Question for after the Black Friday sales & deals
Posted Sep 9, 2010 - 3:52 pm
Posted Sep 9, 2010 - 6:51 pm
Posted Sep 9, 2010 - 7:36 pm
"If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything." - Dr. Emmett L. Brown
Posted Sep 10, 2010 - 3:08 am
Posted Sep 10, 2010 - 5:55 am
During the summer of 2008, we decided to get the kids a PS3. In August, chase started running a promotion where you got $150 off a qualifying purchase when you opened an account. The wife and I each opened one and we got the console for $250 plus $310 in games for $160. Nothing better than that through Christmas and even during the after sales. I got the console around labor day and it looked like crap on my Sony 36" SDTV, so we started looking for a high def set. I had done a lot of research by the end of September when this ($977.98 - $48.00 Discover CashBack bonus - $20 BestBuy Rewards certificate = $909.98.) popped up. I ordered immediately and scheduled an October delivery 1) so I could cancel if I didn't like the set once I saw it in a store, and 2) to extend my return period until after the BF ads were out.
That same year, I got two 26" LCDs on sale at BestBuy and pricematched twice to better deals before Christmas. Last year, we decided to get 32" LCDs for the kids. I decided on the Vizio VO320e (consumer reports et al) and jumped on a pair from Sears at $325. Shortly after, Best Buy offered the DX-32L130A10 for $299.99. Minus 10% Shop Discover discount and 2% in rewards from Best Buy and 1% from Discover card, I decided to get a pair to compare. Side-by-side, my wife (unaware of cost) picked the Dynex, so I returned the Vizios and bought two more Dynex sets. Later, BB ran a sale for $279.99 and cheerfully refunded $80 to my card. My final out of pocket was ~$244 -- which is still tough to beat.
It's great to shop BF and clearance, but there is a lot of competition and limited selection. Start shopping and researching now so you are prepared to take advantage of great deals that just pop up. Also, know the return/rebuy, pricematch, and restocking policies of your retailers -- these are part of the deal.
Posted Sep 10, 2010 - 11:31 am
Posted Sep 10, 2010 - 6:47 pm
"The years run too short and the days too fast."~Time Passages (Al Stewart)
Posted Sep 10, 2010 - 6:59 pm
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