Best Cyber Monday TV Deals

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November 27, 2013

in TOP 5 Black Friday Deals


Great TV + Great Discount = Great Cyber Monday Deal

Crappy TV + Great Discount = Crappy Cyber Monday Deal


 

Our logic

Just because the price was slashed by a HUGE %, doesn’t mean you should buy it! We would personally NOT buy any of the following, and we hope you don’t either.

These Deals DO NOT GET OUR HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION

  1. This 32″ Seiki  – we wouldn’t buy it. Read some of the 1 star and 2 star reviews and you’ll understand why you shouldn’t buy it
  2. This 32″ Funai sold for $98 on Black Friday- again, we won’t buy it
  3. This 32″ oCosmo has a BIG discount, but we wouldn’t recommend it
  4. This 32″ Element LED TV from Sam’s Club
  5. This 50″ Insignia from Best Buy – not a single review and it’s a 60 Hz model. Product description says “Incredible dynamic contrast ratio (110,000:1)” INCREDIBLE? Then how do you describe the 4,000,000:1 contrast ratio of this Sharp TV? FYI, 4 million is about 40 X bigger than 110,000 :mrgreen:
  6. This 32″ 720p 60Hz Samsung – we don’t hate this TV! 720p and 60Hz on a 32″ is not as bad as the same configurations on a 50″ TV. So if there aren’t any other deals, go for it.
  7. This 39″ 1080p 60 Hz Samsung (33% off deal – Expired as of December 5th 2013) is also OK – but keep in mind it’s NOT 120 Hz, which is what we recommend most. But if you can spare $100 more, go for 120 Hz like on this 40″ 1080p 120 Hz Samsung. You’re also getting an extra inch (39″ inches vs 40″). I’d give 100 bucks for an extra inch any day!

You get the idea, if that’s the kind of deal you’re looking for, sorry, you won’t find them here!

Cheap TVs are CHEAP for a reason! Here are some of the common problems with inferior quality TV sets

  • Poor uniformity of light – the corners are dark and the center is bright or vice versa
  • A LOT of dead pixels – an LCD panel is made of millions of pixels (e.g. full HD TV has 1920 X 1080 = 2 million pixels). Some people complain even when 1 or 2 pixels are dead. But with poorer quality TVs, 100s of dead pixels isn’t uncommon
  • Poor durability
  • Poor color contrast – the whites are not white enough, the blacks are not black enough – so everything is kind of in the middle
  • Dim picture – Picture is too dim when the displays are not very bright – don’t work well for rooms filled with bright day light

If the TV is going to be in a workshop, and you’re going to use it more as a radio and not a TV, yes, then it’s OK to buy a cheap TV. If you want to ENJOY the rich colors, high definition, good color contrast, go for a good brand name!

Here is a nice article from USA Today – They say “Be careful of those cheap HDTVs that are flawed in some way” and “You watch almost five hours of TV a day, why buy a bad set?”

The GOOD NEWS is that there are some decent TVs this Cyber Monday with Brand names like Sharp, LG, Samsung and Vizio. Our advice is that you stick with one of them! But do keep in mind that these are by no means the BEST TVs available today!

Minimum recommended criteria

  1. 1080p HD resolution – there’s plenty of 1080p Blue Rays and HD broadcasts. Don’t deny yourself of the 1080p pleasures :)
  2. 120Hz refresh rates – you’ll notice that a lot of the Cyber Monday TV Deals this year are 60 Hz models. With 60 Hz, you may get some motion blur/lag/delay when watching fast moving complex images such as those in sports (e.g. foot ball, car racing etc.)
  3. High-end Specs- these are NOT musts, but good to have features

    1. Micro-dimming – one of the inherent problems of LED TVs is there inability to produce dark blacks. TVs with local/micro-dimming have extra mechanisms to make images extra dark. However, this is only available on a few Samsung, Sony etc. TVs. If you can’t afford those expensive ones, don’t fret too much. But if you have the funds, go for a TV with micro-dimming by all means.
    2. Built in Wi-Fi/Smart TV – with all the options there are with NetFlix, Amazon Prime etc. etc. Built-in Wi Fi is a good thing to have. If your Blue ray player is Smart, or you use your Xbox/PSP’s ‘Smart functions’, then you don’t necessarily need the TV to be smart
    3. Doesn’t hurt to have at least 3 HDMI inputs – 1 for the Blue Ray, 1 for the Xbox, you never know when you’ll need the other, for a tablet, for a laptop etc…

Cyber Monday 11.30pm CST update

Most of the deals have now Expired, Gone out of stock or have been watered down. However, keep checking because we have seen them come back in stock!

