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    Owner-Publisher Jerry Del Colliano's Avatar
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    Should You Buy Your Next HDTV Now Or Wait For Lower Prices on New Models?

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    This is a classic question: should you buy a new HDTV now or wait for the new models and possible lower prices (not guaranteed but likely).

    I bought my 70 inch Sharp LCD for my office at the distributor for $3,100 in August. I have been told its selling for $1,995 at big-box stores today. The trick is: I didn't need the TV in February - I needed it in August and $3,100 was a great price then. Its lower now.

    If the new features of a set (better streaming, Angry Birds installed, better apps etc...) are important to you - then I say you wait.

    If you are a video-only guy - most of today's sets can me calibrated by a pro to THX standards thus you are going to get the image that you want from the deeply discounted 2011 sets. Whatever money you save on the older 1080p set would likely be better spent on calibration.

    Where do you stand on when to buy a TV?

    The waiting game could last forever if price is your only issue. What gets you to make a buying decision when it comes to an HDTV?

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    Jerry,

    I believe that if you're in the market for a new TV you should wait to the last possible moment to buy it for the reason you stated above. If it's on sale today, it will be even cheaper 3 months down the line.
    David Vaughn
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    I keep putting my display purchase off for many reasons. I too keep thinking, it will be cheaper and many times more features if I wait. That and the fact that my current display keeps on working. Traditionally I see the best prices just before Christmas and Super Bowl time.

    Now that we are into a new year, I assume new 2012 models will start rolling out really soon. Funny, at least with what I am considering buying the prices are higher right now. Shouldn't they be lower? You would think the retailers would be really cutting prices on 2011 models.

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    Like with computers, cell phones and any other modern convenience there is no good time to buy a new anything, you just have to buck up and bite the bullet knowing by the time you walk out of the store it will be a generation behind. The point regarding calibration is a good one for both THX and ISF have baseline standards that many of today's HDTVs can be made to fit. Hell HDTVs three and even four years old can meet the standards -so all the new technology is affording you is either a. convenience, b. connectivity c. efficiency and d. size. If the display has some semblance of CMS then you should be fine. I'm not a calibrator but this is what I've begun to observe. I bought my current Panny plasma on those parameters -oh and price ,and it's brilliant post calibration and I'm out of pocket less than a grand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Robinson View Post
    Like with computers, cell phones and any other modern convenience there is no good time to buy a new anything, you just have to buck up and bite the bullet knowing by the time you walk out of the store it will be a generation behind. The point regarding calibration is a good one for both THX and ISF have baseline standards that many of today's HDTVs can be made to fit. Hell HDTVs three and even four years old can meet the standards -so all the new technology is affording you is either a. convenience, b. connectivity c. efficiency and d. size. If the display has some semblance of CMS then you should be fine. I'm not a calibrator but this is what I've begun to observe. I bought my current Panny plasma on those parameters -oh and price ,and it's brilliant post calibration and I'm out of pocket less than a grand.
    I have to agree with you Andrew. There comes a point where you just have to buy because you want it. Of course the deal that you got on your Panasonic doesn't come often.

    I guess I'm waiting until I get a few things taken care of here with my house. I am going to need a new roof and some rock work done, like now. Maybe by the time I get all that taken care of, prices will be even lower.

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    I think it depends on whether it's you main TV. For a main TV, my time is more valuable and I generally buy a little quicker. Some people get caught up on waiting for the latest device but with technology this happens very quickly, over and over. In the case of the Ipad 3 the decision is already made.
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    I have a friend you is just waiting and waiting for a new iPad to come out when he doesn't have one. He's basically fearful that he won't have the newest technology.

    Hint: unless you buy new gear all the time you will NEVER have the newest technology. It constantly changes especially in this "white goods" type of video world.

    I agree with David - we should just buy the best that's on the market when the time is right to buy. Should you do research to see if new models are coming? Absolutely, yes. But then again - the old one at a lower price (often) could be the answer for you.

    Personally, I held off buying a new driver and "rescue club" for my golf bag because new clubs come out after the big golf trades show in Orlando. This is normally in January thus the new products hit the market now. I am not sure what the Taylor Made RBX driver does that my R11 doesn't but I am going to find out. I want to hit it like Dustin Johnson (meaning REALLY REALLY FAR)

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    Jerry...it's the Indian that shoots the arrow, not the other way around. Technology can only help so much in hitting a golf ball. If you want to hit it farther, work on core strength and swing speed and the ball will fly further
    David Vaughn
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    My core is less like a 6-pack and more like a party ball but I do work on it 3x per week. Most top golfers are doing that now. Really hardcore core workouts.

    They also have very solid, torqued swings that "retain the wrist cock" until the very last split second thus creating incredible swing speed. I can get to about 104 with my driver. Tour guys are at like 130 or higher.

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    I agree with Andrew. We have had customer's over the years who are putting off purchases because the next thing is coming out or it gets cheaper. I've told them if they keep waiting, they will never buy anything. As like is common with computers, every three months they have something better. Just get it & enjoy it. The nature of electronics is constantly changing, upgraded, etc. Do you want your customers to wait indefinately?
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