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Old 11-19-2008, 12:25 PM   #1  
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Question Looking to buy one of these new LCD HDTV at Best Buy for under $550 + Warrenty.

Hi everybody, I am looking to replace my Olevia 227 LCD HDTV (because it couldn't be fixed under warrenty) with a new 26 inch or even 32 inch LCD HDTV either this week or next week at Best Buy and I can't decide which one to purchase?

I want one at Best Buy because of there warrenty program, although I wish they had a 3 year for less money, 4 years for an LCD HDTV that I watch everything on, play games on and watch DVD movies on daily in a small bedroom, however I really don't want a Insignia, a Westingham or a Dynex and I want to stay below $550, plus the price of warrenty, so $600-$650.

1. Toshiba - 26" 720p Widescreen Flat-Panel LCD HDTV - Model: 26AV502U at $499
2. Sony - BRAVIA 26" 720p Flat-Panel LCD HDTV - Model: KDL-26M4000 at $550
3. Samsung - 26" 720p Widescreen Flat-Panel LCD HDTV - Model: LN26A330 at $550
4. LG - 26" 720p Widescreen Flat-Panel LCD HDTV - Model: 26LG30 at $550

One problem is with the warrenty, its $200 for a 32 inch, which is out of my budget and a warrent is a must.
Sharp - 32" Class 720p Flat-Panel LCD HDTV - Model: LC-32SB220 at $499
LG - 32" Class 720p Flat-Panel LCD HDTV - Model: 32LG30 at $550

I am looking towards the Samsung or the LG 26 inch with a 4 year warrenty for a total of $650, what a price tag. Any thoughts???
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Is it BB that is replacing it under their extended warranty? If so, try to get them to transfer the remainder of the old warranty to the new TV and state that you cannot afford to buy TWO warranties for a TV. They have room to wiggle with the warranties or the price when they are combined so be a pleasant but firm negotiator and take it to the manager if possible.

It wouldn't hurt to say that in a few months you will be adding another bigger display and you would like to continue to do business with BB but this issue could send you to BJ's, Sam's Club or Costco where the warranties are much more reasonable compared to BB.

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Old 11-20-2008, 07:38 AM   #3  
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Hi everybody, I am looking to replace my Olevia 227 LCD HDTV (because it couldn't be fixed under warrenty) with a new 26 inch or even 32 inch LCD HDTV either this week or next week at Best Buy and I can't decide which one to purchase?

I want one at Best Buy because of there warrenty program, although I wish they had a 3 year for less money, 4 years for an LCD HDTV that I watch everything on, play games on and watch DVD movies on daily in a small bedroom, however I really don't want a Insignia, a Westingham or a Dynex and I want to stay below $550, plus the price of warrenty, so $600-$650.

1. Toshiba - 26" 720p Widescreen Flat-Panel LCD HDTV - Model: 26AV502U at $499
2. Sony - BRAVIA 26" 720p Flat-Panel LCD HDTV - Model: KDL-26M4000 at $550
3. Samsung - 26" 720p Widescreen Flat-Panel LCD HDTV - Model: LN26A330 at $550
4. LG - 26" 720p Widescreen Flat-Panel LCD HDTV - Model: 26LG30 at $550

One problem is with the warrenty, its $200 for a 32 inch, which is out of my budget and a warrent is a must.
Sharp - 32" Class 720p Flat-Panel LCD HDTV - Model: LC-32SB220 at $499
LG - 32" Class 720p Flat-Panel LCD HDTV - Model: 32LG30 at $550

I am looking towards the Samsung or the LG 26 inch with a 4 year warrenty for a total of $650, what a price tag. Any thoughts???
Extended warranties are generally a waste of money. Use that extra cash and get a bigger/better TV! TVs now are pretty good and if they work for the first year with no issues there is a REALLY good chance that they will work for many, many years!
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No, the extended warrenty is BJ's, they are giving me a check for the entire purchase price of $500 back next month, however I heard that BB has a better warrenty, I already purchased a notebook there and BB has some good deals.

Does BB have a smaller warrenty (like 2 years or 3 years, 4 is a little much for me) and warrenty is what saved me alot of money on my last TV and I owned by Olevia TV since April 2007 and turned it in this past month (November). I was thinking about buying a 22 inch to save money, but 26 inch would be better.
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1. You bought an Olevia. I am sorry but that isn't even top tier off brand. Vizio is top tier off brand.

2. Extended warranties while they give that extra security they are a waste of money in the long run. It is either going to work or it isn't. If it works for a year then it will more then likely last awhile.

3. If you have another TV in your dwelling then use it, save your money and get a better TV.

Not trying to down your choice to buy an off brand HDTV, but you do get what you pay for.
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What's wrong with an LG, Samsung or Sony television? Personally I am leaning torwards the LG 26 inch for $550, unless I can get the warrenty down to $100, then I will get the 32 inch. And warrenties is what saved me once, and I beat it will save me again.

Can you buy an LG, a Samsung or Sony at Bestbuy or another retail store and buy a warrenty from the manufacturer? $100 or $200 for warrenty is a little bit much.
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Do you realize that BB will make all the money from you off the warranty? That is how businesses like BB make money. They rip the consumer off with extended warranties.

