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FakeTV Is Better Than Real TV,
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I bought one of these to put in a vacant rental property. On the first night I got a call from a nearby older property owner wanting to know when the new renter moved in, who they were, and where they worked. I really struggled with telling them that it was FakeTV. I didn't really want them to know that the house was still empty and would be for another few weeks. That person was so impressed with the illusion of someone being in residence that they asked if I would get them one too. On my next Amazon order, I got them their own FakeTV and showed them how it works. The way I see it, the more homes in the neighborhood look occupied, the less likely the neighborhood is to have a break-in problem. All of the property owners win. By the way, I've since used this in my home while on vacation. Combine FakeTV with with a couple of small lamps on random timers and it looks like I never left home.
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Initial post: Dec 22, 2014 8:47:33 PM PST
This is about the only use I can see for the faketv, other than for people who don't know how to set the timer feature on their TV. Why bother putting a real TV in a vacant house if the chance of it being stolen is high? But to run a 40" TV for 12 hours a day for 2 weeks a year costs about $1.66 in electricity. At that rate, it would take 24 years to break even with your $40 investment in the faketv. And a real TV has audio which the faketv doesn't. What are you going to do when a thief actually looks in your window and sees the little light box glowing? What about the daytime when this device would be useless? Good for a vacant rental house, but not a replacement for a real TV in someone's home.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2015 4:20:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 18, 2015 4:21:17 PM PDT
You break even long before that because all electronics have a lifespan. By using a FakeTV you not only are saving electricity you are saving wear and tear on your TV.
Lots of modern electronics cost less to replace the entire thing than repair. So if you put unnecessary stress on the components of your TV and something goes out, it might cost more to repair than replace.
You also don't let people look into your window to see the box. You use it with shades, or on an upper-level window.
For audio you can get a cheap MP3 player and plug it into AC alongside the FakeTV. Make your own mix of TV audio, plug in external speakers, put it in shuffle and loop, and hit play. This works in the daytime, too.
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