Proscan TVProblem with ProScan TV - Thomson, Inc.

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The remote sensor of our 5-year-old 32-inch Proscan TV broke TWICE within a year. At the second time when the same part went bad (May 2006), I didn't want to fix it without knowing what's causing the problem; rahter, I wanted to buy a new more-dependable TV. Thomson, which is the manufacturer of
ProScan/RCA TVs, could not answer my question, but their representative told me to get it fixed by the authorized repair company in town (we hired them.), Tyler's TV, again, then get the money ($89.95) back from Thomson. I trusted his words, got it fixed, and sent the letter of explanation and copies of receipts as instructed by this representative, instead of getting the money back from Tyler's TV and toss this costly TV. However, I had not received any response or refund by Thomson for the past two months. I myself called them today only to find out that Thomson changed their minds (Today's rep said to me "it was two months ago" - meaning their response is different now.) and decided not to give me the money back. The fix is already done two months ago. I can't call Tyler's TV now to void the fix
and give me the money back. Is Thomson a reputable and trustworthy company? Do a consumer always have to cry over the spilt milk? Any comment will be appreciated.


following is the complaint letter I sent to their Headquarter:

July 10, 2006

Consumer Relations
Thomson, Inc.

Re: case# 11X09 (#11LPM)

To whom it may concern,

I am writing this letter today to claim the reimbursement of $89.95 from Thomson, Inc. On May 19, 2006, your representative Albert @ [protected] told me to send the letter of explanation with copies of receipts, and I will get the money back from Thomson, Inc. So I followed the instruction.
However, I did not receive any refund, phone call or even letter to follow up on the issue. I finally called today to inquire about it, and Jeffery at the same phone number told me that the company had received my letter on May 23, 2006, but had decided not to give the money back.

Prior to sending the letter to you, I had spoken with several people of Thomson, Inc., including technical support, trying to find out what’s wrong with our remote sensor of TV, which had been broken twice within a year. Nobody could explain it; therefore, I decided NOT to fix this Thomson TV and
buy a new TV, instead of spending another $89.95 to fix it. I made an appointment with Tyler’s TV, your authorized repair company, to get the new part off our TV and give us the money back. It was set. Then, Albert, your customer representative, told me I don’t need to do it; rather, I would get the money back from the company. It was a good news to me. So I went ahead and canceled the visit by Tyler’s TV, wrote the letter to Thomson and waited for the money back from the comapny.

Two months later, not only I did not receive $89.95 back, no one from your company even confirmed that they received my letter; no one from your company called me or wrote to me to tell me that Thomson changed their mind and decided not to give the refund to me. Jeffery even told me that the
refund was promised 2 months ago, now they say no refund. Can a reputable company change their mind like that? How can I request Tyler’s TV now to come back to my house, get the new part (now 2 months old) out and give me the money back? Would you call Mr. Tyler and ask it?

I fully trusted your company and your representative’s words, so I canceled Mr. Tyler’s appointment two months ago. How can I ask him to give me the money back now because Thomson changed their minds? This is absolutely ridiculous.

At the end, Jeffery told me to write to you to solve this issue. The whole case is written in your case files of #11X09 (and #11LPM). Please give me the money back as promised.



Leesburg, VA 20175

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  • Re
    Regg Jan 01, 2008
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    I agree totaly...I get no respnse either for just a simple solution to the remote/laoding the cable or an extention for audio


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  • Ga
    garth Mar 20, 2008
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    I was going to buy a 32 inch lcd proscan but after reading this i will buy a tv from a reputable company. thank you for the heads up on the ### service you are getting. spread the word and put these ###s outta business.

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  • Kj
    kjkjl Mar 09, 2009

    Yukio, No offense-but DUH, what is a 'reputable company' in the third world?

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  • El
    Elain Bailey Mar 24, 2009

    This company does not care if they do not have a good reputation. The same happens to my tv.It has been 3 months and I still not gottten anywhere, after many phone call. Dolly

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  • Gu
    GuyRoy Mar 28, 2009

    I have been dealing with a burnt out pixel issue for over 2 months now and can not seem to get a response out of these people. A compny to avoid and spread the word about.

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  • Ra
    rad Apr 16, 2009

    I had a Proscan TV years ago and it was the best TV I ever owned and just recently purchased a 32 inch and it is a piece of crap I will never ever own another!

