Recently I bought an LG 55″ LED 3-D TV. for those that don’t know, LCD is better than Plasma due to a significant glare reduction. LED is better than LCD because it is like LCD, except with better picture and usually a much thinner depth. With 3-D TVs, not only is HD capability standard, but you have the added bonus of the incredible feature of 3-D. This is a trend just starting to explode. You’ve probably already experienced the new technology of 3-D (not the old kind with the silly paper framed blue and red cellophane lens glasses)! Modern 3-D technology is amazing. If you’ve been to Disney Land or Disney World, or even seen a demonstration at a local Best Buy, you know what I’m talking about. Have you seen “Avatar?” More movies and games are becoming available in 3-D each month, so why wait?
Well, these televisions cost a pretty penny, but I’ve been dreaming of this technology since I was 12 years old, before it was even invented. Right now a large screen like 55″ by a major brand such as Sony, Samsung, Panasonic or LG will cost about two to three times as much as an HD ready projection, plasma or LCD TV. But it is still possible to get a good deal. I’ll share with you now how I got mine.
First, I waited for it to go on sale. They were marked down to $700-1500 each. The one I wanted (mentioned above) was marked down from $3,299.99 to only $1,899.99 Then I used my Best Buy Rewards points coupons which I have for being a Best Buy Rewards card member. Each time you finance items with your card, you accrue points. After you accumulate a certain amount of points, they send you coupons good for actual dollars off the price of future items you want to buy. I always finance purchases with credit cards on a deferred interest basis. I never pay for interest. I guess you could say, I’m not interested in interest. Unless of course I’m the one earning the interest, as with my investments. Anyway, I had two $50 coupons to use and I did. Then when it was time to pay, I whipped out my Bank’s reward credit card to actually pay this time instead of the Best Buy card. That’s because that card pays me even higher rewards points for some items, and redeems them much quicker. This will amount to an additional 1% savings down the line or almost $20.00.
Just when you thought I couldn’t get that price down any further, I can tell you I had one more trick up my sleeve. I knew there was a pretty good chance that this could get marked down one more time not long after I got it, and it was. Fortunately for you and I, large chain operations such as Best Buy always honor their lowest advertised price within a certain period of the original purchase. I went right back there with a printout of the online offer and my receipt, (no, I didn’t have to haul the whole TV back there), and they matched the price, no questions asked. That brought down the price another $100. So, what did I end up paying when all was said and done? After all the steps above were executed, my final total payment (including the 1% saved from my other CC) was $1,679.99 (plus tax). That is a savings of $1,620! There you have it, that is how saved big on my recent major purchase. Now you can do the same, I’ll see you at the movies!
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