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Best place to buy a TV

Post by ThankYouJack » Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:04 pm

I'm planning to buy a TV, probably online because even Best Buy doesn't have it in their store. Do all major online retailers charge sales tax now? Do any sites offer rebates (like ActiveJunky except for electronics and not sporting goods)?

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Post by DanMahowny » Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:15 pm

Bought my tv's at Costco.

Good prices, used cc for cash rebate, excellent return policy, and doubled the warranty.
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Post by Iliketoridemybike » Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:17 pm

Second Costco.

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Re: Best place to buy a TV

Post by Watty » Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:27 pm

+1 on Costco.

Normally Costco gives a 2 year warranty on their TV's and if you buy it with a Costco credit card they will double that to four years.

One thing I noticed when I bought my last TV there was that they had more models on the warehouse floor than what they were showing on the internet so it is worth going into your local Costco.

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Re: Best place to buy a TV

Post by Alexa9 » Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:44 pm

Costco, Best Buy, Walmart, and Amazon all have good prices. Easy to compare online once you narrow down what TV you want.

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Post by VegasBH » Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:56 pm

I bought my last tv from amazon because i get free delivery and setup.

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Post by ellvizzle » Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:05 pm

I bought my last two tv's at Costco, too--great price for the quality. Have also found good deals at Target.

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Post by Mudpuppy » Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:11 pm

ThankYouJack wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:04 pm
I'm planning to buy a TV, probably online because even Best Buy doesn't have it in their store. Do all major online retailers charge sales tax now? Do any sites offer rebates (like ActiveJunky except for electronics and not sporting goods)?
I assume that since you say Best Buy doesn't have it, that you are looking for a very specific TV model. I would suggest plugging that model into a search tool like Google Shopping, see what vendors sell the TV, and then do some web searching to see what sort of deals you can land for those vendors and/or that brand of TV.

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Post by Doom&Gloom » Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:13 pm

I bought all three of my plasma sets online--from three different retailers. You just have to shop around for the best prices for the set you want. All three had free delivery and none charged sales tax. Nowadays some online retailers charge sales tax, but others don't. You often need to place the item in your "cart" to see if taxes or other fees are added. I never had a problem with a delivery.

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Post by ThankYouJack » Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:21 pm

Thanks for the replies. Yes, it's a specific model and all the prices seem to be about the same (within $3) from reputable retailers. I didn't see it on costco.com. It looks like abt.com has free shipping and no sales tax so I'll probably go with them.

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Post by Toons » Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:40 pm

Sams
Costco
Amazon
Walmart
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Re: Best place to buy a TV

Post by Murgatroyd » Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:41 pm

So you know, Abt is a large and very reputable company.

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Post by Doom&Gloom » Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:47 pm

You are probably already aware, but some credit cards extend your warranty on such purchases--as well as offering cash-back.

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Post by bob60014 » Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:49 pm

No problems with ABT, it's our go to place in the Chicago area.

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Post by pfrank » Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:45 am

Crutchfield. They price match. They have very knowledgeable staff and free tech support for life. Free shipping. No tax outside of Virginia. I live in MA and I get my items from them within two days.

When I was buying my new TV, I was surprised that all of the places I looked at (Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Crutchfield, local tv/appliance store) had similar prices. Everyone was pretty much within $10 on a 60” 4K TV. Crutchfield stood out because of their excellent sales staff.

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Re: Best place to buy a TV

Post by Bacchus01 » Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:55 am

If you want the latest and greatest, Best Buy or online.

If you want the best value while still getting high performance? Costco. Getting a 4-year warranty when you use the Costco CC is amazing.

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Post by Broken Man 1999 » Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:59 am

Costco!

First, the standard one year warrantee is doubled. Then, if purchased on Costco Visa card, two additional years added, for a total of four years.

When I bought my last TV, Costco had best price, and a couple of months later gave me $200 back as they cut their prices.

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Re: Best place to buy a TV

Post by otinkyad » Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:15 pm

IMHO, if the delay and hassle of paying the sales tax next April is worth it, your TV is too expensive. ;-)

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Post by Big Dog » Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:23 pm

costco

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Post by Dottie57 » Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:13 pm

I bought a 19 in led tv for my mom from Walmart online. I was pleasantly surprised that everything went so sell. Not a state of the art tv, but works well as kitchen tv door my mom.