1. Samsung 32-Inch 1080p 60 Hz Smart LED HDTV (UN32EH5300)

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Black Friday SPECIAL Price 40% off Regular Price (Expired) Now 20% off Regular Price (Now EXPIRED)
Do we RECOMMEND this Black Friday deal or NOT? Yes, if you can grab it for the deal price, it’s great. It’s more expensive than this 32″ Seiki and this 32″ Funai. However, the picture quality is way better. If you’d rather forget the price and want a higher quality 32″ LED TV, we recommend this 2013 model.
Brand Samsung
Model UN32EH5300
Screen Size 32 inches
LCD/LED or Plasma LED
3D No, 32″ TVs don’t generally come with 3D. If you want 3D, we recommend that you go with a bigger TV. If you MUST HAVE 3D in your 32″ TV, your options are very limited. You can check out this Vizio, but we don’t necessarily recommend it.
HD Resolution 1080p Full HD Resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Refresh Rate 60 Hz – in our Specs of an Ideal TV, we recommend 120Hz. But with a smaller TV like a 32 incher, 60 Hz is OK. But for a bigger TV, you definitely need 120Hz or more. Besides, this Samsung has a clear motion rate of 120
Energy Star energy efficiency standards met? Yes, estimated energy costs are only $6/year
Wi-Fi connectivity Yes
Web Browser Yes
Apps Yes
HDMI inputs 3
USB inputs 2
Other inputs 1 component, 1 ethernet
Any special features? Nothing extravagant like built-in sub-woofers or dual-core processors, that’s why it’s reasonably priced
Special Remarks Recommended for most people that will be using this for general viewing. For fast moving video games or sports/action, there may be a little motion blur/delay, but it won’t be a big problem unless you’re a videophile.
Any negatives 120 Hz refresh rate would have been great

2. Samsung 46-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (UN46EH5000)

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Cyber Monday SPECIAL Price $477.99 $507 Now ~$627 (40″ size is the same price on both Amazon and Walmart)
Do we RECOMMEND this Cyber Monday deal or NOT? NO! Why not? Because it only has a 60Hz refresh rate. If this was smaller than 40″, we would have been fine with the 60 Hz. But this is a 46″ TV. It also has no built-in Wi Fi. It’s also a 2012 model. We would recommend Best Buy’s 50″ LC-50LB150U for $399 or the 42″ LC-42LB150U for $299 over this Samsung. However, if you want a REALLY good 46″ Samsung we recommend the 120Hz, 3D Samsung UN46FH6030 for only $100 more
Brand Samsung
Model UN46EH5000
Screen Size 46 inches
LCD/LED or Plasma LED
LED Backlight Technology LED-lit
3D No, there is a 120Hz, 3D Samsung UN46FH6030 for only $100 more
HD Resolution 1080p Full HD Resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Energy Star energy efficiency standards met? Yes, estimated energy costs are only $9/year
Wi-Fi connectivity No
Web Browser No
Apps No
HDMI inputs 2
USB inputs 1
Other inputs 1 component in
Any special features? ConnectShare Movie
Special Remarks NOT Recommended, this is almost 2014! We recommend one of the models mentioned above.
Any negatives 60 Hz, no built-in Wi-Fi, only 2 HDMI ports

