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When Is the Best Time to Buy a TV?

Buying a TV? Start Looking This Week

Though certain months tend to have more discounts than others, TV deals are fairly easy to find any time of year. However, with deals happening every day, how can you know the very best time to buy a TV?

To help you out, we broke down all the best times to shop for a TV below. We also offer tips on how to get a better deal no matter when you buy.

The absolute best time to buy a new TV continues to be Black Friday.

We see a plethora of deals around the shopping holiday — in 2019, we listed 110 TV deals during the week of Black Friday, compared to 69 the week before. Additionally, the deals tend to be better.

A whopping 45% of the TV offers we listed during that Black Friday week were designated as Staff Picks, which are our “best of the best” deals.

Black Friday continues to be the best time of year to buy a TV.

Not everyone can — or wants to — wait until Black Friday to purchase a new TV, though. For anyone who isn't shopping in November, what's the best time of year to buy a TV?

When's the Best Time to Buy a TV the Rest of the Year?

While November will ly continue to have the most TV deals, another month could be a close second in 2021.

Black Friday 2020 was a weird situation due to the coronavirus pandemic; as such, we only listed a total of 102 TV offers in November. But in April 2020 we listed 107. And 23% of the April TV deals were Staff Pick-worthy.

Those numbers are pretty close to the ones in November, when about 30% of the TV deals we saw got a Staff Pick designation.

The days around the Super Bowl might seem a great time to pick up a shiny new set, and in 2020 we saw about 39% more deals in February than we did in March.

It's a little soon for stores to be dropping their sets to rock-bottom prices again, what with Black Friday and the holidays really having just passed. Still, at least a few notable deals are bound to pop up during the weekend of the big game.

If you need a new set for watching the Super Bowl, you should be able to find a 55″ or 65″ TV at a decent price.

SEE ALSO: The Ultimate TV Buying Guide

Prices might not be as low as what we see around Black Friday, but that doesn't mean you'll be paying a huge amount more.

For instance, during Black Friday 2018, we saw Samsung 55″ 4K TVs go as low as $350. Then in February 2019, we found Samsung 55″ 4K sets at $398.

That's not as low as November's price, but it's not exorbitantly higher, either, and still ly within many shoppers' budgets.

It should also be said that Black Friday prices can beat even themselves year over year. Samsung 55″ 4K sets were going for as little as $328 in November 2019, which is a decent drop from the previous year, when sets of the same size had a minimum price of around $350.

TV Deals Are Always Available

TV prices seem to be decreasing overall, and that's largely due to new TV technologies coming out that are designed to improve the viewing experience. From higher resolutions to HDR, they're all meant to immerse viewers in the movies, TV shows, and sports they watch. New tech hits the market frequently, which means TVs missing those features end up dropping in price.

New TV tech hits the market frequently, and sets without those features tend to drop in price.

New TVs tend to be announced during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. Older models begin to go on sale afterwards, as retailers make room on the shelves. It might not happen right away, but we've often seen an uptick of deals in February compared to January, and then even more offers in March.

Only Get the TV Tech You Need

Older TVs almost always tend to have the better deals. And while it's tempting to own the latest and greatest tech, the truth is that TVs are often more ahead technologywise than the content you watch on them.

When 4K TVs were rolling out, much of the content being made wasn't truly 4K — rather it could just be upscaled to 4K quality, which isn't the same.

So while 8K may be getting attention right now, there's no reason to replace your 4K set with an 8K model just yet.

SEE ALSO: Everything You Need to Know About the Latest TV Technologies

Other features you might not need include HDR and smart capabilities. It's becoming harder to find non-smart TVs, but they're still out there.

If you're fine not having these popular specs, you're bound to come across a decent price on a more basic model. The good news is that 4K and smart TVs are pretty much the norm now.

As a result, those types of sets can cost the same — or almost the same — as 1080p TVs.

How to Save on a New TV

When you're ready shop for a TV, do some research and make a list of the features you want. Try not to settle on one set — find a few TVs that fit your wish list. Then spend a little time tracking their prices. Sign up for alerts with DealNews, and you'll receive notifications when we post deals relevant to your alerts.