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Re: Best place to buy a TV

Post by TomatoTomahto » Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:24 pm

Murgatroyd wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:41 pm
So you know, Abt is a large and very reputable company.
Crutchfield was out of stock on the TV I wanted (Sony 85” 900F). So, I figured that sales tax at Amazon would be offset by my 5% Amazon card. As it happens, I got free shipping from Abt, they don’t charge sales tax in MA, and I got the 5% off from Amazon. Wheeee!

PS. having just paid the extortionate sums to get MA driver’s licenses, cars registered, deeds registered, etc., it might slip my mind to pay the use tax.
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Re: Best place to buy a TV

Post by BogleMelon » Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:43 pm

ThankYouJack wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:04 pm
Do all major online retailers charge sales tax now?
FYI,
If you live in a state that has sales tax, even if you the online vendor didn't charge you taxes, probably you will be legally obliged to pay the taxes when you file your taxes (Use Tax).
If you live in a state that is tax exempt, or have a lower tax rate than the vendor charge, you can get this tax back when you file
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Post by ThankYouJack » Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:13 pm

BogleMelon wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:43 pm
ThankYouJack wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:04 pm
Do all major online retailers charge sales tax now?
FYI,
If you live in a state that has sales tax, even if you the online vendor didn't charge you taxes, probably you will be legally obliged to pay the taxes when you file your taxes (Use Tax).
If you live in a state that is tax exempt, or have a lower tax rate than the vendor charge, you can get this tax back when you file
Good to know (I guess :o ). Oh well, I'd rather live here, even with our complex tax code and pay our taxes than live else where.

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Re: Best place to buy a TV

Post by BogleMelon » Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:27 pm

ThankYouJack wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:13 pm
BogleMelon wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:43 pm
ThankYouJack wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:04 pm
Do all major online retailers charge sales tax now?
FYI,
If you live in a state that has sales tax, even if you the online vendor didn't charge you taxes, probably you will be legally obliged to pay the taxes when you file your taxes (Use Tax).
If you live in a state that is tax exempt, or have a lower tax rate than the vendor charge, you can get this tax back when you file
Good to know (I guess :o ). Oh well, I'd rather live here, even with our complex tax code and pay our taxes than live else where.
I was not suggesting that you leave. Only saying that getting charged (or not charged) by sales tax by an online vendor at the time of buying, shouldn't be a factor in your decision, because your state will (refund/charge) you in all cases.
Good luck!
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Re: Best place to buy a TV

Post by inbox788 » Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:34 am

You asked where, but I'll answer what and when first. I'm assuming it's not a 65" 4k OLED or 88" QLED, but something more modest.

Right now, 4k TVs are all the rage, and they may be the future, but I'm not convinced buying one now is the right time. By the time 4k becomes relevant, it may be time to upgrade the TV, so for now. I'd avoid the extra cost of the 4k sets. Unfortunately 4k seems to have crossed the midpoint and the majority of sets I see on sale are 4k and cost more. And the reduced supply of non-4k sets seems to be on the downturn.

Also, Black Friday and end of year seem to bring the best TV deals, so if you can wait 6 months, you can probably get a better set for less. Besides the usual online places, don't overlook Target and Walmart for the better brands (avoid no name or budget brands). I'd look at low end low spec LG/Samsung/Sony, maybe TCL/Vizio/Sharp. Insignia is also a brand to consider.

https://www.consumerreports.org/lcd-led ... -cheap-tv/

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Re: Best place to buy a TV

Post by tennisplyr » Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:38 am

Just bought 2 TVs at Costco.
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Re: Best place to buy a TV

Post by dbltrbl » Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:14 am

Specific Model number will be different at COSTCO. Look at your details from Samsung or LG or whatever model you have in mind. Than look at Costco with details not model number. You will likely pay sales tax . With ABT no sales tax.

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Re: Best place to buy a TV

Post by wolf359 » Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:47 am

I buy at Costco using the Costco credit card just for the extended warranties. I also got the Square Trade Extended warranty, with stretches the whole thing to 7 years. While normally I consider extended warranties a waste of money, it is important when buying Samsung televisions. The warranty policy is to repair at home or replace the unit. The television we bought is too big to take back to the store easily. Samsung has horrible customer service and doesn't honor their warranties. Costco and Square Trade do, which gives me an effective warranty which I don't get from the manufacturer.)