Nothing is wrong with Samsung or SONY. I just bought a SONY and love it. I had a SHARP and liked it as well.

FYI you need to do your own research on warranties if you "HAVE" to have it. Look at their website and see what they offer or call and ask what they can offer and what prices they can do for you.

Don't cheap out on a TV. That is what it comes down to. True you could buy the most expensive HDTV in the store or the world and it could fail on day one. But you have to realize that higher end companies usually make their products better then the lower tier companies. So you really do get what you pay for.

Is it possible to just save a little more to get a better TV and warranty?
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1. You bought an Olevia. I am sorry but that isn't even top tier off brand. Vizio is top tier off brand.

2. Extended warranties while they give that extra security they are a waste of money in the long run. It is either going to work or it isn't. If it works for a year then it will more then likely last awhile.

3. If you have another TV in your dwelling then use it, save your money and get a better TV.

Not trying to down your choice to buy an off brand HDTV, but you do get what you pay for.
Sorry but that is wrong. Olevia was every bit as good as Vizio is. I couldn't recommend them now with the bankruptcy, but they actually had a little better picture than the Vizio next to it at BJ's when I compared them and adjusting both to look the best they could. Vizio had non defeatable Edge enhancement which was part of the problem, but to the uninformed, it might have looked sharper.

In regards to warranties, I think BB & CC are way overpriced, but the OP wants a warranty so I would just tell him to go back to BJ's to get a cheaper warranty myself and pick a HDTV from there again.
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What's wrong with an LG, Samsung or Sony television? Personally I am leaning torwards the LG 26 inch for $550, unless I can get the warrenty down to $100, then I will get the 32 inch. And warrenties is what saved me once, and I beat it will save me again.

Can you buy an LG, a Samsung or Sony at Bestbuy or another retail store and buy a warrenty from the manufacturer? $100 or $200 for warrenty is a little bit much.
I wouldn't touch an LG display based on personal experience and that of several friends who tried them as well.

Why not go back to BJ's to get the display cheaper costing display AND with a cheaper warranty also?
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No, the extended warrenty is BJ's, they are giving me a check for the entire purchase price of $500 back next month, however I heard that BB has a better warrenty, I already purchased a notebook there and BB has some good deals.

Does BB have a smaller warrenty (like 2 years or 3 years, 4 is a little much for me) and warrenty is what saved me alot of money on my last TV and I owned by Olevia TV since April 2007 and turned it in this past month (November). I was thinking about buying a 22 inch to save money, but 26 inch would be better.
I would suggest buy SONY and buy warranty from SONY directly, my 40 inch TV was $2499 two years ago SONY warranty for three years was $79.99, you can wait and buy when you manufacturer warranty going to expire (say 11 months) buy better product don't throw you money on BB extended warranty. You are not buying this TV for three years keep that in mind a better SONY, Panasonic or SAMSUNG will last long time, look at LCD monitors they are very reliable even in very bad environment, tool shops and Labs etc.

Check out SONY website for warranty on that model. I bought SONY BD player from SONY store and bought extended warranty for 24.99 for two years, SONY replaced the defective S300 with new model S350 with out any problem. BB warranty was $60 at that time.

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Old 11-21-2008, 05:32 PM   #11  
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Hopefully tomorrow or sunday, I am going to go to Best Buy and buy a new LCD Widescreen HDTV, I am down to these five models:

Sony - BRAVIA 26" 720p Flat-Panel LCD HDTV - Model: KDL-26M4000 at $550
Samsung - 26" 720p Widescreen Flat-Panel LCD HDTV - Model: LN26A330 at $550
LG - 26" 720p Widescreen Flat-Panel LCD HDTV - Model: 26LG30 at $550
LG - 32" Class 720p Flat-Panel LCD HDTV - Model: 32LG30 at $550
Sharp - 32" Class 720p Flat-Panel LCD HDTV - Model: LC-32SB220 at $499

I love the LG 26 inch or 32 inch, the features are amazing, however since I can't decide, I will bring my father with me and mainly look at the televisions in person and then decide.

As for the warrenty, I might just buy the warrenty from the manufacturer after christmas when I have more money, christmas presents are going to be expensive this year, but I will check out the BB warrenties when I get their.

How long do I have to buy an extended warrenty from the manufacturer or from Best Buy after I buy the television? That's key to me.
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I think you only have 30 days to buy a warranty from BB. Mfg will have their own rules so check with whichever brand you buy.
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Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for the advice, earlier today I went to Best Buy and purchased a new LG - 32" Class 720p Flat-Panel LCD HDTV - Model: 32LG30 at $550, plus a 4 year in-home warrenty for $99.99. All in all, good deal.

Note: i wanted the LG 26 inch, however it went up in price to $600, so the 32 inch made a good deal at $50 cheaper, so far good television, now I just have to fine tune the settings, vivid or standard...
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Congrats!

Vivid is the WORST mode setting to use on EVERY TV I have ever seen BTW.
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