If you're worried about the price suddenly changing on you, check for price adjustment policies at your favorite retailers. Sometimes there's a short window of time — think 14 days or so — where if the price drops, you can receive a refund for the difference.

Readers, when is the best time to buy a TV on sale, in your opinion? Let us know in the comments below!

DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).


Best cheap TV deals: great 4K TV deals and sales in the US in March 2021

Buying a TV? Start Looking This Week

Look no further for the best cheap TV deals.

On this page, we've curated the latest discounts on some of the best TVs – as well as the best cheap TVs from retailers Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, and more.

Whether you're looking for a 4K TV deal or more – and no matter what size or type of TV you want – we've got you covered. You'll find this week's very best TV deals right here. 

February is a fantastic time to score cheap TV deals thanks to retailers discounting last year's models to make room for 2021 sets and March Madness TV sales from retailers Best Buy, Walmart, and Amazon. Our round-up includes everything from a mid-size 50-inch TV to a massive 75-inch set, with features such as OLED and voice control, and at a range of prices to meet all your viewing needs. 

We've split our selection of TV deals into three categories screen size: 32-49-inch, 50-59-inch, and 60-85 inches. You'll also see our top pick for the best TV deal of the week – the offer that we think represents the best outright value for most people. This week's cheap TV deal is this feature-rich LG 55-inch OLED TV that has a massive $550 discount this week at Amazon. 

As always, this is a living list that's updated every day, so you can feel confident that you're seeing the best cheap TV deals around.

32-49 inch cheap TV deals

TCL 32-inch HD LED Roku Smart TV: $199.99 $118 at Walmart
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For just $118 you can pick up this TCL 32-inch HD TV at Walmart. This cheap TV deal comes with the Roku experience for seamless streaming and works with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant for voice control.
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Insignia 40-inch LED Full HD TV: $179.99 $149.99 at Best Buy
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If you're looking for a budget set, Best Buy has this 40-inch HD TV from Insignia that's on sale for just $149.99. While this 40-inch TV lacks smart capabilities, it does include three HDMI inputs for external multimedia devices.
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TCL 4 Series 43-inch 4K Roku Smart TV: $329.99 $229.99 at Amazon
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Amazon has this 43-inch TV from TCL on sale right now, with a decent $100 saving. This TV is compatible with both Alexa and Google Assistant, and with Roku TV built in too, you'll have plenty of streaming options.
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Insignia 43-inch 4K smart Fire TV: $299.99 $259.99 at Amazon
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This TV deal from Amazon includes a nice $40 discount on the Insignia 43-inch 4K TV. This smart set has the Fire TV experience built in and works with Amazon Alexa for hands-free control.
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50-59 inch cheap TV deals

Insignia 55-inch 4K UHD Smart Fire TV: $429.99 $349.99 at Amazon
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You can pick up this 55-inch 4K TV for just $349.99 at Amazon. This cheap TV deal has the Fire experience built in, so you can stream your favorite apps Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video from the home screen of your TV.
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Westinghouse 58-inch 4K UHD Roku TV:$449.99 $349.99 at Best Buy
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– An incredible price for a 58-inch 4K TV, you can get this Westinghouse set on sale for just $349.99 at Best Buy. This smart TV comes with the Roku experience for easy access to all the top streaming channels.
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TCL 55-inch 4 Series 4K UHD Smart TV: $399.99 $349.99 at Best Buy
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One of our favorite TV deals this week, you can get this TCL 55-inch 4K TV on sale for just $350 at Best Buy. The smart TV delivers a stunning Ultra HD picture quality and comes with the Google Assistant, Chromecast, and a handy voice remote.
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Vizio 55-inch 4K UHD Quantum Smart TV: $578 $498 at Walmart
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A fantastic deal, you can get this Vizio 55-inch 4K TV on sale for $498. The feature-packed M-Series TV delivers over a billion vibrant colors thanks to the Quantum Color and Dolby Vision HDR and comes withApple AirPlay, Chromecast, and a voice remote.
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Samsung 55-inch QLED Q60T Series 4K Smart TV: $749.99 $677.99 at Amazon
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Get the Samsung 55-inch QLED TV on sale for $677.99 at Amazon. This QLED TV deal delivers a cinema- picture thanks to the Quantum Dot technology, which brings more than a billion colors to life.
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Samsung 55-inch QLED Q70T Series 4K TV: $999.99 $897.99 at Amazon
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Amazon has a nice $100 price cut on this Samsung 55-inch QLED TV.

