviewers were having a field day writing comments about a $40,000 Samsung Ultra HD LED television, with satirical reviews focused on the item's price.
After Business Insider pointed out the best of the comments, the reactions continued to pile on -- with 629 customer reviews as of Tuesday morning.
Whether sarcastic or not, the reviewers seem to like the television. There are only three left in stock as of Tuesday morning and the product has an average rating of four stars, according to the Amazon product page.
The 85-inch television is officially $39,997.88 on Amazon, allowing buyers to save 11 percent or $5,002. While the Smart LED television has the latest features, such as voice control, Smart Touch Remote Control, built-in Wi-Fi and subwoofer, it's quite a jump in price compared to televisions that Amazon says are "similar" to it, such as the $16,999 LG Electronics LED-LCD HDTV and $12,999 Toshiba 84-inch LED HDTV.
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In addition to the Amazon reviews are some chuckle-worthy commentary in the Q&A section, with Amazon users posting and answering each other, such as:
Q: Will the Amazon drone deliver this?
A: Actually, I believe that Optimus Prime will deliver it for you and have Bumblebee set it up for you...
Q: I want put two of these into the ceiling over my bed and play Shark Week so I can trick my wife into thinking our house sunk into the ocean. Possible?
A: You prankster, you. Yes, it's possible and a great idea. She is lucky to have you in her life.
Samsung did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Possibly even more enlightening is not just the number of reviews but that Amazon users are tagging them as "helpful."
Here are some of the most "helpful" rated reviews, verbatim, of the television.
quicklist: title: Did you see it comes with FREE Batteries?category: 5-starstext: 1,550 of 1,661 people found the following review helpful:
At first I hesitated to make the purchase, but then I saw the two AA batteries were free with the remote, and I was all in! Having this really fills in that empty space we called a bathroom!
quicklist:title: Back from the future...category: 5-starstext:767 of 819 people found the following review helpful:
I am coming back from the future to write this review, and to let everyone know you can buy this TV for $699 in 2015. It still looks great though.
quicklist:title: So sadcategory: 1-startext: 1,008 of 1,092 people found the following review helpful:
It makes those abused animal commercials with the sarah mclachlan music playing so much sadder when the one-eyed pug is 4 feet tall.
quicklist:title: Best poolside model yetcategory: 5-starstext: 779 of 845 people found the following review helpful:
It fits perfectly into the arms of the T-Rex fossil I just brought home from China. It's like YOU KNEW, Samsung. Thank you.
quicklist:title: Worth it...well, for me anyway.category: 5-starstext: 616 of 735 people found the following review helpful:
When comparing TVs here, I saw Amazon also sells an 84" Toshiba model for just $13K. But I got this one instead, and haven't regretted the purchase, because as a rather insecure male, it's well worth the extra $27K to have that extra inch.
quicklist: title: Very satisfiedcategory: 5-starstext: 7,302 of 7,443 people found the following review helpful:
My wife and I bought this after selling our daughter Amanda into white slavery. We actually got a refurbished. It's missing the remote, but oh well-- for $10K off, I can afford a universal, right? The picture is amazing. I've never seen the world with such clarity.
Amanda, if you're reading this, hang in there, honey! We'll see you in a year.
I just wanted to add an addendum to my review. Since posting it, we have received a flood of responses. People have said some pretty hurtful things--even questioning our values. Let me assure you, this was not an easy decision to make, and we made it as a family. Obviously, it's very personal. But in light of all the second-guessing, I wanted to explain our thinking.
First and foremost, screen size. I really think you can't go too big. 85" may seem huge, but you get used to it fast. Second, resolution. Is 4K overkill? Please, that's what they said about 1080P! More dots = better. Period. And as far as this being a $40,000 "dumb" TV, people need to re-read my initial post: WE BOUGHT IT REFURBISHED. It was only $30,000.
Some of you may think I'm avoiding the "elephant in the room"-the real reason why this was such a heart-wrenching choice. So let's just get it out there. Yes, the 120 Hz refresh rate is a disappointment, especially on a 4K. But life is full of compromises. And frankly, we hardly notice. All in all, no regrets.
P.S., as for our daughter, NO ONE has the right to question our parenting. Totally out of bounds. Amanda was going into 7th grade, so it was going to be a transitional year anyway. Now she gets to see the world. How many kids her age get to go to Bahrain? I sure as heck didn't, but you don't hear me screaming "child abuse." Bottom line: MYOB! Seriously.