I’m a fan of buying the newest technology as the next guy, but I am not always a fan of the costs. Here are some great ways to get that new entertainment system without breaking the bank:
1. Buy A New TV With Old Features
The top of the line features on TVs from just a few years ago are now incredibly cheap. If you don’t need a 3D television (and to be honest, who does?), you can get a large HD LCD television for just a few hundred dollars. If you have a slightly larger and want to take a step up, you can spring for an Internet enabled TV that lets you connect to your favorite apps and stream video straight to your TV.
2. Shop Online
My favorite is Amazon, but Overstock and WalMart always have cheap prices on surplus inventory and you can often snag home theater products at up to 50% off their retail prices. This includes Blu-Ray/DVD players, mounting supplies, and other video and audio accessories.
3. Buy a Refurbished System
A refurbished or factory reconditioned will be much cheaper since these systems were sent back to the factory and fixed. Usually they perform at the same level as a new TV, and they will be marked down by 30% or more. They also come with standard warranties so if you get one of the unlucky systems that doesn’t function the same as a new TV, you’ll be covered.
4. Buy the Display Model
Those display models of televisions, Blu-ray players, and surround sound systems that you see at Best Buy can be purchased for the fraction of the cost of the same model in a box. Many of the newer display models are great because they are often still covered by the original warranty, so you aren’t even taking a bigger risk and you can still save a lot!
While we all want the best of the best, sometimes we have to give up a little something to get the whole package. Put the bulk of your money toward the item of most importance. If you’re a sports nut and want HDTV, go all out on the TV but realize you may have to give up a little on speakers.