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Shopping for a Flat Screen TV Online

Aug 17, 2007
There are many different options for purchasing a flat screen TV. Consumers can visit a retail store in person, shop on-line or via mail-order catalogs. More and more, shoppers have turned to the convenience of buying flat screen TVs on-line. For a shipping fee, one can avoid the hassle of trying to fit a large appliance in the car and have it delivered directly to the house instead. As with any purchase made over the internet, a good deal on a flat screen TV can turn into large problems.

Consumers should take the old adage to heart: if something is too good to be true, then it probably is. Once a particular model is chosen, research its general price range. If the price for a flat screen TV model is much lower than the going rate this should throw a red flag. Do some more digging to find out why the retailer comes in so much lower than its competitors. Legitimate businesses can not afford to give away such expensive products and stay in business. These TVs are heavy, so the shipping charges can be high. Purchasers of flat screen TVs should also be wary of offers that make up low prices with unreasonably high shipping fees.

Again, do some research to find out what other retailers charge to ship the same product. When all is said and done, that good deal could end up costing much more than average once shipping is included. Manufacturers of flat screen TVs usually offer a warranty. Read it to find out exactly what is covered, for how long and who pays for shipping. Check to see if the warranty is from an American company and keep a copy of it. Research the most common things that go wrong with the chosen model and find out if they are covered by the warranty. If at all possible, check the reputation of the company with a local Better Business Bureau.

A consumer that buys a flat screen TV should learn the companys exchange and return policies before making the purchase. If the company is in a different city or state, find out who pays the shipping on a returned or exchanged item and how long the transaction should typically take. It is a good idea to purchase anything online, especially something as expensive as a flat screen TV, with a credit card. Some credit card companies offer their own warranties on purchases and most offer a dispute process.

A customer might obtain a full refund from the credit card company if a purchase was made from misleading or untrue advertisements. Call the credit card company before making a purchase and understand what consumer protections are available. With a little research a consumer can gain a lot of knowledge that will pay off in getting the best deal available and a clear understanding of what to do in case something goes wrong.
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Zark Barker runs TheFlatScreenTV.com
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