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fed up

Edwardsville, IL

#23 Aug 15, 2012
Yesterday, once again I was checking the Amazon website and came across a 40 inch Sony for $488.00 and kind of got my interest. Next I checked on their finance plans with one their cards.

To get 6 month financing you have to have a minimum purchase of $149.00.
To get 12 month financing you have to have a minimum purchase of $599.00.
Their interest rate on these cards is 25.99% but if you make a purchase and pay it off in that time frame you pay no interest. I wouldn't fool with that.
Mike Kennedy

Columbia, IL

#25 Aug 16, 2012
fed up wrote:
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I was on the website for Amazon again today and according to that site for every 2 feet you need a larger TV. My living room is 12 by 16 feet and going by that chart I'm watching at a distance from 13-14 feet when I'm in my Lazy Boy recliner and that requires a TV of 51 inches.
I'm not a little kid setting in front of a TV, I set in my chair and watch it and a 51 inch TV is out of the question.
Just to throw it out there for you since Chik Fi Lay (sp) was recently flamed. The owner of Amazon donated 2.5 million dollars to support gay marriage in Washington state. Might want to spend your dollars with people who support your views.

On the TV front, I purchased a refurbished LCD 5 years ago and all is well. Wouldn't hesitate to purchase another refurbished.
twizzler
#26 Aug 16, 2012
Mike Kennedy wrote:
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Just to throw it out there for you since Chik Fi Lay (sp) was recently flamed. The owner of Amazon donated 2.5 million dollars to support gay marriage in Washington state. Might want to spend your dollars with people who support your views.
On the TV front, I purchased a refurbished LCD 5 years ago and all is well. Wouldn't hesitate to purchase another refurbished.
you give lousy advice.
fed up

United States

#27 Aug 22, 2012
twizzler wrote:
Seems daunting I know, but its rewarding too. Fed up has some good points about what you watch. Lots of action on an lcd can blur a bit with a 60(hertz, megahertz, not sure the specific rate, but they're either 60 or 120), the 120 rating will help that but plasma is the most flluid(no pun intended). One thing to remember is that people tend to take time to complain more often than praise, the key is looking for complaints that repeat themselves, specifics. My guess is you would be happy with a basic entry model from a good manufacturer, and while 20yrs is probably not on the table, think about what you spent on your last color tube, its probably at least as much a comparable size today, that means it cost 3 times as much, adjusted for inflation. If you're in no hurry put aside a 20 each month and in no time you'll have the money to get more than you imagined when you started your search. And no, they're not all on the back(spkers), my samsungs are bottom front, my moms too. Its definately worth a trip to a couple stores to actually see and hear what you're looking at. One more thing, amost all these tvs have jacks to plug your satellite into, most of them have room for a satellite(not necessarily hi-def tho), dvd, and antenna, but some cables can be as high as $30, not sure how anyone couldn't figure it out. DO NOT BY A COMBO DVD/TV, NO MATTER WHAT, they never have any hookups. Let it all soak in, think, buy, and enjoy.
Not to keep bringing up a thread but I have been looking. The bargain of the week seems to be at Best Buy on a Samsung 39 inch class LED HDTV for $450.00.
That's a little more than I wanted to spend but it is larger, as you suggested and I agree with that plus it has 2-10 watt speakers but it doesn't say where the location of them are.
I know you don't have cable or Dish but I'm asking this for other people who do. Does it cost you extra each month for high definition to get the HD on the tv's. I have Dish but I haven't called them to ask about it yet and it's never been an issue before with me.
fed up

Edwardsville, IL

#28 Aug 22, 2012
I called Dish trying to get answers about High Defintion tv's. As best as what I could hear from the woman I spoke too this is what I learned.

I am on a lease program with Dish and to update the reciever would cost me nothing BUT the new reciever that brings in the high Def channels would cost me an additional $10.00 per month.

Next was the cost for the high def channels would cost me another $10.00 per month.