3. Samsung 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Ultra Slim Smart LED HDTV (UN55F7100)

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Cyber Monday SPECIAL Price $1200 $900 off the List Price
Do we RECOMMEND this Cyber Monday deal or NOT? Yes we do. But if you’re in the market for a Samsung, chances are you appreciate quality. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, If you can invest a little bit more, go for the Sony KDL-55W900A. It’s like the BEST 55″ TV EVER.. In fact, we will go to the extent of saying even if you’re looking to buy a 50″ or 60″ sacrifice a little on size and go for this 55″ Sony. Check out how many 1 star and 2 star reviews there are, and you’ll immediately see what we’re talking about. However, such great quality doesn’t come cheap.If you think 240 Hz and 3D is a little stretch and would like to settle for something about $400 cheaper, check out this LG 55LN5790 which comes with a free 60W sound bar
Brand Samsung
Model UN55F7100
Screen Size 55 inches
LCD/LED or Plasma LED
LED Backlight Technology LED-Edge Lit with micro dimming – this is the reason this TV is expensive. Micro-dimming can make a BIG difference in producing deep blacks. If you can afford the extra few hundred dollars, the F7100 series is better than the F6300 series for this reason.
3D Yes, if you want to save a couple of hundred dollars by going for a NON-3D model, check out the F6300 series
HD Resolution 1080p Full HD Resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Refresh Rate 240 Hz
Energy Star energy efficiency standards met? Yes, estimated energy costs are only $12/year
Wi-Fi connectivity Yes
Web Browser Yes
Apps Yes
HDMI inputs 4
USB inputs 3
Other inputs 1X Component Video Input; 1X Shared Composite
Any special features? Micro Dimming; Narrow Bezel; Ultra Slim Profile (1.2″); Dual Core Processor; Smart TV with Voice Control (talk to your TV); Interact with streaming content and the web; Smart Touch Remote; DLNA; Samsung Smart View; Dolby Digital Plus; DTS Premium Sound; Delivers immersive 5.1 surround sound from any DTS-encoded content
Special Remarks Recommended, however, it’s best to be aware of the basic differences between Samsung’s F6300, F6400 and F7100 series before you make the purchase so that you don’t spend any less or any more than you want to spend.
  • F6300 series: 1080p, 120 Hz, Smart TV, Wi-Fi, 1.9″ thick
  • F6400 series: 1080p, 120 Hz, 3D, micro-dimming, Smart TV, Wi-Fi, 1.9″ thick
  • F7100 series: 1080p, 240 Hz, 3D, micro-dimming, Smart TV, Wi-Fi, 1.2″ thin

We can’t make the decision for you, but we think the F6400 would be the sweet spot for most people. But if there is no price difference between the F6400 and F7100, you might as well go for the latter. The F6300 is bound to be cheaper than the other two though.Any negativesNo real negatives, sorry to disappoint ya :mrgreen:


4. Panasonic 47″ (TC-L47WT60) and 55″ (TC-L55WT60) 1080p 240Hz Smart 3D IPS LED HDTV

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Cyber Monday SPECIAL Price 40% off the list price on both the 47 inch and 55″ models. (NOW Expired)
Do we RECOMMEND this Cyber Monday deal or NOT? Hmm… this is EXPENSIVE! With the WT60 series, you’re paying for premium features like 240 Hz refresh rate, Voice Guidance, Voice Interaction, Intelligent Local Dimming, Dual Core with Hexa Processing, VIERA Touch Pad Controller, ISFCC Certification and a Built-In Camera. There’s nothing wrong with those, but not everybody need them. If you want those fancy features, this is your chance to buy it at a 40% discount. But if you don’t want them, you can check out the Panasonic 3D ET60 series or the Panasonic non-3D E60 series. They both are excellent and have excellent customer reviews.We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, if you’re willing to invest upwards of $1000 on a 55″ LED TV, YOU MUST CHECK OUT the Sony KDL-55W900A. It’s like the BEST 55″ TV EVER.. In fact, we will go to the extent of saying even if you’re looking to buy a 50″ or 60″ sacrifice a little on size and go for this 55″ Sony. Check out how many 1 star and 2 star reviews there are, and you’ll immediately see what we’re talking about. However, such great quality doesn’t come cheap.
Brand Panasonic
Model TC-L55WT60
Screen Size 47 and 55 inches
LCD/LED or Plasma LED
LED Backlight Technology IPS LED LCD TV with 4200 BLS (Backlight Scanning) technology
3D Yes. If you want a non-3D Panasonic, consider the Panasonic E60 series
HD Resolution 1080p Full HD Resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Refresh Rate 240 Hz
Energy Star energy efficiency standards met? Yes, estimated energy costs are only $15/year for the 47″ and $18/year for the 55″ TV
Wi-Fi connectivity Yes
Web Browser Yes
Apps Yes
HDMI inputs 3
USB inputs 3
Other inputs Component Video Input: 1 RCA phono type, 1 Ethernet, SD Card Slot
Any special features? 2D-3D Conversion, Voice Guidance, Voice Interaction, Intelligent Local Dimming, Dual Core with Hexa Processing, VIERA Touch Pad Controller, ISFCC Certification and a Built-In Camera, 4X 3D Eyewear Included, VR-Audio Pro Surround 2.1, 178 degree Viewing Angle, Bluetooth – like we said before, this is a full-blown model!
Special Remarks Go for it by all means if you have the funds. However, do take a close look at the Sony KDL-55W900A (our favorite by a mile), the Panasonic 3D ET60 series and the Panasonic non-3D E60 series and make a decision.
Any negatives None other than the price!

