Are you in the market for a new television? Before you run for the internet or visit your local big box store, consider another option: buying used.
For example, an estate sale is a great place to find a high quality TV set at a fraction of the new cost. If you find yourself interested in this idea, here are a few tips to follow:
1. Read Reviews
In today’s day and age, you can learn more about any TV by simply visiting the internet and reading consumer reviews. Pay close attention to reliability ratings, as this will give you a clear idea of how long (in general) you can expect it to provide you with service.
2. What’s the Condition?
Some used TVs look as good as new. Others, however, have scratches and dings from one side to the next. If there’s something you don’t like about the condition, take it into consideration before buying.
3. Size Matters
Even if a deal looks too good to pass by, remember this: the TV has to fit in your home. Don’t get so excited about making a purchase that you forget to measure.
4. Picture Quality
If possible, turn the TV on so that you can get a good idea of the picture quality. During this time, check for any issues that could hold you back from buying, such as burnt out pixels or gouges on the screen.
5. Remote Control
This may not make or break the deal, but it’s best to purchase a used TV that includes the remote. With this, you’ll find it easier to learn more about the TV and program it to meet your specifications.
Have you ever purchased a used TV? Did you follow these tips? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.