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'Antiques Roadshow' Appraised a 2008 Flatscreen TV and It's Hilarious

"I don't have the remote anymore... I don't know how much that affects the value."
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We're pretty spoiled by the constant forward march of technology these days. So it's not unusual to hear someone refer to consumer electronics that are more than a year old as "antiques."

Of course, if you take more than a moment to think about that statement, it falls apart. Antiques gain value over time, and our mass-produced gadgets are practically worthless once an upgrade comes along ... or are they?

Nope, they're worthless. That's the hard truth Gizmodo writer Brian Barrett learned when he took his 2008 Toshiba flatscreen TV to be appraised on Antiques Roadshow. Below we've embedded the hilarious video, in which Barrett's "ancient" TV is treated like an actual antique, but you should certainly click through to read his account of the entire ordeal. Our favorite part is when Barrett asks whether his TV's two HDMI inputs are particularly "rare" for a 2008 model, and professional antiques dealer Gary Piattoni flatly responds, "No."

It's all in good fun though, and Piattoni eventually concludes that Barrett's 32" set might be worth $100 now, leading to what will surely be the most well-researched eBay listing of all time.

Check out the video below, and if you're tired of your own ancient set, bring your living room out of the Stone Age by browsing our HDTV deals.


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Marcy pens consumer news stories of all sorts, in addition to adding pithy prose to many of the roundups you see every day. Her work for DealNews has appeared on sites like Lifehacker, the Huffington Post, and MSN Money. She is by far the most metal member of the DealNews staff, and you can see why by following her on Twitter @ThatBonebright.
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Greg the Gruesome
You know what else is hilarious? That in the listing (or whatever you call it) for this article on the DealNews front pages, a writer for Gizmodo is called a journalist.
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