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  • Da
    Daril May 05, 2009

    I bought a 32" Proscan from Sears, it too is a piece of crap, not only will Proscan service not call back after calling them and reaching nothing but an answering machine 6 times, Sears refuses to help saying it's a manufacturer's warranty, nothing they can do about it even though the tv is only 5 months old. Trash can product and trash can marketing!

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  • Wa
    warren Jun 01, 2009

    This company is a real rip-off and we all should join forces and sue the hell out of them. They don't give a damn about making things right with the consumer. It's been just about three months since my 32" has been broken and all I get is smoke blown up my ###! I'm dealing with Tyler TV repair and these guy are great and I feel sorry I got me involved with such a an unprofessional company. Proscan and Thomson, Inc our as worthless as Dick Cheney and a three dollar bill!

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  • Ma
    maria Jun 11, 2009

    I been calling to Proscan several times because, my TV still under manufacturer guaranty and I have been triying to get the costumer services to unswer my call, this never happened.Maria

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  • Ba
    bashamd Sep 25, 2009

    I have a 32" Proscan that goes black on the screen after about 20minutes. The sound is still there but the picture is blank. I can turn it off for five minutes and then get a picture for another 20 minutes but then it goes blank, again. I would not recommend a Proscan Tv to anyone.
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  • En
    energylife Dec 11, 2009

    wow really? Costco is selling two 40 inch tv's for next to nothing. I thought it was too good to be true. Thanks so much for this post I will not be purchasing them now. Damn now I have to save more moolah to get a real tv. Any suggestions?

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  • Fl
    FLGal Dec 27, 2009

    We bought a proscan in June, it has recently been getting hot, and there is a burning, toxic smell. We called Best Buy and were told that they would not take the TV back, but would be happy to ship it to Thompson's for them to repair. This could take a month or more. My husband told them that this would be difficult as we don't have another television. He was then informed that he could just buy another TV to watch, and as soon as his TV came back from the repair shop he could "return" the other TV.

    If they won't take back the one we have now do they seriously think we would come in and buy another!!! LOL no, I don't believe they would take it back.

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  • Li
    lisamike09 Dec 30, 2009

    we got a proscan tv from kmart in sevierville tn 37876 and when we plug it in no power but power box lights up green could u please let me know what we can do thank u.

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  • So
    Sojeong Mar 24, 2010

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  • Mr
    M. Rodriguez May 01, 2010

    we just bought a 40" proscan LCD, and love everything about it, except for the lack of quality sound. this is our first hdtv and everything about it is so much better than the old clunker we had. however, after reading these reviews I wish I had waited to afford to buy a more reputable hdtv. But you can't cry over this; I am grateful for this new tv, my husband and I are totally enjoying it. Any suggestions on adapting speakers and surround sound? Much appreciated, thanks.

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  • Th
    The Henge Aug 25, 2010

    Biggest P.O.S I bought the one and only thing I will ever buy from HGTV came with the dvd playera nd surround sound neither of those work and now I just get the greaan screen on the T.V. SO I have to shut off and turn back on far too often. 37" LCD model

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  • Ke
    ken carnahan Oct 04, 2010

    we have a 32 inch proscan and the sound went out, i cant figure it out, i think its gone for going to try to calling proscan to see if they can help, but reading all these complaints has got me worried

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  • At
    AtomicDog Oct 31, 2010

    Just bought a Proscan 40LD45Q 40" LCD about 3 months ago. Beautiful picture, but now it does not turn on. The blue light will come on for a few seconds, then turn back to red. Then it will have no response. I unplug it and it will do the same when I power it up again. After it turns red, there is no response whatsoever, until I unplug and plug it back in again. Who do you call for that?

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  • Ar
    arlyn johnson Feb 22, 2011

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  • Rg
    rgmbem Apr 21, 2011

    This comapny need to recall the 42 inch Prscan TV, Our started smoking and u can smell the wires or something buring. The TV is only 2 years old, And Sears wont take it back or anything. was on the phone wit them for 49 mins. Dont buy from this company beening they dont worried about that product catching fire

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  • SearsCare Apr 21, 2011
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    Dear rgmbem,

    I am sorry to hear about the issue that you are having with your TV. I saw this comment and I wanted to reach out to you to see if we could be of assistance. We would like to look into this on your behalf to see how we can resolve this to your satisfaction.
    My name is Misty with Sears Cares and we would like to discuss this with you further. At your convenience, please contact my office via email at [protected] so we can help. In the email, please provide a contact phone number and the phone number the TV was purchased under (if different than the contact phone number) and we will call you directly. Also, in your email, please provide the screen name (rgmbem) you used to post on this site, for reference to your issue, and we do look forward to talking to you soon.