We found the same unit at Best Buy for the same price, but minus all the warranties. You can get a sales person at Best Buy to provide an additional discount (depending upon the item and the sales person, and maybe your negotiating skills.) That would make the Best Buy price lower. However, Costco delivered to the house for free, and Best Buy did not.

(The Costco free home delivery is done by calling for assistance. They switch the order to Costco.com and have a truck delivery scheduled.)

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Post by tigerdoc93 » Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:54 am

Check out Woot.com. Basically Amazon clearance website. I’ve purchased Samsung TV, chromebooks, IPhones on the cheap. No problems yet. You do have to be patient and check website frequently cause deals change daily. Also has free shipping for Amazon prime members

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Re: Best place to buy a TV

Post by Serie1926 » Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:46 am

Bought all our 4k XBRs from East Coast.

https://www.eastcoasttvs.com

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Post by CrossOverGuy » Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:15 pm

I got a wonderful Samsung 49" 4K TV with HDR from Amazon. I went into Best Buy and PC Richards to check out various tv sets in person a number of times (and at different stores) and to try to decide the best size, picture, etc. I also wanted to inform myself about things like connections for HDMIs to blue-ray players and cable tv, and for older electronics I still have like a combo DVD/VCR and for antennas in case I want to get rid of cable tv. I also did research by looking at Consumer Reports (some libraries like NY Public Library have subscriptions that allow you to access it on-line for free) and looking up things like best times to buy tvs on the internet. I ended up buying about two weeks before the Superbowl, which besides around Black Friday and thereabouts, is considered one of the best times to get good prices before the new models for next year come in, which are usually showcased at the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas. The reports were that the newer sets, except maybe for the highest end sets, weren't all that much different in features from the ones that were already out. So I waited a few weeks and Best Buy, PC Richard and Amazon's prices went down the closer it got toward the Super Bowl. I ultimately went with Amazon which was least expensive, plus the Best Buy's Geek Squad warranties were much more expensive than the Square Trade one I bought on Amazon at the same time I bought the tv. Plus Amazon didn't charge for delivery or taxes from the state it originated in, so the money I saved on that pretty much covered the cost of the warranty. I charged the tv on my credit card which doubles the initial warranty and the additional policy I bought will cover it for 2 years past that.

Plus, my credit card had price protection. I kept up with the price on Amazon for a few weeks after I bought my tv, found a lower price, followed all the rules my credit card company required for evidencing the different prices, and got a check for the difference. Mine was a mid-range tv, and I'm enjoying it very much, especially since I see it was listed at $200-300 more than what I paid for it.

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match

Post by Bammerman » Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:04 pm

I bought my expensive tv from Best Buy. When they reduced the price by $100 within a week, I went in and got that $100 back too. And I also immediately started searching online for the exact brand/model tv I'd just purchased, and found it advertised somewhere for several hundred dollars less. So I filed a claim with my credit card company -- price match guarantee -- and within 10 days received a check for $250 (the maximum under the terms of the c.c. agreement). Moral of the story: use the terms of your credit card to the max -- the burden is on you to do the research and the claim, but you might get back hundreds of dollars.

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Re: Best place to buy a TV

Post by Bacchus01 » Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:26 pm

wolf359 wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:47 am
I buy at Costco using the Costco credit card just for the extended warranties. I also got the Square Trade Extended warranty, with stretches the whole thing to 7 years. While normally I consider extended warranties a waste of money, it is important when buying Samsung televisions. The warranty policy is to repair at home or replace the unit. The television we bought is too big to take back to the store easily. Samsung has horrible customer service and doesn't honor their warranties. Costco and Square Trade do, which gives me an effective warranty which I don't get from the manufacturer.)

We found the same unit at Best Buy for the same price, but minus all the warranties. You can get a sales person at Best Buy to provide an additional discount (depending upon the item and the sales person, and maybe your negotiating skills.) That would make the Best Buy price lower. However, Costco delivered to the house for free, and Best Buy did not.

(The Costco free home delivery is done by calling for assistance. They switch the order to Costco.com and have a truck delivery scheduled.)
You also got credit back on your card

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Re: Best place to buy a TV

Post by Dakotah » Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:41 pm

If you have access to it, AAFES is a great option.

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