Ten Trips or a Tele?

$40K TV Triggers a Flurry of Hilarious Amazon Reviews

Costing ten times the price of a typical round the world ticket, you’d have to be a pretty serious about TV to part with the cash for a Samsung UN85S 85-Inch tele, something the witty members of the Amazon community have recently been highlighting.

Over the last few weeks, the $39,997.99 price tag of the 85 inch “beast” has sparked an hilarious string of sarcastic reviews on Amazon.com, with the bottom of the page quickly developing into something of an internet meme.

As much as we’d all love an 85 inch mini-cinema in our homes, when you consider that you could probably take at least half a dozen quite expensive gap years for the same price – travelling continuously for a half a decade or so – it’s not really hard to see why the cost of the monolithic electrical appliance has attracted so much attention.

“Most Helpful” Customer Reviews

While perhaps a little less “helpful” than usual, the review section makes for an amusing read. This is our pick of the very best of a great many sardonic reviews.

What wedding?

I was going to fund my daughter’s wedding in Hawaii, but I figured this Samsung TV would last much longer.

Back from the future...

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.

More realistic than reality

I must admit that I had a few reservations initially. Pay for college or buy the only thing that I'll ever need to buy again in my entire life... ever. After a period of much deliberation and soul-searching a realization hit me that rocked my world and blew my mind all over the room... free shipping. It took me only a few days to sell every worldly possession that my entire family and I hold dear but the worthwhileatude factor was completely worthwhile. Here I am sitting on the curb outside what used to be home, watching the last thing that I'll ever need to watch. Buy it now! Free shipping!

There's more to this thing than meets the eye

A very strange thing happened after we set-up this TV in our living room. A gang of man-apes suddenly ran in and began staring at it in awe, jumping around and even stroking it with their hands. Then one of the apes picked up a huge turkey leg-bone leftover from our lunch and began beating another ape with it!

What was that all about?

Almost a killer deal!

I almost purchased this because who can resist a purchase when it's been discounted $5,002.00!!! However, once I saw the Energy Guide rating, I quickly reconsidered. While I find this item an absolute steal, there is no possible way I can afford to spend $55/year on energy costs, which are only going to increase with time.

Buyer beware, Samsung almost got me with this one. Well played Samsung... well played!

Good for kids? NOT!

I bought this TV for my day-care. NOT a good idea. I can't get the kids down for their naps because they think Barney will eat them in their sleep. There goes my break.

Haven't actually bought it yet. Thinking about it

Has anyone bought this yet? My wife told me that she would leave me if I purchased it and I was wondering if this TV would be worth it.

Would you pay $23k for an extra inch?

$40k gets you 85" of Samsung bliss where Sony and Toshiba charge you $17k for a measly 84".

Well, I'll tell you that it was totally worth it. Whenever we go over to my neighbor Jim's house, my wife and I quietly snigger over his little 84". Yeah Jim, we know that's a hairpiece too.


I have to believe when Jesus returns to earth, this will be the only TV through which he will be viewable - for this reason, I find the price to be acceptable.

Best poolside model yet

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.

Too big

Absolutely worthless for watching midget porn. They all look normal size. And the remote control by hand gesture feature has some serious drawbacks...

About 65 inches too big

Bought one on a whim this weekend while running errands, but quickly returned it when I realized it wouldn't fit in the trunk of my car. Wouldn't recommend to anyone who drives a '92 Ford Fiesta.

First upgrade since 1974

This was my first upgrade since 1974, had to send it back as there was no channel-changer knob or volume control. Stuck watching Wheel of Fortune and other shows I don't like. Recommend buying after they iron out the kinks.

Now I get it

At first I thought it sounded expensive, but then I saw that batteries are included. That's when we decided to go for it and we're glad we did.

I'll miss you Mister Tiggums

Great unit... the only problem is that it puts out so many lumens of HD TV power that it vaporized my cat. All I have left to remember Mister Tiggums is a Hiroshima-like flash-shadow on the far wall of my apartment. Judging by the shadow, he was licking himself when he was nuked by 85 inches of Samsung awesomeness. All I can say is that he went out a happy cat!

I can see individual pixels

I bought it for gaming but Minecraft still looks the same. Very disappointing. I really thought this would improve my gaming experience dramatically.

Love the box

I was looking around for something I could buy that would have a large box. My kids really love making them into forts. I would say the joy on their face after I threw out the tv and gave them the box was worth every thousand. My cat loves it also, can't get him out of it.

Read more, or spend a small fortune?

There are loads more very funny reviews on the Amazon page, including a lot which were far too long to reproduce here. If this has whet your appetite (of if you're actually interested in parting with 40,000 US dollars for a TV) check out the Samsung UN85S9 product page.

So, only one question remains:

10 round the world trips, or 1 really huge TV? Let us know in the comments below.