Dont Forget Your TV Buying Guide!

By: Ricky Richter

Purchasing a new television is often a difficult task, especially when you are on a very limited budget. You want the best value for your dollar and you want to be able to aquire your new TV with confidence and know that it will not fall apart the moment you set it up. Your ready to start your journey for the on the planet, but before you slam your vault energy drink and go trouncing thru Circuit City, Bestbuy, and the local flea market-holster that can of sugary caffeine water, sit down and ask these 8 important questions:

The word Cheap and a New TV

There is nothing wrong with wanting a good deal for a TV or anything else for that matter but, do you really desire a cheap TV? The word cheap is associated with poor quality and poor quality doesn't transpose great when it comes to a new TV so take that word out of your mind.Everyone has a bottom line, so the first thing you need to do is establish a dollar amount and switch the word "cheap" with "best deal for what you are prepared to spend".

Financing?

Now that you have established a dollar amount, are you going to pay cash or finance the tv? Sometimes you can get great bargins on financing like 0% interest for 1 year or no payments for 6 months. By financing your TV, your monthly dues will be naturally less than if you were to pay cash for it, which might allow for additional consideration to a nicer, bigger, newer, better TV. These deals are subject to the retailer so be sure to ask when you spot something you like.

Location

Where is the TV going to be located? In the bathroom while you pee pee? In your game room? Outside in your barn or in the living room? Know not only the room where the TV will be located but also measure the width and depth of the space it will be in such as a built-in entertainment center, mounted on a wall, or a TV stand. How far away will the TV be located from where you are watching? If you are aquiring a TV to view in your kitchen while you make spagetti and meatballs, a 65" LCD TV might be a bit to big and dominating for your 8×8 country kitchen area. General guidelines for rooms are:

-Kitchen, bathroom, garage-8?-22? (portable tvs are an option here)

-Bedrooms and guest rooms- 22?-30? screen

-Family room, living room, or game room- 32? and up depending on square footage.

Sort Term or Long Term?

How long do you plan to keep the TV for? With all the advancements in technology, it would be wise to spend a few extra bucks for a newer TV if you plan on keeping it for more than 2 years. Newer TVs have added extras like PIP (picture in picture), universal remotes, HDMI inputs, and HDTV resolution that is becoming more the norm now and are not usually found in TVs that are more than 8-10 years old. So make sure that IF you are serious about buying a TV, please consider the current functionality as well as the future functionality.

Warranty

If there is no warranty then don't bother. I know this is common sense but some people don't take this important aspect of buying a TV into consideration. These people are mostly the ones who are looking for a "cheap" TV at Al's Used TV Garage. Used TVs almost always do not have a warranty with them and new TVs typically carry a 90 day warranty with the option to extend the warranty. I don't recommend purchasing an extended warranty for an HDTV because according to Consumer Reports, the over-whelming majority of HD TVs do not need repair during the warrantee period. I would however recommend an extended warranty for Rear projection or CRT tube TVs because they seem to have more issues generally speaking.

Transporting Your New TV

How will you get the TV home? If you don't have a truck, van, or SUV or know someone who does, it might be difficult getting your television from the storefront to your family room if the television is over 32 inches. You also want to make sure that if you are using a truck that you have the proper bungee cords or straps to tie around and secure the TV. Please be careful when transporting the TV. You shouldn't set the TV screen side down or on its back because you will damage the screen and ruin your brand new TV before you can even begin to enjoy it. So bare in mind you will be restricted as to how you load the television and bare in mind the size of the box and the overall weight of the TV. This is why I prefer buying online. A lot of times if your purchase is above a certain dollar amount, you will receive free shipping and therefore, eliminate a lot if not all of the hassle of transporting the TV and even the hassle of jumping from place to place. Convenience is a major consideration here.

Online Research

Did you research different TVs via internet before you left the house? You will save lots and lots of time, money, and energy by looking things up on the net. Check out to make sure that what you are buying at the local merchant is the best deal that you are getting, if of course you plan on buying in person. Nothing can achieve this objective faster than looking it up on the web. Even if you plan on buying your TV from your local Bestbuy, go to their website and peruse what TVs they have in stock and match them up with other retailers. 9 times out of 10 you will find better deals on the net than any retail store so be sure not to leave this alternate option out. Another point worth mentioning is that you can not only examine many competitors at once but you can also read real customer reviews and feedback on just about any make and model TV there is. This way you can get a better understanding as to what TV would be best for your needs.

Well, there you have it. I hope that this article will be thought provoking enough to help to you in your quest for finding "the best deal for the amount of money you are prepared to spend". There are many sites on the net available to you which will point you in the right direction . So, now that you are properly preared, go ahead and whip out that sugarybottle of caffeine water, take a chug and get to it! And remember to take your time and have fun choosing your brand new television!

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