TV Shopping: Just in Time for the Super Bowl
Guide To: Online and Offline TV Stores
Marketplace Link: TVs and Video Screens
According to a 2010 Retail Advertising and Marketing Association survey, by this Sunday (Feb. 7) 3.6 million people will have taken advantage of Super Bowl sales to buy a new TV. If you’re planning on upgrading your tech set-up before the game, but you’ve been procrastinating, we’ve rounded up some last-minute deals and a few places where you can shop before Sunday.
Shipping and delivery times vary by store. If you’re ordering online, double-check the store’s policies to make sure you’ll actually be getting your TV in time for the game.
- Amazon.com (Online): They have almost any TV you could want, and there are definite possibilities for finding good deals. If you purchase select TVs that are 36 inches or larger, you might be eligible for enhanced delivery, which allows you to schedule the delivery day (including weekends). Certain cities are also eligible for Local Express Delivery. Whether or not you’ll be able to get your TV in time for the game depends on the delivery option and product, so read the fine print.
- Best Buy (Various Locations/Online): With stores across the country, they’re a go-to source for last-minute big game TV shopping. Right now, select TVs come with free delivery, installation, and they’ll recycle your old TV for you. You can also buy online and then go pick up your TV from the store.
- New Egg.com (Online): Like other retailers, they have a Super Bowl special with deals on TVs and other tech equipment. However, they require 1-2 business days to process shipping and they don’t do weekend deliveries, so only shop here if you’re looking for Super Bowl deals, but you don’t need a new TV in time for the game.
- Target (Various Locations/Online): This megastore has a decent electronics department, with HDTVs from Vizio, Philips, Sony, Magnavox, Sylvania, and Panasonic. Since they’ve got locations everywhere, it’s easy to shop in-person.
- ABT Electronics & Appliances (Online): This isn’t just an online warehouse, but a real store with real people (and personable service) on the other end. Pre-Super-Bowl, they’re offering free shipping on TVs. (Unfortunately, ensured delivery in time for the game has passed for anyone but those lucky people who live within their local delivery area—they’re based in the Chicago metro region. If you live there, you have until Friday 2/5 at 2pm to order.)
- Hanspree Monitors (Various Locations/Online): If you’d prefer to get a big-screen monitor for your computer or gaming console (rather than spring for a new TV), Hanspree sells widescreen HD, LCD, and HDTV monitors. You can find Hanspree monitors at Amazon, Hanspree Stores (on the West Coast), Best Buy, MicroCenter, CompUSA, American TV, and other stores.