Spend Less Save More: Tips for buy a TV and saving
It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all of the choices, and it can also be easy to overspend. Here are some simple ways to make sure you get the best deal. Here seven simple tips for buying your next TV:
Buy at the right time-You might be thinking that the right time to buy a new television is during all those crazy Black Friday sales and on occasion you are right. There are always amazing deals on TVs on Black Friday, but unfortunately, the stock is usually limited and shopping on this day can be stressful. If you aren’t up for the early-morning madness, wait until right after the Super Bowl- February. Stores are known to stock up on televisions between the months of November and February for the holiday rush and Super Bowl parties, but often has an abundance of unsold stock come the day after.
Rebates, Rebates, Rebates.When you start shopping for a new TV, the first things you will probably look at are the prices and current sales going on in stores and on sites such as Best Buy and Amazon. After researching the TV you want don’t forget to check out the manufacturer websites to see what rebates and special offers are going on. Manufacturer websites will often have special deals such as a free product with purchase, rebates or free trial channels with the purchase of one of their TVs. Many of these offers can be redeemed no matter where you purchased the TV, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the sales associates at the store will be familiar with them. However, some of the special offers are only available by purchasing through the manufacturer’s website and can change weekly so check the site often.
Don’t buy the extended warranty.I know that some people just feel much better about a product when they buy an extended warranty and it gives them less to worry about. However, the majority of people who purchase extended warranties never have to use them. Fortunately, these days most products are made well enough that if they do break, it usually happens while the item is still covered by the manufacturer. This is why Consumer Reports actually recommends that you skip extended warranties on electronics. Since the average cost of an extended warranty in stores is around $73, you can save yourself a good bit of money. Just one more reason you should skip it is that many credit cards such as American Express and Discover offer extended warranties on items purchased with their card for one year after the manufacturer warranty has expired. If your credit card offers this feature, you just got yourself an extended warranty for free.
Look for open-box items.It’s tempting to just shop online when it comes to electronics, but it can really pay to actually visit brick-and-mortar stores. Stores will often have open-box items available, and the discounts can be significant. These are usually items that have been returned within the return period (and deemed free of any defects) or items that have had the box damaged during transit. I actually purchased an open-box television about three years ago and managed to save about 30 percent! If you follow tip number one and shop right after the Super Bowl, you may see some open-box items from people who purchased a new TV to watch the big game on and then decided to return it. And yes, that does actually happens.
Skip the extras These days there are tons of specialty features on TVs such as iPhone docks, 3D, and Internet connectivity. Before you buy into any of these features, think about how often you would really use them. Sure, they’re a lot of fun, but they’re also completely unnecessary and may blow your budget out of the water. You may spend the first week playing with these features, but after the novelty wears off, chances are you may never use them.
Don’t buy expensive cables If you purchase your TV in a store, the salesman is immediately going to ask you if you need any cables, as well. If you do need to purchase new cables, don’t be swayed by the claims on the higher-priced models most experts agree, there is no significant difference between a cheap cable and then the $50.00 models. In fact, CNET actually recommends that you don’t spend more than id="mce_marker"0 on a standard 6-foot HDMI cable, and you can usually find them for just a couple of bucks on Amazon.
Beware of “vivid” mode If you’ve ever walked into an electronics store and thought that all of the TVs look amazingly bright and vivid, you’re right they all do. Many stores actually manipulate the settings by altering the contrast and placing them on “vivid” mode to make them look more vibrant. Some stores are extra sneaky and only put the higher-priced TVs on “vivid” mode to make them look more appealing than their lower-priced counterparts. Instead, ask the sales associate to change the setting to “normal,” which is the setting most people use in their home. This will give you a much more realistic feel of what that TV would actually look like in your home.
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