The best time to buy a TV (Not Prime day)

Dodgexander

Moderator
Often people come on here with a set budget, but they may not realise that depending on which time you choose to buy, you can get more for your money.

This is a pattern repeated every year in the TV industry and it evolves around the new release of models which is usually between spring and summer of each year.

At this moment in time (30/07/2017) here in the UK we have mostly missed the boat now on 2016 models. Some rare deals can be found, but mostly all the 2016 models that were the best bang for buck have now sold out.

To illustrate difference in pricing, I've grabbed a couple of screenshots of a couple popular tv's price history from pricespy:




So what does this mean? No two years are the same and pricing can differ between model ranges/inflation/currency etc but it tells us if you buy at the wrong time, you could be paying a lot for less.

e.g

Now you can buy the Samsung 55MU6400 for close to £900. Would you like to buy that TV now, or wait until prices drop on better TVs later in time? You could get the KS7000 for close to that price last year, which is a much, much better TV.

Would you buy one of the new 2017 OLEDs now, or wait for them to get almost half in price?

So you might think, well the MU6400 is a newer model, why not get a newer TV? This is true, but with TVs there is a big difference between budget, mid range and high range products. So much so that if you can get a new budget TV from this year or an older higher end TV from last year, its clear which is better.

Do not spend more for less! Buy at the right time instead!

EDIT*
This guide is still very valid today, despite using older TV model numbers. Here's further evidence to wait for Black Friday. And also why Prime day is rarely a good time to buy a TV.
 
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SonOfSJ

Well-known Member
I'm actually waiting for the price of the Sony 75ZD9 to fall more. It was released in about October last year at £7,000, and it is still £6,600. I'm hoping that it will fall to less than six grand .... But I completely take your point about, for most televisions, buying in about February or March.
 

Dodgexander

Moderator
Yeah, perhaps I should have touched on it in my post but this mostly applies to 55" TVs. 55" being the most popular size, at least here in the UK. Because its the most popular size you see the most reductions/sales.

You do get discounts on 65" and 49"/50" TVs with the same pattern, but discounts aren't as huge.

With 75", especially in the UK its a bit of a niche still. They don't sell that many models so they don't go down in price as much. Perhaps in countries where more of them are sold such as the USA this isn't the same, but that's the way it seems to be here!
 

SonOfSJ

Well-known Member
I'm moving to America!
 

benmbe

Active Member
I'm actually waiting for the price of the Sony 75ZD9 to fall more. It was released in about October last year at £7,000, and it is still £6,600. I'm hoping that it will fall to less than six grand .... But I completely take your point about, for most televisions, buying in about February or March.
Good evening SonOfSJ,
I purchased my 75''ZD9 mid May this year from a Sony Dealer in Basingstoke UK £6,499 Great deal When speaking to the Manager and colleagues in the store I mentioned the following;
I had checked the same product in Currys PC World, John Lewis and other online stores and the price for the ZD9 was £6,599.

I mentioned that although I did my homework by visiting other stores and my short list was Panasonic or Sony, and once my mind was made up I would always go direct to the Main dealer (Sony.) the main reason for this is that you get a better customer service they appreciated my honest statement.

So the breakdown was as follows: An extra £100 off for the TV / £100 off for the 4K UHG Player, £100 off for the soundbar and sub & £40 off for the high quality HDMI Lead.

I was very impressed with the service and home delivery by these guys and then gave them a great feedback to their Boss.

From experience over many years: if you are a loyal customer they will always give you a good and fair service....... I Genuinely Hope you get your screen soon. Keep in touch with your progress.

Kind regards Mark
 
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TheGodPlant

Active Member
You could have had the 75ZD9 for well under £6000 using the Curry's glitch over the weekend. Best time to buy was arguably the past few days :p would have worked out about £4770 after returning the 24" model used to get the deal.
 

SonOfSJ

Well-known Member
@benmbe Thank you for your kind words. I'll be back here, or send you a PM, whenever I do buy my 75ZD9!

@TheGodPlant Yes, woe is me! First, I did hear about the Curry's glitch , but only after it had ended, or had nearly ended. On the SonyZD9 owners' thread, they seemed to be speaking of it only in reference to the 65" size. Then, when I went to the Curry's link, it was back to normal prices for the 65" and the 75" sizes, damn!
 

gadgetsherif

Novice Member
Often people come on here with a set budget, but they may not realise that depending on which time you choose to buy, you can get more for your money.