Next was if I paid them $99.00 I could get high def for life or as long as I have them.

This really doesn't sound like a great deal to me to have high definition tv for a handful of channels that I won't watch anyway.

Still want a new tv though and to heck with high def. That's just a money grab.
twizzler

Brainerd, MN

#29 Aug 22, 2012
Yes, for most hi def is a waste. Would be for you too. It only benefits the people who are sitting as close as possible to an as big as possible tv. Hadn't seen a 39 but am sure you would be thrilled if you can swing it. Make the trip to check it out, listen to it, and while you're out check sears too for sales. I do remember sales being better and better closer to super bowl, but this sounds like a pretty good price if you can swing it. I thought it odd that target and walmart weren't best for tvs when I shopped, and they're still not.
AV Concepts

Waterloo, IL

#30 Aug 25, 2012
We were tv shopping a few months ago and had many of the same questions you have asked. After shopping around to Costco, Amazon, Best Buy, etc...we stopped in Audio Visual Concepts in Columbia. We found their experience and knowledge to be second to none. Prices were very comparable. We ended up purchasing a tv from them and had them install and set up everything. I highly recommend them.
tue scents

Waterloo, IL

#31 Aug 25, 2012
I've been to AVC in Columbia and I agree that their people we're very knowledgeable and the advise was sound. Prices were not very comparable but they had the quality TV's that you will not find at Walmart or Costco.

Pay careful attention to the model number associated with tvs. For example model BB29-u might be a high quality tv with all the bells and whistles. Walmart will sell model BB29-ue for a much lower price. Usually that means they are missing the anti-glare coating, low quality bevel, less av inputs, low quality speakers and other such nice to haves.
twizzler

Mount Vernon, MO

#32 Aug 25, 2012
The only tvs at wal mart worth their salt are sony and panasonic. Sony has a great name but they soured me years ago. I don't hate them like I do phillips though,and I buy some sony stuff. I didn't know you had a store there, I thought that name was a commercial show setup crew.
fed up

United States

#33 Aug 26, 2012
twizzler wrote:
The only tvs at wal mart worth their salt are sony and panasonic. Sony has a great name but they soured me years ago. I don't hate them like I do phillips though,and I buy some sony stuff. I didn't know you had a store there, I thought that name was a commercial show setup crew.
What was the issue with Sony? I always thought they were top of the line but I never had one. I did buy a little Sony mini stereo from Wal Mart 4-5 years ago and had problems with it within the first 90 days and that was as long as the warranty lasted so I got it fixed for nothing. It don't work right but still sounds pretty good with a set of Bose speakers.
That brings up another issue of quality versus cheap price. The little stereo was only about $100.00 and I know I paid a lot more than that for the Bose speakers when my old stereo was here and I had 4 speakers on that one and they really kicked butt.
fed up

United States

#34 Aug 27, 2012
I had some shopping to do today at Wal Mart and they have a 40 inch Samsung for $428.00 and beside that one was a Vizio for the same price.
The pictures on the two were no wheres in the same league. The Samsung was much better but of course they don't put out any information other than the price.
Last weeks bargain was a Samsung 39 inch class from Best Buy for $488.00 and Amazon had it for the same price but free shipping and no sales tax.
I'm gonna check this out with both sites until I get the deal I want.
fed up

Edwardsville, IL

#36 Sep 18, 2012
Guess I'm bringing this subject up again cause I had to wait a little longer on a new TV.
I really can't afford anything larger than a 32 inch TV and yesterday I was looking at them in Wal Mart. They had a Sony and an LG setting side by side and the LG has a taller sreen than the Sony and a lower price also.
Anyone had any experience with LG? I read a bunch of ratings on this model and they were for the most part they were good other than not being able to connect a speaker system to them or headphones.

Today, I called Wal Mart and with that information in mind I asked about their return policy and you have 15 days to try it out or return it.
I also checked on an extended warranty and you can get that for $36.00 and that covers it for 4 years.

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