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Topics: TV, Shopping, New Year, VAT

Friday, 31 December 2010

image for Man Buys Last Minute Thing at 11.59pm New Year's Eve
Wrong Colour, I Know. Just Picture It Black, With Sony Emblazened on the Front

BIRMINGHAM, ENG. - At a local PC World superstore Jack Smith was buying a 50-inch (127cm) Sony Bravia 3D just in time to beat the 1st Jan VAT rise in Britain.

The VAT rise means that the price of the TV could rise from £600 (US$935) to £700 (US$1090).

However, unluckily for Jack, the barcode was halfway across the laser sensor when 0000GMT occured, leaving Jack with half a TV with the original VAT and half with the new VAT.

It cost him £650 (US$1010) in total.

"I'm not chuffed," he said. "I got half the pixels in one decade, and the other half in the next decade. Not good, I tell ya. Still, decent TV. I can watch it with me whole family."

I then informed him that he needed separate 3D glasses for each person.

"What?" he exclaimed. "How much is them?" I pointed to a display box.

"£100 (US$160) for a pack of four?" I shook my head. "Oh crap. £150 (US$240) for a pack of four, today isn't it?"

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