Black Friday shoppers- is it worth it to wait?

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  1. giraffe326

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    Short version: I want a new TV. Leaning towards 55 inch. There are several options under $600 now. Will I save a significant amount if I wait until Black Friday?



    Long version:
    I'm not a Black Friday shopper. I've went out exactly once :lol:
    But I am wanting a new TV. In my house, I had a large entertainment center with a small opening. My (tiny) 32 inch TV barely fit. It wasn't a big deal because I was never home (worked two jobs), my set up put me close to the TV, and I was out of market for my baseball team. I've never been a big TV watcher; I mainly watch sports. And HGTV ;)

    Since moving, I have pretty much only one way to set up my living room with it making sense. I am all the way across the room from the TV- 18 feet. I have to strain to see what inning it is (I'm in market now- yay!). My entertainment center would not make another move (it was damaged a few moves ago and since I'm in 2nd floor apartment, I didn't even try to bring it.) So I can now buy a bigger TV. Plus they are so much cheaper now than they were when I bought this one.

    I was at Walmart today to pick up some ink for my printer. It was right next to the TVs. I was drooling. I think I've settled on a 55 inch, and they had several options below $600. I contemplated financing one right then :lol: But if I can save a lot (get under the $500 mark), I think I'd rather wait. I won't have the cash for another 4 weeks, but they can finance with 0% interest, so I figured it really didn't matter.
     
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  3. Mrs.DLC

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    Can you check the Black Friday ads that are out now??I know I have had several emailed to me the last couple of weeks. I also don't shop then anymore.....I did when the kids were young to get the "needed"(wanted)toys!!! Maybe then you'll have an idea of prices!
     
  4. giraffe326

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    Seriously? Out already? That is crazy!

    I was thinking about looking for last year's ads. I guess I'll just look for this year's!
     
  5. MissCeliaB

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    I say get it now. The big ticket items like that are hard to get. Also, the really good deals are often on cheaper models, or older models, or unfamiliar brands.

    I do Black Friday, but only a very few stores and only small things. The sales have not been as good the past few years.
     
  6. Caesar753

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    I would go ahead and get it now. I don't think that the BF prices will be all that much better than what you're seeing now.
     
  7. giraffe326

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    A new TV was on my wish list, but as I said, I don't have the extra money right this minute.
    Right now, Best Buy actually has one for $399, and one for $499. The $399 has bad reviews about the sound. I might go look at the $499 one. I have a Best Buy credit card, so I could use it now. I'd like to be under $500, but I'd rather go over for a good TV rather than hate one that fit in my desired range. I know there is an LG that I liked at Walmart for $568.

    I know I paid over $500 for my 32 inch TV years ago.
     
  8. Ms. I

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    If a you want something now, you should get it now, especially if you're NOT a BF person like me. I just got a $1285 Lenovo computer from Best Buy last month (computer itself was about $750 before adding on everything). Sure, I guess I could have waited till BF, but I kind of needed a computer now w/ breaks in between grad school classes & I was about to start a new work project.

    I have no regrets & am glad I got it when I did because the aggravation & frustration of dealing w/ the crowds etc. wouldn't have been worth waiting.
     
  9. bros

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    Wait until Black Friday weekend, get one at costco - we got a 42 inch samsung LED HDTV for $492.

    A lot of brands that stores sell for cheap aren't very good. You want a good brand like Samsung, Sony, or LG.
     
  10. Harper

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    I don't remember the specifics, but I got a great deal on one from Costco.
     
  11. janlee

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    Columbus Day often has some pretty good sales. Can you wait that long?
     
  12. giraffe326

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    My willingness to wait is directly correlated to how far my team makes it in the play-offs. :lol:

    To pay cash, I really should wait 4-5 weeks anyway.

    The World Series isn't until the end of October, anyway. :p
     
  13. bros

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    Oh, and with Costco, i'd recommend purchasing the SquareTrade warranty to cover your TV for a total of five years (Costco Concierge covers the first two years, SquareTrade covers up to five years after purchase)
     
  14. scholarteacher

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    I'll say no, since I'm not a Black Friday shopper! Get it on sale now, and save your sanity! :)
     
  15. scholarteacher

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    Giraffe, I like how you think! I pretty much plan my calendar, as much as possible, around the sports seasons! :lol:
     

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