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jenna's avatar

What's the best way to go about buying a new TV and furniture?

Asked by jenna (72points) June 13th, 2009

My friend and I are moving in for the first time (out of our parents place) and we want to buy a 42” lcd w/1080p and 120hz and a sectional for our couch. We’ve shopped around a few places but really don’t want to get ripped off. Any ideas? Thanks.

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willbrawn's avatar

Window shop what you might like, then search online for a cheaper deal.

jenna's avatar

@willbrawn Is it cheaper to get these things online though? Since they’re so big?

Or you mean search online for stores in the area with cheaper prices?

willbrawn's avatar

@jenna sometimes they offer free shipping, other times you can find really good deals around town if you go and pick it up. We found nice couches for really cheap just had to drive for two hours to get it. But saved so much money. And for TV’s more than likely they will offer free shipping or you can price match local competitors.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

Do you have the money saved up for furniture, or are you going to have to pay for it on time? I would suggest looking on Craigslist for furniture, as people who move often sell sectionals because they don’t fit into their new place. Penny’s often has good deals on sofas, as does Sears. Also, you might want to look at IKEA if there’s one near you.

Darwin's avatar

In terms of furniture you might also take a look at consignment shops and places that sell the rental furniture that they no longer want to rent. And then there is Craigslist, which is where my brother buys most of his big ticket items.

However, with the TV I would look for a new one so you have the benefit of the manufacturer’s warranty. However, you may discover that you can be perfectly happy with a smaller, less expensive television because it will give you more money for other things, such as food and rent.

Shipping on either of these things would be the killer if you buy it online but can’t go pick it up yourself.

kevbo's avatar

Read this before you settle on 1080p.

casheroo's avatar

I personally did a lot of research before we got the tv that we got. And I am quite pleased with it. It’s great for gaming, which is what my husband wanted (it technically was a gift for him) and it’s large, decent reviews (any issues that would arise we knew how to handle..we got the protection plan on it.)
I love Best Buys protection plans. They may seem expensive, but are so worth it. We’ve had at least four grand worth of work done on our laptop this year, and didn’t pay for any of it.
Also, furniture wise, look for a discount furniture place. We got a great futon fram for $99. Great deal, compared to how expensive they can get. Ikea always has cute, somewhat affordable furniture, but don’t expect it to last.

YARNLADY's avatar

When planning a large expense, don’t be in too much of a hurry. You can find really fine furniture at the Charity Thrift Stores, but you have to have patience.

If you are in a hurry, look for furniture store closings or Grand Openings, you will find the lowest prices. Ikea has the lowest prices, but not exactly top quality. It’s good for a few years, then you might want to move up.

bonus's avatar

Get some loners. It is your first time out. Crappy furniture is the norm for someone in your position. Buy some junk at a thrift shop or make shelves out of cinderblocks, that sort of thing. Then, take your time and do your research. Get what you really want. Shop around a LOT. Find the best deals. Bounce ideas off others. Be patient and try to get something you will be later proud of having acquired (because it is well-made, aesthetically pleasing, serves its purpose more than adequately and you got for a steal).

Best of luck.

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