Best time to buy HDTVs, LCD TV
The best time to buy HDTV, LCD TV is six to 12 months after a particular model is launched. Preferentially, at April when the new models are just launched.
The reason is that for most Japanese manufacturers, the fiscal year ends in March. The new models will be released after March. At that time, old models have to be cleared from the inventory. Just like any electronics, a new TV drops in price after a few months on the market, says CNET’s Merritt. There are three things to consider:
- Newer models are unlikely to offer any significant improvements to justify that brand new price.
- It needs some time for consumers to evaluate the products on the market.
- Unlike computers, LCD TV technology is proceeding in a speed that it will not out of date soon.
Updated on April 11, 2010.
This is an old wisdom, I think, at least in part. This year, HDTV has been improved so much and the prices of new models are becoming very reasonable, especially LG and Vizio brands. 3D TV might be still in its infancy, but new LED TVs will offer much better picture quality, along with with extensive Internet contents, and even with built-in WiFi. If you don’t want Internet contents, some of last year model such as LG 55LH90 is a great buy. Otherwise, I would wait for new and better LED TVs this year and buy when these models are on sale later in the year.