5. LG 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV + Free Sound Bar (55LM4700)

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Cyber Monday SPECIAL Price $799 on Walmart (Now out of stock)
Do we RECOMMEND this Cyber Monday deal or NOT? Yes, it’s a great deal on a great TV set. This is a 2012 model however and you can also check out the2013 model which has some more advanced features, at an extra cost of course.
Brand LG
Model 55LM4700
Screen Size 55 inches
LCD/LED or Plasma LED
LED Backlight Technology Edge-lit LED
3D Yes. 4 pairs of passive 3D glasses are included
HD Resolution 1080p Full HD Resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Refresh Rate 120 Hz
Energy Star energy efficiency standards met? Yes, estimated energy costs are only $15/year
Wi-Fi connectivity Yes
Web Browser Yes
Apps Yes
HDMI inputs 3
USB inputs 1
Other inputs 1 x VGA input, 1 x audio line-in ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ), 2 x component video input ( RCA phono x 3 ), 1 x network ( RJ-45 ), 1 x composite video/audio input ( RCA phono x 3 )
Any special features? 2D-3D Conversion, Built-in digital tuner, 1.4″ Ultra-Slim, 40 Watts (2ch) Dolby sounds
Special Remarks It’s a great deal. However, this doesn’t have the micro-dimming feature the Samsung F6400 series and F7100 series, and Sony KDL-55W900A has. However, they are also more expensive. But do take a look at them and decide which model suits your needs the best
Any negatives No significant negatives

6. Samsung 55″ 1080p, 120Hz LED HDTV(UN55ES6003)

Cyber Monday SPECIAL Price $997 at TigerDirect
Do we RECOMMEND this Cyber Monday deal or NOT? NO. This is a 2012 “dumb” model. When there are Smart 2013 models for just a couple hundred more dollars, you can’t justify investing on this. Consider the Samsung F6400 series or F7100 series which are smarter etc. etc.
Brand Samsung
Model UN55ES6003
Screen Size 55 inches
LCD/LED or Plasma LED
3D No. If you want 3D, consider F6400 series or F7100 series
HD Resolution 1080p Full HD Resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Refresh Rate 120 Hz
Energy Star energy efficiency standards met? Yes, estimated energy costs are only $10/year
Wi-Fi connectivity No
Web Browser No
Apps No
HDMI inputs 2
USB inputs 1
Other inputs Component Video Input: 1, Shared Composite In (AV): 1
Any special features? Nothing much to write home about! ConnectShare Movie
Special Remarks An older ‘dumb’ model that we don’t think you should invest on
Any negatives Yes, we talked about them above

