Exposed: Bad Black Friday HDTV Deals From Best Buy and Walmart
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Updated Nov 25, 2010
You know the routine by now. Leave the house while everyone else is immersed in turkey, pie, football or whatever to stand on line like an idiot hoping to cop an HDTV at hundreds of dollars savings. Before you decide to put on your winter underwear and Depends for the long wait outside the store, HD GuruÃ‚Â compares Best Buy’s and Walmart’s Black Friday ads with Amazon’s on-line prices today to see if its worth the time and effort. The verdict is in: over 42% of the so called specials are either more or within 3 dollars of the Amazon price. Only 4 of the of HDTVs offered will save you $100 or more compared to Amazon’s on-line prices and this is calculated without factoring saving sales tax. It is always paid on in store purchases but it is not collected by most states. Read the list and check our Amazon links before running out the door. You’ll be glad you did. A Happy Thanksgiving to all.
Samsung LN32C350 32-Inch 720p 60 Hz LCD HDTV (Black) (Model # LN32C350D1DXZA) – $329.99 Amazon has it for the same price with free shipping! Don’t waste your time and gas.
Samsung LN46C600 46-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LCD HDTV (Black) Samsung 46″ 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV (Model # LN46C600F3FXZA) – $797.99 Attention Best Buy shoppers, buying this TV at Best Buy on Black Friday will save you a whopping $2 (not including your time, gas and sanity)
Samsung UN46C6300 46-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LED HDTV (Black) (Model # UN46C6300SFXZA) w/Blu-ray Disc Player – $999.98. With Amazon’s price of $1099.99 you can save $100 and get a free Samsung BD-C5500 Blu-ray Player (it sells for $101 on Amazon) saving you $201 over Amazon
Samsung UN55C6300 55-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LED HDTV (Black) (Model # UN55C6300SFXZA) – $1,499.99 You’ll save just $100 at Best Buy, assuming your state charges sales tax on Amazon purchases (according to our research, that’s only the lucky folks in CA, CO, KS, KY, NY, ND & WA) .
Sony BRAVIA EX 400 Series 46-Inch LCD TV, Black (Model # KDL46EX400) – $698.99 If you manage to grab one at Best Buy, you are looking at a savings $64 for all your efforts.
Toshiba 55HT1U 55-inch 120Hz 1080p LCD HDTV – $969.99 This price is (wait for it) just $30 less than the current Best Buy price (and you should get BB price protection) Vann’s via Amazon is $130 more at present so we’ll call this one a deal.
Westinghouse LD-4255VX 42-Inch FHD 1080p LED HDTV, Black-$649.99. Best Buy will save you $50 over Amazon. However, we would like to point out Westinghouse is one of the least reliable HDTVs. According to the latest survey by Consumer Reports, Westinghouse sets are about three times more likely to need repairs than Panasonic, Sony, LG, Sharp and Sylvania.
Samsung LN40C500 40-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV (Black)$497.99 is two dollars cheaper than Target via Amazon (not including $33.46 for shipping)
Samsung UN32C4000 32-Inch 720p 60 Hz LED HDTV (Black)$497.99 will save you two dollars off of Amazon’s price, bet that wouldn’t cover your gas. Like many Amazon deals there’s free shipping included, along with a 30 day returns privileges and 14 day price protection.
Sony BRAVIA EX 400 Series 40-Inch LCD TV, Black $549.99 another non-deal, the Amazon price is $2.00 less! Note Best Buy’s ridiculous minimum of “2” per store and no rainchecks.
Samsung UN40C6300 40-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LED HDTV (Black)$899.99. Don’t wait for Best Buy’s Black Friday sale to pay more! Save $3 and order it from Amazon today.
The Samsung LN46C670 is a exclusive derivative model sold by Best Buy of the regular line model Samsung LN46C650 46-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LCD HDTV (Black) You can wait and hope to grab a 670 at BB for $899.99 or buy the LN46C650 from Abt via Amazon for 3 bucks less, and free shipping. An easy choice.
Samsung LN55C630 55-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LCD HDTV (Black)$1399.99 or save $2 and order on-line from Amazon
Samsung PN58C500 58-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV (Black)$1397.99 will save you two dollars over Amazon’s price for the same HDTV. If you are in a state that doesn’t charge sales tax on Amazon orders, then you lose money if you buy at Best Buy!
Sony BRAVIA KDL46HX800 46-Inch 1080p 240 Hz 3D-Ready LED HDTV, Black$1499.99 at Best Buy. Another crappy deal. Don’t pay Best Buy’s high Black Friday prices. Go to the Amazon link and buy this Sony 3D set for two dollars less with free shipping
Sony BRAVIA KDL55HX800 55-Inch 1080p 240 Hz 3D-Ready LED HDTV, Black$1998.99 from Best Buy is still a dollar Higher than Amazon. No deal!
