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Buying a TV at Costco...

oldgrump 49 October 20, 2012 at 05:57 AM
Getting it there becuase of the liberal 90 day return and extended warraty offered.

But really confuzzled by what brand to get. They all look the same to me!

I see a lot of complaints online about Vizio, both the TV and support. Had a Sony die just out of warranty so don't want another - although it was a fantastic TV.

So what's a good brand to buy... something that's reliable?

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Samsung is generally considered the best when it comes to TVs, but it all depends on your budget.

How much are you looking to spend and what size?
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What are you going to use the TV for and in what lighting conditions will you be watching it (i.e. in a very sunlight area vs. only used at night for watching movies)?
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Getting it there becuase of the liberal 90 day return and extended warraty offered.

But really confuzzled by what brand to get. They all look the same to me!

I see a lot of complaints online about Vizio, both the TV and support. Had a Sony die just out of warranty so don't want another - although it was a fantastic TV.

So what's a good brand to buy... something that's reliable?
The type of television and the brand of television that you should buy will depend on your price range and the features that you are looking for. Some people say Vizio is crap, and there are others who say that they are great televisions. Personally, the experiences that I have had with Vizio brand televisions have been nothing but negative, and I wouldn't consider buying another one in the future. I never had good luck with Sony's either, any of their electronics besides stereos, their DVD players, Blu Ray players, and televisions always died within the warranty period for me. I really like Panasonic, JVC, and RCA, but again, it really depends on what you are looking for when it comes to buying a new television.

As for whether or not shopping at Costco is a good idea, it's a great idea. They offer one of the best no hassle return policies of anywhere, and if you don't like it, you just return it, no questions asked.
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I prefer Sharp brand , but it all depends on your budget.
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Yeah, you'll get a different opinion from everyone you ask. I happen to have had GREAT luck with Vizio, so I recommend those to all of my family & friends.

But pretty much you'll be fine with any major brand - Panasonic, JVC, Samsung, Sharp... but I'd agree that Sony is crap these days.
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After being incredibly disappointed after a Costco $1,300 Sony LCD panel died less than a month after the AMEX warranty expired (3 years, 18 days) I found a JVC on sale at Costco for $499 and bought their $30 Squaretrade five year warranty extension. Maybe it was the closed circuit signal, but the pictures on display all looked pretty much the same although because of the height the viewing angle was less than ideal. We bought it because it seemed to have comparatively good sound, and it does but since setting it up have discovered it's slow at changing channels, slow at starting up and lacks a decent guide for OTA stations (the Sony had the latter) and lacks redundant needed inputs. Just some things to check if one's looking for TV's....

It doesn't have a lot of the frills we grew to enjoy, but we paid dearly for those in the Sony and are disappointed both that it's headed to the dump and that we thought we were buying quality.

So, there's the crapshoot. Thanks for the inputs.

Anyone want a Sony with a bad LCD before it's ground up?
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