7. LG 55″ 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (55LN5100)

LG 55LN5100

Black Friday SPECIAL Price $499 at Best Buy. Out of stock online
Do we RECOMMEND this Black Friday deal or NOT? Yes, if you can grab it for $499, we highly recommend it. However, if you can invest a little bit more, we recommend the Sony KDL-55W900A. It’s like the BEST 55″ TV EVER. Just look at the customer reviews and you’ll understand. If you’d rather stick with an LG, we recommend the LG 55LN5710 SMART TV over the “dumb” LG 55LN5100. The Panasonic TC-L58E60 is also another highly recommended TV of this size range.
Brand LG
Model 55LN5100
Screen Size 55 inches
LCD/LED or Plasma LED
3D No, we recommend this LG 55LA6900 or this Samsung UN55F6400 if you want a high quality 55 inch 3D TV
HD Resolution 1080p Full HD Resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Refresh Rate 120 Hz
Energy Star energy efficiency standards met? Yes, estimated energy costs are only $12/year
Wi-Fi connectivity No
Web Browser No
Apps No
HDMI inputs 2
USB inputs 1
Other inputs 1 component (rear), 1 composite (rear) and 1 RF antenna/cable (rear).
Any special features? Virtual surround sound, Resolution upscaler
Special Remarks Recommended, if you’re on a budget. Good for everyday TV watching, however, if you want maximum picture quality with rich colors and high contrast ratios together with internet access, Wi-Fi compatibility, web-browser, and smart apps, consider the Sony KDL-55W900A, LG 55LN5710 SMART TV, or Panasonic TC-L58E60.
Any negatives No built-in Wi-Fi, no ethernet port, so you’ll need to buy a set top box like the Roku Streaming Player if you want to go online. e.g. access NetFlix, Amazon Prime content, Hulu etc. etc. It also doesn’t have 3D (but that’s not a must for everyone). And it’s picture quality isn’t comparable to the ones mentioned above

 


8. VIZIO 60″ E Series 120Hz 1080p Razor LED Smart HDTV (E601i-A3)

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Black Friday SPECIAL Price $688 on Amazon online or Thursday in-store at Walmart for $688 (6 p.m. One-Hour Guarantee) (Expired, now $898)
Do we RECOMMEND this Black Friday deal or NOT? Yes, SUPER HOT. Unlike several other Black Friday deals, this is a full-blown, feature-rich LED TV. It’s SMART, it has built-in Wi Fi, it’s ultra thin, has a slim bezel etc. etc. in addition to being 1080p and 120Hz. In addition, it’s a VIZIO, not an Emerson or a SEIKI or a Westinghouse (no pun intended). For $688, it’s worth driving to Walmart and having to deal with the crowds. However, if you can invest a little bit more for a 240Hz model, we recommend this VIZIO M601d-A3R. Other top-quality 60 inch LED TVs are Sharp LC-60LE757U Aquos Quattron 1080p 240Hz Smart LED HDTV and Samsung UN60F6400 1080p 120Hz Slim Smart LED HDTV.
Brand VIZIO
Model E601i-A3
Screen Size 60 inches
LCD/LED or Plasma LED
3D No, but this VIZIO has 3D
HD Resolution 1080p Full HD Resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Refresh Rate 120 Hz
Energy Star energy efficiency standards met? Yes, estimated energy costs are only $17/year
Wi-Fi connectivity Yes
Web Browser Yes
Apps VIA (VIZIO Internet Apps)
HDMI inputs 4
USB inputs 2
Other inputs 1 component (side), 1 composite, PC: 1 VGA, Ethernet: 1 and 1 RF antenna/cable.
Any special features? Ambient Light Sensor, Enhanced 2-sided remote with keyboard, 1.94″ ultra-slim
Special Remarks Highly recommended if you can grab it for $688. If you have to pay full price, you might as well go for a Sharp LC-60LE757U Aquos Quattron 1080p 240Hz Smart LED HDTV or Samsung UN60F6400 1080p 120Hz Slim Smart LED HDTV.
Any negatives Nothing really, other than there’s no 3D. If you don’t want 3D, this works great. However, if you do like to have 3D, take a look at this VIZIO

 


