INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 29, 2013)– With so many big screen TV deals this holiday shopping season (more than 20 TVs 40” screens or larger for under $300), it can be overwhelming to know whether you’re getting a deal, or falling in to the marketing hype.
The online shopping experts at FatWallet.com suggest applying these simple steps should guide you to a smarter purchase. For example, their Black Friday Deal Finder features a 32” Seiki TV which normally sells for $224. It is marked to be on sale on Black Friday for $98. First, checking the TV model cost with an online price tracker like camelcamelcamel.com revealed it’s lowest price ever was $199 in October. So far, so good. Then a quick Google search to compare prices of similar size and quality TVs shows the current low price at $179. So purchasing this Black Friday TV at $98 would save you at least $81 on Black Friday and you can rest assured you’ve scored a good deal.
FatWallet’s Top 10 TV deals on Black Friday weekend, and why these are good buys:
1) Target: Element 50” 1080p LED HDTV $229 (was $599.99) This doorThe best priced TV in this size range during Black Friday 2012 was from Sears for $299. It’s not a top name brand or the highest quality out there, but it’s a bargain for a second TV.
2) Amazon: Seiki 50” 1080p LED HDTV $229 (was $599) This is matches the target 50″ TV, except you can stay home, and order from the comfort of your couch.
4.) Best Buy: LG 55″ 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV $499.99 (was $999.99) This is a budget model but specs show it’s a solid TV. If you check 55” TVs at Best Buy, this one comes in $50 cheaper than their lowest end RCA model, which is $549.
5.) BJ’s Wholehouse: Samsung 46″ 1080p 120Hz LED 3D HDTV +3D Blu-ray Player w/WiFi $579.99 (was $849.99) TV itself is the same price as on Amazon, but what makes this deal sweet is the included blu-ray player that will play 3D movies added in for basically free ($70 value).
6.) Best Buy: Insignia 39” 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV $169 (was $249) If you look at what Amazon has for TVs in this size range, they cost around $299, so at $169 this is a good buy. NOTE: Insignia 24″ 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV &79.99 (was $169.99)
7.) Walmart: Vizio 60″ 1080p 120Hz LED Smart HDTV $688.00 (was $998.00) LINK This was a better buy at this price last year (it retailed for over over $200 more) It’s still a solid buy this year. CNET said it was one of the best buys for a large screen smart TV.
8.) Kohl’s: LG 42″ 1080p LED HDTV $379.99 (was $499.99) The price of this one is average at sale price value, but what makes it a deal is taking an extra 15% off using any credit card. If you use a Chase Freedom card, you get another 5% in rewards points. And with Kohl’s Black Friday special of 15% off (w/coupon) and $15 Kohl’s cash with every $50 spent, it’s a huge bargain.
9.) Walmart: Funai 32″ 720p 60Hz LED HDTV $98 A 32” TV for under $100 is a good deal, if you read the example above. Not much else to day about that. Don’t let the 720p deter you as we explain in FatWallet’s TV buying guide with a screen this size you have to be under 4’ away to notice the difference between a 720p and 1080p TV.
10) Kmart: RCA 42″ 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV $299.00 (was $449.99) Almost half price for a TV that got 4 out of 5 stars from PC Mag. It’s a solid TV for the money. There are other models that will be available for the same price, but none that rate as well.