That's the best price we've seen for the QLED TV which delivers exceptional picture quality and the Ambient Mode feature allows your TV to transform into enticing visuals and blend in with your home's decor.
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60-85 inch cheap TV deals

Hisense 65-inch H65 SeriesSmart HD TV: $499.99 $479.

99 at Best Buy
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An incredible price, this deal from Best Buy includes this Hisense 65-inch 4K TV that's on sale for just $479.99.

The smart set comes with the Google Assistant and Chromecast built right in and includes a handy voice remote.
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onn. 70-inch 4K Roku TV: $448.00 at Walmart
This 70-inch is just the perfect centerpiece if you're building a home theater to impress the guests.

It's not only massive, best for immersive viewings of your favorite movies and shows, but it boasts 4K resolution and 60Hz refresh rate for that impeccable, super sharp, and smooth image quality.

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Insignia 70-inch 4K smart Fire TV: $649.99 $549.99 at Amazon
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 Amazon has this 65-inch 4K TV from Insignia on sale for $449. This 2020 smart set comes with the Fire TV OS and Alexa voice remote, so you can stream from apps Netflix, Prime Video, , Hulu, HBO, and more.
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Hisense 70-inch H65 Series4K UHD Smart TV: $649.99 $549.

99 at Best Buy
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A fantastic price for a big-screen 4K TV, Best Buy has this 70-inch set from Hisense on sale for $549.99.

The smart TV has Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant built in so you can control your home and TV using just your voice.
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VIZIO 70-inch 4K UHD Smart TV: $758 $648 at Walmart
Save $110
– Right now, you can get this 70-inch 4K TV on sale for just $648 at Walmart. This cheap TV deal features smart capabilities and delivers bright, bold colors with sharp contrasts thanks to the Dolby Vision HDR and 4K HD resolution.
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Hisense 75-inch H65 Series4K UHD Smart TV: $999.99 $699.

99 at Best Buy
Save $300 –
This Hisense might be on the cheaper end of things, but that doesn't mean it's not packed to the brim with great features, and with a $300 discount, you're also getting a fantastic price.

With Google Assistant and Chromecast built right in, you're off to a great start, and you're also getting Motion Rate 120 and DTS Sound Studio.
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Sony 65-inchX750H Series 4K Ultra HD smart TV: $749.99 $699.

99 at Best Buy
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You can save $50 on this stunning 65-inch Sony X750H LED 4K TV this week at Best Buy.

Featuring one of Sony's latest 4K processors and their 4K X-Reality PRO technology for sharper picture upscaling, this a great way to get a high-tech TV into your living room for less.
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VIZIO 70-inch M-Series 4K UHD Smart TV: $799.99 $679.99 at Best Buy
Save $120
–This Vizio 70-inch 4K TV is feature-packed, and it's on sale for $679.99 right now. The smart TV delivers a cinema- picture experience thanks to Quantum Color technology, which delivers over a billion hues of vibrant color.
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LG 65-inch 4K UHD NanoCell Smart TV: $999.99 $849 at Walmart
Save $50
– Walmart has this LG 65-inch 4K TV marked down to $849 this week. This 4K TV deal features a stunning 65-inch NanoCell display for life- images with bold bright colors and sharp contrasts.
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TCL 75-inch 5-Series 4K QLED Roku TV: $1,199.99 $998 at Amazon
Save $201:
An incredible TV deal – you can find a $200 discount on the 2021 TCL QLED TV.

This feature-packed 75-inch set delivers bold, bright colors with life- images thanks to the Quantum dot technology and Dolby Vision HDR, and you're also getting the Roku experience for seamless streaming.