    Thank you,

    Misty H.
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  • Da
    Dal Cole May 11, 2011

    My televison is still under warranty by manufacter but i am unable to get a working number.

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  • Ja
    Jan Wagner Aug 27, 2011

    I bought a Proscan Lcd tv/dvd #37LB30QD. Whn I power on, the blue light will come on for a few seconds, then turn back to red. Then it will have no response. I unplug it and it will do the same when I power it up again. After it turns red, there is no response whatsoever. We try to turn it on for hours and finally it will turn on occassionally .. like maybe every 3rd week. I have done a lot of research on the internet and this is being reported on several models all over web. How do you start a recall or class action suit? By the way this has happened before: 'consumer product class action which resulted in a settlement of $100 million in cash for consumers of approximately 6 million affected RCA, GE and PROSCAN televisions across the country. ' I wonder if they put the leftover parts in this model!

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    Kazman Oct 03, 2011

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    bringam Mar 12, 2012
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    We bought a 42 inch proscan and totally agree with screen name -rgmbem this TV should be recalled. My husband and I bought it from Sears about 4 yrs ago. My 11 yr old son was watching TV the other day when he noticed that smoke was coming out from the top of the TV, he went over by the TV and it smelled like it was burning. He called us into the room to come right away and my husband turned off the TV right away and unplugged it from the wall. This could have caught on fire and caused harm to our child. I consider Sears a reputable company that stands behind their product and noticing the other complaint listing above makes me think twice about purchasing other products from Sears again unless something is done to take care of the issue at hand. I have emailed Misty H. a Social Media Moderator for Sears in hopes that she will take care of this issue. I will remove my complaint or readdress once this is taken care of.

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  • Wi
    williebobo Aug 17, 2012

    I am so happy that i read this post cause i was thinking of buying a pro scan.we should all get to make
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    they can take care of the problem. we have to start to fight back with these company. we buy it from a big company then
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  • Ga
    gayle lynne Dec 25, 2012

    I have had this TV for 6 weeks and the sound is completely gone. I have tried everything. The picture shows but no sound!!!

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  • Sw
    sweetsienna Mar 08, 2013

    Same here proscan turns off after seconds wont turn back on. Only a few years old from costco. It's very frustrating for months it sits broken in my bedroom. I dont replace it because it looks still brand new but doesnt work.

    What do you recommend besides replacing it. At this point I will never by proscan again.

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  • Md
    MDonovan May 13, 2013

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    Uugene Dec 08, 2013

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    Plain Over it Jun 19, 2014

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    Just the facts, Aug 04, 2014

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  • Jp
    JPB7 Aug 10, 2014

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    From the beginning the sound was off, it kept fluctuating during the shows (commercials were even worse when it would go way up). I figured I would just adjust it when necessary.
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  • An
    Anti-Proscan Feb 02, 2015

    Both my kids received Proscan 32' as gifts and both went out within a month apart. The TVs aren't even 2 years old. I don't recommend this brand to anyone.

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  • Ve
    Very unhappy couple Mar 23, 2015

    Our 50" proscan tv just gave out, a year and 5 months old. No picture but sound. My fiancé called the company and they told him nothing they could do because it is past warranty . They told him to drive 2 hours to get it repaired, our expense and it would cost $40 just for the repair guy to look at it, and anywhere from $300-$400 to repair it. This is redicious!!! The company would not offer anything. This company sucks and should be looked into with the crappy products they are selling. This is not good enough!!!they should rename there product " ProSCAM"!! You just lost our business and we will be telling others!!

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    ms m2 Sep 09, 2015

    We are having the same issue as many of you - 50 inch LED Proscan TV suddenly would not come on - no lights at all. We tried everything. Nothing worked. The manufacturer's (Curtis) customer service center was no help at all, and neither was their website. I think we should boycott any store that sells this and any other incredibly lousy product. We bought ours at Kmart.

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    Rod23 Nov 08, 2015

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