Best Buy has a two price policy on a number of HDTVs on sale in this week’s (Oct.2) circular. A higher price for shoppers that rely on the sale flyer, and a lower price for consumers that log into their bestbuy.com account, choose the TV they’re interested in, place it into the shopping cart, then proceed to check-out. Doing so reveals a price difference of up to a whopping $261 below the flyer price on 7 of 19 advertised HDTVs. That’s 37% of the sets that are supposed to be “on sale”.
If you want to buy one of these sets and get the lower price, you must either order online (for delivery or store pickup) or go to the store and ask the service desk for a price match of Best Buy’s circular sale price. According to Best Buy’s Price Match Guarantee printed on the back inside cover of this week’s flyer, they will match the Best Buy lower online price for the same model.
Below we list the 7 sets with the Best Buy circular price (BB) the Best Buy on-line price (BBO) and the Amazon price.
We continue to recommend and affiliate (we may earn a small commission on referred sales) with Amazon because they have some of the best HDTV policies in the industry including a low price guarantee (they match Best Buy’s online price if lower) and free return freight. All listed models have free shipping by Amazon direct.Â Note: prices are correct as of posting and may change at any time. Please verify with our links;Â Most states do not collect sales tax on Amazon orders [with the exceptions ofÃ‚Â CO, KS, KY, NY, ND & WA]. You always pay sales tax when buying at any brick and mortar store if you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t live in AK, MD, MT, NH or OR. Should you buy an HDTV online or from a retail store?Ã‚Â Learn all the pros and cons in our article here.
To learn how to negotiate the best HDTV deal with a brick and mortar retailer, go here.
Buying a TV from Amazon is easy. Today, set makers are packaging their TVs better than ever, knowing many models are shipped to end users. More and more folks are choosing Amazon for their big screen HDTV purchases, because of its lower-than-store prices, convenience and policies that are better than what is offered by brick and mortar chains.
Samsung LN46D630 46-Inch 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV (Black)Retail $1000/ BB $899.99/BBO $847.99/Amazon $848.00
Samsung UN32D4000 32-Inch 720p 60Hz LED HDTV (Black)Retail $530/BB $449.99/BBO $443.99/Amazon $445.72
Panasonic VIERA TC-P50ST30 50-Inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTVRetail $1500/ BB $999.99/BBO $979.99/Amazon $969.00
LG Infinia 55LW5600 55-Inch Cinema 3D 1080p 120 Hz LED HDTV with Smart TV (Included: Four Pairs of 3D Glasses) Retail $2400/ BB $1699.99/ BBO $1438.75/Amazon $1438.99-Note: Best Buy offers an extra 10 Pairs Circular Polarized Glasses a $29 value
LG Infinia 47LW5600 47-Inch Cinema 3D 1080p 120 Hz LED HDTV with Smart TV (Included: Four Pairs of 3D Glasses)Retail $1700/ BB $1099.99/BBO $1048.99/ Amazon $1057.94 -Note: Best Buy offers an extraÃ‚Â 10 Pairs Circular Polarized Glasses a $29 value
Samsung PN43D450 43-Inch 720p 600Hz Plasma HDTV (Black)Retail $600/BB $499.99/BBO $479.99/ Amazon $479.00
Samsung UN55D6000 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (Black)Retail $2100/ BB $1499.99/ BBO $1397.99/ Amazon $1397.99- Note: at Best Buy get a Samsung BD-D5100 Blu-Ray Disc Player free with the purchase of this 55″ TV
We rechecked Best Buy’s latest (Oct. 16) circular. We found 5 out of the 22 TVs advertised have lower prices at online checkout. Savings were less than the previous price check, ranging up to $52,Â note Best Buy advertised a lower priced TV selection this week.
Today we also checked the inside the store price of 5 LG HDTVs against the online price at checkout and found the website price to be $49-$301 less than at our local Best Buy! The $301 savings is on theÃ‚Â LG 55LW5600. The BB store price is $1700, BB online is $1398.99. By comparison, Amazon’s price is lower at $1330.41 and includes a free family pack of 3D glasses in addition to the four pairs packed with the TV.
Have a question for the HD Guru?
Copyright ©2011 HD Guru Inc. All rights reserved. HDGURU is a registered trademark.