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Vizio 65-inch OLED TV: $1,999.99 $1,499.99 at Best Buy
Save $500 – This March Madness OLED TV has a massive $500 discount for anyone visiting Best Buy. The premium 65-inch Vizio TV features 4K HDR, an OLED panel, Dolby Vision and HDR10+, HDMI 2.1, and a 120Hz panel.
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Amazon and Best Buy tend to feature the best cheap TV deals all year round, with stocks on both the newer releases as well as some old favorites.  They're especially a great place to pick up TV's as you'll know you'll be getting full warranty and support, which you might not get if you opt for a cheaper TV deal on an auction site eBay.

Other top retailers to check out include Samsung, Dell, B&H Photo, and Crutchfield, which all offer great price matching along with excellent warranties. Below we've provided a list as well as some links to our favorite retailers, so you can check out the latest TV deals for yourselves.

How to tell if cheap TV deals are worth it

Cheap TV deals can often attempt to impress by offering a wide-range of unintelligible features and techno-babble that can seem pretty impressive on paper but often disappoint in reality. 

Because of this we always recommend you evaluate a cheap TV deal industry-wide accepted standards and features.

Be on the lookout for HDR compatibility, 4K resolution, and the widely used smart home platforms, such as Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.

While these might seem overly flashy terms themselves, comparing these features can give you a great basis upon which to compare the myriad of cheap TV deals that are out there.

Another recommendation from TechRadar is to check out last year's models, which can often be found at an absolute bargain price compared to the new releases.

It's often the case that the newer models only have slight iterative improvements over last year's edition, so sometimes you can skip out on the very latest features (that you might not need) and pick up a great TV deal for less.

The good news is cheap TV deals can be found at all the big retailers all year round. Week in and week out, there's always something on sale over at Best Buy and Amazon, for example – many of which we'll have rounded up in this article right here.

That said, many of the big retailers to bring those cheap TV deal prices down even lower during many of the seasonal sales events each year. You'll see some of the best deals during the Black Friday and Prime Day sales events with incredible bargains from retailers Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart.

Last year, we saw quite a few great TV sales during these events, including quite a few brand new 2020 releases. Make sure you bookmark this page, however, because even outside of seasonal events, we'll still have all the best cheap TV deals here each week.

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The Best Time and Place To Buy a TV

Buying a TV? Start Looking This Week

While it’s always fun to have new electronics in the house, we know shopping for them isn’t necessarily easy. Televisions are no exception, but there are a few things you can do to ensure you’re getting the best deal on a quality TV. 

You will get the best deal on a TV if you buy it at the right place and at the right time. So before you start shopping, it’s important to know exactly what you’re looking for.

What You Need To Know Before Buying a New TV

Shopping online is great for comparing prices, but it’s also a good idea to visit a few stores and get a feel for different TV sizes before taking the plunge. And don’t get sucked in by a particular brand. 

“The reality is that you hurt yourself more if you pay more for a brand name TV,” money expert Clark Howard says.

You can often find TVs of the same size with similar features that are significantly different in price simply because of the brand.

Clark adds, “You’re best off going down on brand and up on screen size — or down on brand, keep the same screen size and keep more money in your pocket!” 

After you’ve identified exactly what you want in a new TV, then it’s time to shop! In this article, I’ll cover when and where you should look first in order to avoid overspending.

The Best Time To Buy a TV

Our team at Clark Deals has been searching for the best prices on quality TVs since 2016. I recently took the time to go back over each deal we’ve posted since the beginning to see when and where the most TV deals have popped up. 

On average over the past few years, we’ve seen the most TV deals posted in November. Unsurprisingly, Black Friday is arguably the best time of year to buy a TV at a discount.

Still, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to grab a great deal if you’re shopping at some other time. 

The beginning of the year is also a great time to check for deals. Playoff and Super Bowl season during January and February means you’ll find tons of promotions and price reductions on TVs of all sizes.

In addition to major holidays, you’ll also see regular daily and weekly deals at electronics stores Best Buy.

If you aren’t pressed for time, you should monitor the price of potential purchases at a few different stores for a while. Using websites CamelCamelCamel can help you track a TV’s price history, but it’s always best to watch the prices yourself for a period of time. 

