Looking for the best deals for the biggest TVs?
You need to know when to start shopping for those large TV sizes, and when to act fast!
The biggest TVs tend to have the most limited quantities and can sell out very quickly, so it’s important to be prepared. Let’s talk about shopping online and in the store, and the best times to do both!
Buying and Finding Television Deals Online
Buying online holds many attractions if you are short on time, or just want to make sure you find exactly the TV you want.
Online shopping allows you to quickly search many different stores with much more inventory than the average brick-and-mortar stores (there’s a good reason that electronics purchasing has moved online en masse).
If you have a very definite idea in mind for your TV size, it will probably be easier to find online. Plus, no waiting in line! Unless, of course, the website is down.
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Note that sites like Amazon are very good about telling you how many of a specific product are left in stock, which can give you valuable clues about when to take action.
Cyber Monday Deals
Black Friday weekend will absolutely have some great online deals for TVs and it’s probably worth checking from Friday onwards.
Amazon, in particular, tends to do short-term deals, and may change deals based on availability, so be prepared to buy quickly.
Prime Day is typically located in July.
This is when Amazon conducts a broad series of deals across the massive site – although, of course, electronic products are still very popular.
The nice thing about looking for a big TV during Prime Day is that there’s generally less competition than around the holidays, and you can relax a little as you search.
But not too much! Prime Day specializes in lightning deals that last for a very short time, so it’s a “keep the webpage open all day” kind of activity.
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Around New Year
The New Year and following couple of months are generally great for buying a TV: The holiday rush of buyers has largely died down, but companies are still interested in selling – especially when it comes to their most impressive TVs.
The reason is partly that of the Super Bowl, which gets everyone thinking about the best way to view sports, and partly a growing need to make room for new products.
Buying in the Store
Buying in the store has one big advantage for getting a big TV – you get to see it in person, which can help when making a final decision much easier.
You can also take it home immediately (make sure you have enough room in your vehicle or are willing to pay extra for local shipping).
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However, there are also a couple of unique challenges when visiting the store. Yes, you have to get up early and wait in a long line filled with other impatient people, but keep in mind that any individual local store can only hold so much inventory, which means that the “first come, first serve” nature of the deals is particularly important.
Many stores offer vouchers for big-ticket items like large TVs, which allow you to reserve a TV and pick it up later.
Black Friday is still king when it comes to in-store deals. You can look both in the local paper and online at the store’s general website to find out what sort of deals they are offering.
If you find the exact TV you want at a low price, all you need is determination: Get to the store extra early in the morning (focus on opening hours) and be prepared to wait for hours if necessary.
Christmas and New Years
Yes, the holidays are also a good time to look in-store for deals…preferably after the Black Friday rush has died well away.
While the best deals are probably on Black Friday, other great deals continue through New Years.
The “Super Bowl” effect that we mentioned can be particularly powerful for stores, even larger department stores that may be trying to sell many different football bundles, including TVs.
Early spring is typically when the next shipments of the latest TV models go out to sellers.
Brick-and-mortar stores have limited room to store inventory, which means they will be anxious to sell “last year’s” TVs at discounted prices.
Fortunately, last year’s TVs are still an excellent buy, so use this opportunity to find great deals with relatively little shopping competition. Again, local ads are your friend here!