One thing I’ve learned as I get a little older is sometimes you get what you pay for, which means if you are looking for the best electronics you don’t always pick the cheapest and no name brand. While the cost of an item is important to me, and I try to stretch every dollar, there are some things you just need to research and check out before you purchase. My husband and I are in the market for a new TV. We have been replacing our old “tube” TV’s with flat screen HDTV’s. Our living room and the boys room are converted and we are now looking at purchasing a new TV for our bedroom.
One of the things I love best about shopping for popular electronics at Best Buy is their home theater area. It is the first thing you notice when you walk into the store and definitely catches your eye. It is hard to compare TV’s and sound system based on a box. In fact, when we were in the market for a surround sound system for our living room my husband and I chose to shop at Best Buy. We talked in length to an associate who explained the different components and why each one was important and where exactly you should invest your money.
As I mentioned on our recent trip to Best Buy we were shopping for a TV. The first thing we usually do when shopping for something is scan all the prices. Best Buy was holding a yellow tag sale during our visit which was the first thing we considered.
There were only a few items left that were part of the yellow tag event and none of them were what we were looking for. The yellow tag event is a good way to save on open-box items. These items could be returned items or refurbished items. The next thing we did was walk up and down the isle comparing prices to get an idea of what our price range was going to be for the size TV we were hoping to get. It is always great to see a sale.
There were several good deals on the shelves as well as boxes of TV’s in the aisles. I have to say that I didn’t really care for the TV’s in the boxes since I couldn’t see what they looked like. It is amazing the difference in being able to see the TV in action and compare. For example we were looking at two TV’s side by side with a price difference of about $50. If we had not actually seen the TV on we would have selected the lower priced TV however looking at them up on the wall the more expensive one had a brighter and crisp picture which definitely swayed my preference to the more expensive one.
I really wanted to get a Smart TV because I watch a lot of shows on Hulu Plus and love to rent from Amazon. Currently in our living room we have a Blu-Ray player that does this but we do not have anything in our bedroom. It was hard to narrow down what was important to us and it is great that Best Buy has a Home Theater Buying Guide to help you figure out what is important for the area you are working with. We really liked the sale on the Sharp TV pictured above but it was just a little smaller than we were wanting to get for our bedroom.
In the end we decided to keep the TV on the back burner for now and save our money for what we really want to get. I know that no matter what I can definitely get what we are looking for thanks to Best Buy’s Low Price Guarantee. I’ve used this a couple of times when purchasing products. In fact, when I purchased my son’s iPod I found it cheaper on-line and they matched the price for me.
Since I was hoping to get a Smart TV and we did not purchase one we did decide to make a small purchase in the meantime. We do have a Blu-Ray player in our bedroom but it is not Wi-Fi enabled so though it has the capability to get all the cool features I want we would have to hard wire it and that is just not an option. I was trying to decide between getting a new Wi-Fi enabled Blu-Ray player, which they had a large selection of…
Or a Roku…
Originally I had decided to get the Blu-Ray player and while walking through the store an associate noticed I had it in my hand and let me know that it did not come with the accessories I would need and that I would want to purchase an HDMI cord. I thought that was very thoughtful of him because I would have been irritated if I got home only to find out I didn’t have everything I needed. However upon further contemplation I realized we have a great Blu-Ray player that is in good shape and we decided to go with the Roku. Knowing that we still want to get a Smart TV we knew that when we did make that purchase we could give the Roku to my son or daughter. When we do purchase our Smart TV it is great to know that I can use Best Buy services to help me install and mount my TV on the wall.
Thank you #CollectiveBias I have enjoyed this #OneBuyForAll shop.