If you do need to buy a TV right away, be sure to check for those current daily or weekly deals, and you still may be able to score a great price!

The Best Place To Buy a TV

Since 2016, we’ve seen Walmart, Best Buy and Fry’s Electronics post the most TV deals. Unfortunately, Fry’s went business in early 2021.

Walmart and Best Buy are not only great places to check for markdowns, they’re also great to use for your price comparison if you think you’ve found a good deal at a different store. So far this year, we’ve seen a few great daily deals posted on Amazon’s discount site, Woot.

what we’ve seen, Walmart lists the most TV deals because of constant rollbacks and restocking.

As mentioned, you’ll also find lots of daily and weekly deals throughout the year at places Best Buy and BrandsMart USA. Other great places to check include Amazon, Target, Sam’s Club and Costco. 

Always be sure to check out local stores and price compare online before committing to any one store.

Using tools Google Shopping can help you to find the best available prices online, but always make sure you’re ordering from a reliable source!

Online stores such as eBay, Walmart and Amazon often show products from third-party sellers, so be sure to read reviews and familiarize yourself with the shipping and return policies for each item to avoid unexpected fees. 

Final Takeaways: 

  • Avoid overspending on brand. You’ll get a better deal by going “down” a brand and up a TV size — or choosing the same size TV and pocketing the difference in price.
  • Watch prices and hold out for holidays. Use tools CamelCamelCamel and watch prices yourself over time to see when you should make the purchase. If you can hold out for Super Bowl season or Black Friday, you’ll have more choices on better deals! 
  • Compare prices. Always check more than one store (in fact, check as many as you can!) and use tools Google Shopping to avoid overspending. 

Don’t be afraid to shop for used or refurbished electronics for even more savings, just be sure to buy from a reputable seller and get to know the seller’s policies. If you’re currently in the market for a new TV, check out these great deals on TVs right now!


The 7 Best Times to Buy a TV and Why

Buying a TV? Start Looking This Week

When it comes to buying a new television, “when” you buy a TV is as important as “what” TV you buy.

It's an economic issue, as retailers, both on- and off-line, tend to offer good discounts on televisions on a seasonal basis.

Why does seasonality match up so well with discount television purchases? Primarily because of what's on TV at a given time. The bigger the event, the more ly video consumers will want to see that event on the best television possible. Additionally, retailers are more open to discounts on TVs around the holidays.

Still, seasonality carries the day. TV manufacturers and retailers understand consumer behavior and go their way to offer deep discounts on new televisions based as much on calendar dates as any other reason.

So, what dates count the most for television buyers and what other factors influence TV-buying decisions? These factors matter when you're looking to buy a television.

The Best Times to Buy a TV

When's the best time to buy a TV? Start at the beginning of the year, when the biggest game of them all beckons, and when post-holiday sales are in full swing.

1. The First Week of January

Buying a new television in the first week – and the last week – of January is a smart financial move. After Jan. 1, manufacturers and retailers cut consumer electronics prices to move remaining inventory to make room for new models.

Post-holiday price cuts of 30% or more are not uncommon in the first week of the new year.

2. The Two Weeks Before Super Bowl Sunday

The Super Bowl is the biggest sports attraction of the year, with millions of Americans tuning in for the big game. TV manufacturers and retailers are well aware of that demand, and will price TVs to move before Super Bowl Sunday, when demand is strongest. Consumer Reports says that Super Bowl Sunday is the second-best time to buy a new TV, right after Black Friday in November.

Expect big game-oriented big screen TVs (50-inch screens and above) to be the best deals.

3. Late March and Early April

the automobile industry, consumer electronics manufacturers roll out their new models at a specific time every year. For TV makers, that time is early spring. When the new models start appearing in late March, consumers can clean up on last year's models, with discounts from 25% to 35%.

Don't expect to get the latest 4K Ultra HD Model at a discount, but 2018 models will start looking pretty good, price-wise, in early spring.

4. August

Consumers looking for smaller TVs can cash in during back-to-school shopping season – usually August. TVs in the 32-inch to 46-inch range typically are discounted in back-to-school shopping season, as their smaller size works well for dorm rooms and college apartments.