This is a pattern repeated every year in the TV industry and it evolves around the new release of models which is usually between spring and summer of each year.

At this moment in time (30/07/2017) here in the UK we have mostly missed the boat now on 2016 models. Some rare deals can be found, but mostly all the 2016 models that were the best bang for buck have now sold out.

To illustrate difference in pricing, I've grabbed a couple of screenshots of a couple popular tv's price history from pricespy:




So what does this mean? No two years are the same and pricing can differ between model ranges/inflation/currency etc but it tells us if you buy at the wrong time, you could be paying a lot for less.

e.g

Now you can buy the Samsung 55MU6400 for close to £900. Would you like to buy that TV now, or wait until prices drop on better TVs later in time? You could get the KS7000 for close to that price last year, which is a much, much better TV.

Would you buy one of the new 2017 OLEDs now, or wait for them to get almost half in price?

So you might think, well the MU6400 is a newer model, why not get a newer TV? This is true, but with TVs there is a big difference between budget, mid range and high range products. So much so that if you can get a new budget TV from this year or an older higher end TV from last year, its clear which is better.

Do not spend more for less! Buy at the right time instead!
I am considering Samsung UE55MU7070. It's £819 at Currys now. Do you think the price will drop more?
 

zeppelino

Distinguished Member
I am considering Samsung UE55MU7070. It's £819 at Currys now. Do you think the price will drop more?
Probably not as it’s a Currys exclusive and almost at end of life.

Do you need the Freesat tuners? If not, the mu7000 is £50 cheaper at Richer Sounds.
 

Analysis

Well-known Member

gadgetsherif

Novice Member
I just saw reviews regarding the viewing angles of these...apparently they are horrible if you are sat just few degrees out...did not notice it when I was checking it at Currys.
Is there anything better than mu7000 at this price at the moment (around £800 mark)?
 
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Dodgexander

Moderator
I just saw reviews regarding the viewing angles of these...apparently they are horrible if you are sat just few degrees out...did not notice it when I was checking it at Currys.
Is there anything better than mu7000 at this price at the moment (around £800 mark)?
No, there isn't. If you go for a model with wider viewing angles you lose elsewhere with things like screen uniformity, blacks and contrast.
 

Analysis

Well-known Member
I just saw reviews regarding the viewing angles of these...apparently they are horrible if you are sat just few degrees out...did not notice it when I was checking it at Currys.
Is there anything better than mu7000 at this price at the moment (around £800 mark)?
30 degrees from side to side and then you would notice the wash out on a VA panel, but I also find this distance related as well, further you are the more you notice it.

XE85 from Sony is about the same, and cheaper:

https://pricespy.co.uk/audio-video/tvs/sony-bravia-kd-55xe8596--p4141741
 

Dodgexander

Moderator
Well, looks like this has been true again for the third year (TV season) running. In fact the discounts on TV ranges are almost exactly the same.

Now is the time where people can pick off crazy bargains and its only looking like it's going to be even better next year.

The only company that doesn't overcharge for their new models a lot seems to be Hisense, everyone else prices them sometimes as much as 50% more than it will be a year later.
 

tvdavid

Member
defo not if your not a prime member like me.
I would have got the firestick at £30 but then you have to subscribe so they can stick it where it don't shine lol
I would rather buy from Currys or another shop.
 

Laubi02

Distinguished Member
I know what you buys have said about not buying now and that this year's TV is not that much of an upgrade for the price etc. etc. but......... 65" Samsung 7100 for £389 on prime day?! worth it as a stop gap until we get better deals?
 

LCDseeker

Distinguished Member
I know what you buys have said about not buying now and that this year's TV is not that much of an upgrade for the price etc. etc. but......... 65" Samsung 7100 for £389 on prime day?! worth it as a stop gap until we get better deals?
If it's brand new then I would say go for it, pretty much any 65" set for that price seems like a bargain to me.
 

tvdavid

Member
I ordered from AO but they refunded me what a crappy few days in the USA the A8H got a nice reduction
I want a high end tv anyway the 55 inch CX or the 65 inch XH95
 

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