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Basic Guide for Buying a Television at an Estate Sale

LCD HDTVIn the past, we have discussed the ins and outs of purchasing a computer at an estate sale. This time around, let’s take a closer look at what goes into buying a second hand television.

It’s not uncommon to find a television (or several) for sale at an estate sale. While you may be tempted to make a quick purchase, as the price is likely lower than anything you would find at a local store, don’t pull the trigger until you consider the following:

1. Does it work? If you can’t answer this question you are taking a big risk. Before purchasing a television, just the same as any other electronic item, make sure it works. This takes most of the risk out of the purchase, thus giving you peace of mind.

2. Wear and tear. Do your best to get a better idea of the television’s age, as well as how often it has been used. A make, model, and serial number should help you learn more about the age. Amount of use, on the other hand, is much more complicated. The best you can hope for is that the seller or estate sale company can provide more information.

Tip: if a television looks like it is beaten up, such as scratches on the screen, it is likely that it hasn’t been treated well over the years.

3. The manufacturer. As you know, some television manufacturers have a better reputation for reliability than others. Here is a list of the best television brands. There is no guarantee that your used television will provide many years of service, but you have a better chance of this happening when you purchase a high quality brand.

If you have any interest in buying a television at an estate sale, these tips will serve you well.

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