The easiest way to purchase a television is online, right? A couple of clicks and a few days, and your porch has a TV. But you’ll have to go to a store if you’re not sure which person you want or at least want to see the physician before you buy it. This is also the quickest way to get a TV, provided you have a car large enough to get you home.
The largest retailer in the United States is Walmart that has more than 4,700 stores in the United States, much more than any retailer on this list. Most of you may find a TV at this location. But it’s not an excellent place to watch a TV. In the television area, there is marginal to no light control.
One store I visited was flowers directly beside the windows, therefore all reflections could not tell you any distinctions. TVs are not angled on the top shelf so that you can only see them off-axis (and can therefore in no way judge their image quality). The video feed is usually ads that show no details or image quality.
Walmart offers an extended warranty protection plan covering “mechanical and electrical failures from regular usage through Allstate.” If the problem is dealt with, the warranty will “repair your item; if we cannot repair it, we will send you a replacement or reimburse you for one.” There are 30 days of the return policy.
Pros: A place near you probably.
Cons: Not a good comparison place. In-store data-limited TVs
Target has more than 1,800 outlets, anti-Walmart. They are quite like Walmarts inside, though if they are reflective of my city, they appear to be slightly better formed. As for Walmart, the TV section typically does not have lighting power, but the TVs in the top row are generally angled so that you can easily see them. Walmart is greatly improved.
Nonetheless, little information is available on every TV. SquareTrade (owned by Allstate) sells extended warranties for Target. It says that it will reimburse your guarantee cost if it cannot repair it within five days after it has been received. It will “give your home a service company to fix it” for TVs.
Target has a return policy for 30 days for electronics.
Pros: Better to judge TVs than Walmart, but not a lot.
Cons: In-store limited information
Costco, BJ’s and Sam’s Club:
Although on the corporate side they are not related (e.g., Sam is the property of Walmart), they are very similar for our purposes. These are storehouses where you can have the 55-gallon ketchup drum and the bean dip pallet you need to watch soccer. It also offers TVs at its 1,300 + shops in conjunction. Like the other places that we discussed, warehouse shops are awful places where TVs can be judged. The overhead lights are far too luminous and rough.
Nonetheless, the boxes are usually displayed for each TV so that you can receive additional information at least. The information is better on your phone, but there are a few highlights in a pinch. On the other side to require enough room to be under the TVs for the shelves, TVs themselves often are much higher than you normally would like to put them at, so you’re watching them off-axis.
The 90-day policy of Costco TV returns. Two years of tech support are also available. Most impressively, the manufacturer’s warranty is automatically expanded to two years. Costco will extend that for another two years if you use your credit card. TVs normally come with one year of work or, in some cases, one year of work for pieces and 90 days of work.
90-day return policy and a lifetime product support line are available for BJ’s Wholesale. Protection Plus offers extended warranties through Asurion which do not include “burned-in phosphorous in cathode-ray tubes or any other display type.”
OLED television has no phosphorous, yet it’s safe to bet that if you try to use the warranty, some semantics won’t fool anyone. Sam’s Club has a 90-day policy on returning TVs and technology support and offers SquareTrade warranty that does not cover burn-in as other SquareTrade warranties.
Pros: Better return and guarantee options compared to other retailers in Costco’s case. Support provided over-the-phone software. Boxes available to increase information panels for anything in stock.
Cons: the terrible place for the quality of the picture.
Best Buy is the last consumer in major retailers with products, with over 1,000 shops throughout the United States. More importantly, it often does much more than the others here to make you feel how the TV looks. It’s vital to us. The TV area is often darker than the rest of the store, with many shops featuring a Magnolia Home Theater section that is off-limits to some TVs. In most cases, highly installed TVs are tilted for better visibility in either section.
There are also many more manufacturing-sponsored pieces, so you’ll see several TVs clustered with additional technical knowledge from Samsung, LG or Sony. Every national distributor has an optimal place to determine the accuracy of the TV pictures, but Best Buy is much easier than the alternatives.
Unfortunately, before you can’t return it, you’ll only have 15 days to decide whether you like the TV. If you are a My Best Buy client, you will have thirty or forty-five “Elite” members in that situation.
The hardware and warranty services are expanded, but both costs are extra. They both come to your house with TVs of more than 42 inches covered under their banner Geek Squad. Perhaps interestingly, the warranty involves burn-in: “Repairing pixels and burn-in TV covers. If your pixels are odd or you look at the shadow picture sticking, we’ll get your screen back to pristine condition.”
Pros: Best national store to test image quality (again, this is a low bar)
Con: No place to calculate the quality of the picture 15 days’ return window.