Coby TFTV1525 15-Inch Widescreen TFT LCD 720p HDTV/Monitor
– $99.99Ã‚Â Save $50 $18.71Ã‚Â off the Amazon price on this crappy, low contrast, small screen TV.
Dynex 24″ 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (Model # DX-24E150A11) – $189.99 Best Buy’s house brand, hence no comparison pricing or data.
Insignia 42″ 720p Plasma HDTV (Model # NS-32P650A11) – $369.99 We took a look at this TV. Insignia is also a Best Buy (BB) house brand. We’ve seen regional players offering the LG 32LD450 32-Inch 1080p 60 Hz LCD HDTV for as little as $392 and consider it a better deal.
LG 32″ 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV (Model # 32LD400) – $379.99 a Best Buy derivative of the LG 32LD450 32-Inch 1080p 60 Hz LCD HDTV It is essentially the same TV except the BB model does not accept music over USB. Waiting in line will save you only $49 compared to the Amazon price (Video Audio Center via Amazon as of Nov.22).
Panasonic TC-P46C2 46-Inch 720p Plasma HDTV (Model # TC-P46C2) – $499.99 A decent deal, you’ll to save $100 off the Amazon price
Panasonic TC-P50U2 50-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV – $699.99 * This is a 5:00 AM doorbuster with very limited quantities, so you will need to get in line while everyone else is eating turkey and watching football to save $138 off of the current Audio Video Center via Amazon linked price.
Element 55″ LCD ELGLW551 1080p 120Hz HDTV is a Walmart exclusive available only on walmart.com starting 5am Friday.
Emerson 32″ LCD LC320EMI 720p 60 Hz is another Walmart exclusive. It’s a stripped down (i.e. only one HDMI input) model. At $198 it going to be the lowest priced 32″ available, and we are sure they will be scooped up in minutes.
Emerson 42″ LTDN42V68US LCD 1080p 60 Hz. Walmart exclusive
LG 42″ 42LD400 1080P 60HZ LCD HDTV – $478.00. Derivative model of theÃ‚Â LG 42LD450 42-Inch 1080p 60 Hz LCD HDTV its just $20 more at $498 with free shipping, 14 day price protection (see Amazon for details) and if you’re in the right state no sales tax.
RCA 37″ 720p 60Hz LCD HDTV 37LA30RQ – $399.00 Another Walmart exclusive
Samsung 32″ LN32C350 720P 60HZ LCD HDTV – $328.00 Samsung LN32C350 32-Inch 720p 60 Hz LCD HDTV (Black) Get it at Amazon for 2 dollars more and save the time and gas.
Samsung LN40C500 40-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV (Black) – $498.00 Leaving the house at midnight on Thanksgiving evening, going to Walmart, waiting in line and hoping to get one will save you $35 $2 overÃ‚Â Amazon (includes free shipping).Ã‚Â Do you feel lucky?
Samsung 46″ LN46C600 120Hz 1080p LCD HDTV – $798.00 Samsung LN46C600 46-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LCD HDTV (Black) Putting up with Walmart will save you just $1.99 over Amazon, assuming you will be able to grab one at the store.
Samsung 46″ UN46C5000 1080P 60HZ LED HDTV – $898.00 Samsung UN46C5000 46-Inch 1080p 60 Hz LED HDTV (Black) Again Walmart beats Amazon by $2 (not counting time effort gas and possibly saving on the sales tax)
Samsung 52″ LN52C530 1080P 60HZ LCD HDTV – $998.00 Samsung LN52C530 52-Inch 1080p 60 Hz LCD HDTV, Black Amazon comes in at $1.99 more at $999.99. Are you beginning to see a pattern?
Sansui 19″ HDLCD19WB 720P 60HZ LCD HDTV – $98.00 Sansui HDLCD1912 19-Inch 720p LCD HDTV, Black This is the lowest price we’ve seen on any LCD TV this year. They got Amazon beat by almost $74. If you’re looking for a really small screen for under a hundred bucks, you’ve found it.
Sanyo 50″ DP50710 720P 600HZ Plasma HDTV – $498.00 Another Walmart exclusive model
Sony Bravia 46″ 1080p LCD HDTV KDL-46EX400 – $698.00 Sony BRAVIA EX 400 Series 46-Inch LCD TV, Black Walmart beats Amazon by $66
Vizio 37″ 1080p LCD HDTV E370VL – $378.00 VIZIO E370VA 37-inch Full HD 1080p LCD HDTV Walmart beats Amazon by $104 compared to the closest Vizio model.
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(Note: Amazon prices may change; please keep checking our links.)
Edited By Geoffrey Morrison
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