New vs Used TVs - Which do I buy?
In an ideal and straightforward and simple world, we'd take the new every time, wouldn't we?
It doesn't matter if it's a television, car or vacuum cleaner. If you were given a straight choice of taking the new product - straight out of the box or off the shop or showroom floor - or one that had been watched, driven or hoovered by somebody else, we are bound to choose the shiny and new. It's a no-brainer!
However, we don't live in an ideal or straightforward or simple world and so the decision about whether to plump for the new TV or used TV becomes a bit more complicated. Here are some points for you to consider to help you wrestle with the big question: New Vs Used TVs - which do I buy?
It's all about the money
Well, it has been said that money makes the world go around - and for most people deciding whether to buy a new or used television, almost inevitably, it will be all about the money.
If it is all about economics, let's have a look at some figures...
As an example, take the Samsung 55" JS9000 9 Series Curved SUHD 4k Nano Crystal Smart 3DTV. Even if you know next to nothing about televisions, it sounds pretty impressive, doesn't it?
And, of course, anybody who knows a thing or two about TVs would look at the long list of features and spec that is packed into the Samsung JS9000 and agree that it is a pretty impressive TV.
And that theory would be backed up by its price tag. The RRP is £2,229.99.
A quick browse of eBay listings and you find the Samsung 55" JS9000 9 Series Curved SUHD 4k Nano Crystal Smart 3DTV again. There's one for sale right now as I type. The price? £1,099.99. Even adding the £44.99 postage to anywhere in the UK and that represents a saving, compared to new, of £1, 085.01.
Okay, the listing talks of 'minor scuffs' and 'cosmetic marks' but it also states that the TV has been tested and is in full working order. It has 30 days returns available and warranty.
Is it all about just doing the maths?
Well, on the face of it, maybe it is - £1000 is a considerable sum of money in most people's language, but really it's about weighing things up and deciding what the most important factors for you are.
Buying used televisions is about compromises and you arriving at a decision about what you prepared to compromise on.
Looking at listings and doing your research will help you reach the right decision for you.