Samsung's $40,000 HDTV sparks hilarious Amazon reviews

Dylan Stableford
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Samsung's 85-inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV. List price: $44,999.99. (Amazon.com)

Who would pay $40,000 for an HD television?

That's what some Amazon users are wondering about Samsung's 85-inch, "4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV," which the website is offering at the discounted price of $39,997.99, or $5,000 (11 percent) off its $45,000 list price. Shipping is free.

The 189-pound ultraslim TV with stand and built-in subwoofer boasts hand and voice controls.

"Whether it's your voice or a simple hand gesture ... controlling your TV is easier than ever before," the product's description reads. "You can talk to your TV in more natural ways such as asking, 'What action movies are on', or you can perform all the basic commands such as 'record', 'last channel' and 'turn on'. You also can use hand gestures to browse the new intuitive Smart Hub, a central, easy-to-navigate hub of all your favorite content."

And with the "new Smart Evolution Kit," the TV's software automatically updates, "so you can keep enjoying new features without having to get a new TV."

But it's the $40,000 price tag that Amazon reviewers have seized upon.

"I bought this TV as an attempt to brighten up the main foyer of my 14th century Castle," Travis C. Meidell wrote. "I had found when I came home from pillaging the nearby villages that everything just looked so gray and lonely. But with the addition of this TV, a couch from IKEA and some throw pillows, I am ready to have guests over to watch episodes of Breaking Bad anytime."

"I needed an additional television for my breezeway walking from the side courtyard to the master quarters," another reviewer wrote. "Ever since Carlton renovated the elephant exhibit, I only have the noise of the waterfall and the harp player outside. Regardless, I love how easily it was for the commoners to attach the television to work with the people mover we have around the complex. I had to order 3 more, 1 for the master bath, 1 for the tennis court and I felt the 70 inch 3D television the commoners had in their basement dwellings needed an upgrade. I do say, I wish it was available in solid gold or platinum. That way I could easily distinguish what quadrant of the complex I'm in."

According to Amazon, just three are left in stock, with two used (from $31,499) and two "refurbished" (from $35,000) units available. But don't worry more are on the way.

"My wife and I bought this after selling our daughter Amanda into white slavery," James Thach wrote. "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."

"At first I hesitated to make the purchase," Cheryl Gustafson wrote, "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!"

"We got this beauty to replace the bridge's main viewscreen after the last time Sulu traded paint with the Excelsior," a "J.T. Kirk" wrote in his review, entitled "Great Replacement TV!!!" "And thanks to Spock's idea to gaffer tape the remote to my left-hand armrest on the Captain's chair I can now 'mute' Khan whenever he starts ranting about Antares Maelstroms and perdition's flames and whatnot."

The listing also sparked several "Fresh Prince"-inspired reviews.

"We originally got this television when our nephew moved in," the user "Vivian Banks" wrote. "You see, our nephew was born and bred in West Philadelphia, where he spent most of his days playing basketball and relaxing. That was until a couple of guys who were up to no good started making trouble. It seems he got into one little fight, my sister got scared and told him he was moving in with myself and my husband here in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles."

It isn't the first time an Amazon listing has gone viral. Bic's line of pens for women ("BIC Cristal For Her Ball Pen") led to similar sarcastic reviews when it debuted in 2010.

"Someone has answered my gentle prayers and FINALLY designed a pen that I can use all month long!" Tracy Hamilton wrote. "I use it when I'm swimming, riding a horse, walking on the beach and doing yoga. It's comfortable, leak-proof, non-slip and it makes me feel so feminine and pretty!"

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