August is a soft spot on the U.S. consumer buying calendar, so consumer electronics manufacturers and retailers to stir the pot, offer discounts and get consumers buying again in the dog days of summer.

5. Black Friday

Consumer Reports rates Black Friday as the best time of the year to buy a new television, and with good reason.

Black Friday is the opening salvo in the wild and woolly holiday shopping season, and TVs are deeply discounted, often as low as 60% off, even on high-end models.

Look for the lowest prices to extend from Black Friday through Cyber Monday, with good discounts available right up through Christmas Eve.

During the holiday season, new TVs are a big part of retailer's “doorbusters” sales – that's a good place to start when you're buying a new TV around the holidays.

6. Dec. 26

Okay, this is only one day, but the sales kick in right away after Christmas Day – the end of the holiday shopping season.

The day after Christmas represents an opportunity for retailers to start thinning out excess TV inventories, since so many consumers are back at the malls or at digital shopping sites in big numbers to return unwanted items and peruse any post-holiday sales. That makes Dec. 26 a good day to buy a new television at a discounted price.

Stay up late on Christmas Day, right up to midnight. Many stores open early on Dec. 26 and it's definitely first-come, first-served for opportunistic TV shoppers. Retailers will already be anxious to clear the shelves for new televisions, so a price break of around 30% is actually common for TV shoppers right after Christmas.

7. Amazon Prime Day

In 2019, Amazon Prime Day is July 16, starting at 3 p.m. That's a good date and time to pop into your mobile phone calendar if you're looking for a new TV, and don't mind waiting a while.

Why? Because Amazon (AMZN) – Get Report Prime Day is a consumer electronic lover's dream, with discounts.

In 2018, for example, a Sony  (SNE) – Get Report KD49X72E 49-inch 4 HDR TV went for the low price of $438.

Samsung, (SSNLF) Sony, and LG TVs are at bargain basement prices on Amazon Prime Day – good quality at good prices makes Prime Day worth waiting for.

Tips on Buying Your Best TV

There are plenty of other ways to save on TVs beside looking at the calendar. Tune in and check these tips out for size:

  • Follow the numbers. One “big picture” tip on buying a new TV is following the economics behind consumer electronic sales. If those sales are down at any given month, it's a good time to strike, as retailers won't want to be stuck with excess inventory, and will cut prices. Conversely, if electronics sales are strong, retailers will ly see no reason to offer discounts, making that a good time to wait until TV prices decline (or wait until holiday season discounts, when price cuts are abundant no matter how the economy is doing.)
  • Do a video check. Don't buy until you've actually seen the TV you're aiming for – in person. That way you can check out the video quality and screen size, and make sure it fits nicely into the room you want, and the way you (i.e., mounted on the wall or on a television stand.)
  • Focus on open boxes. Buying an open-box TV may save you hundreds of dollars off the regular price of a new television. Open boxes are almost always customer returns that are sold at a steep discount. If you don't see one on the floor at your favorite retailer, don't hesitate to ask. Chances are that Walmart, (WMT) – Get Report Best Buy (BBY) – Get Report or Target (TGT) – Get Report have a few empty box deals hanging around.
  • Save on a refurbished television. All the major manufacturers sell refurbished TVs, and usually at a good discount. The defect that caused them to be refurbished in the first place, a scratch on the back of the TV or a chip on the bottom of the set is really nothing to worry about, as long as the components and the screen are okay. Just ask for a warranty before you sign on the dotted line.
  • Get a discounted gift card and save on the difference. Online gift card sites and sell gift cards at a discount – usually about 5% or more. Visit the site, buy a card at a chain store or online site that sells TVs, and cash in on the savings.
  • Leverage social media. If you sign up as a follower on your favorite consumer electronics or retail site, and the chances are, sooner or later, you'll get a text or email signaling discounts on a brand-new TV. If you're patient, you can strike a good deal just by joining up, and being social.

Getting a good deal on a new television is easier than you may think. Just follow the calendar, aim for a day or week that works for you, and strike while the deals are hottest. Chances are, you'll save big bucks in the process.


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