9. Samsung 65-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (UN65EH6000)

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Black Friday SPECIAL Price $999 at AmazonClick Here to see if the deal is live (Expired)
Do we RECOMMEND this Black Friday deal or NOT? Yes, but it’s not a SMART TV. And it’s a 2012 model. But if you can afford to spend a little bit more, we recommend the Samsung UN60F6400 1080p 120Hz Slim Smart LED HDTV or this Sharp LC-60LE757U Aquos Quattron 1080p 240Hz Smart LED HDTV .
Brand Samsung
Model UN65EH600
Screen Size 65 inches
LCD/LED or Plasma LED
3D No, but this Samsung is 3D
HD Resolution 1080p Full HD Resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Refresh Rate 120 Hz
Energy Star energy efficiency standards met? Yes, estimated energy costs are only $18/year
Wi-Fi connectivity No
Web Browser No
Apps No
HDMI inputs 2
USB inputs 1
Special Remarks Definitely a good 65″ TV with very good picture quality. But this is 2012 technology and we’re almost 2 years ahead of the manufacturing date of this, and technology does get obsolete. It’s great value for money, but if you can afford to invest a few more hundred dollars, we recommend the Samsung UN60F6400 1080p 120Hz Slim Smart LED HDTV or this Sharp LC-60LE757U Aquos Quattron 1080p 240Hz Smart LED HDTV over the UN65EH6000.
Any negatives Yup, it’s not SMART, no internet, no 3D. If you want a 65″ TV under $1000 over internet and 3D and apps etc., this will be that perfect Black Friday TV Deal.

 


10. Sharp 50″ 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (LC-50LB150U)

Sharp LC-50LB150U Black Friday TV deal

Black Friday SPECIAL Price $399 at Best Buy: (may need to use the promotional code SHARP50DEAL) Now out of stock
UPDATE: LC-42LB150U the 42″ version of the 50″ LC-50LB150U is on sale for $299. Yes we HIGHLY recommend it. (Now expired)
Do we RECOMMEND this Black Friday deal or NOT? If it’s still available for $399, yes we do. However, if you can invest a little bit more, we recommend the the Panasonic TC-L50E60 or Samsung UN50EH5300 (very cheap) over the Sharp LC-50LB150U for better picture quality
Brand Sharp
Model LC-50LB150U
Screen Size 50 inches
LCD/LED or Plasma LED
LED Backlight Technology Direct-lit LED backlighting
3D No, we recommend this VIZIO or this LG if you want a high quality 50 inch 3D TV
HD Resolution 1080p Full HD Resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Refresh Rate 120 Hz
Energy Star energy efficiency standards met? Yes, estimated energy costs are only $13/year
Wi-Fi connectivity No
Web Browser No
Apps No
HDMI inputs 3
USB inputs 1
Other inputs 1 shared component/composite video, 1 PC, 1 PC audio (3.5mm), 1 DVI and 1 antenna/cable
Any special features? MHL (Mobile High Definition Link) enabled; DTS sound technology
Special Remarks Recommended, if you’re on a budget or it’s not your main TV. OK for everyday TV watching, however, if you want internet access, Wi-Fi compatibility, web-browser, smart apps and better picture quality, consider the the Panasonic TC-L50E60 or Samsung UN50EH5300 (very cheap)
Any negatives No built-in Wi-Fi, no ethernet port, so you’ll need to buy a set top box like the Roku Streaming Player if you want to go online. e.g. access NetFlix, Amazon Prime content, Hulu etc. etc. It also doesn’t have 3D (but that’s not a must for everyone). And it’s picture quality isn’t comparable to the ones mentioned above

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emily December 2, 2013 at 8:50 am

Your link for the “LC-42LB150U the 42″ version of the 50″ LC-50LB150U is on sale for $299.” isn’t accurate. It brings you to Best Buy for $479.99. Can you give me more information on this? Was it until a certain time or was it on a different site, etc.? I’d really like to find this deal and get this TV at the price, if possible. Thanks for the info!

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Admin December 2, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Sorry Emily my bad, we hadn’t updated that it was expired.

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Andi December 2, 2013 at 9:02 am

How can you Possibly post a TV that’s $500 And then instead recommend a TV that’s three times the price as an alternative?! It’s asinine.

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