Buying a new television to me is like shopping for a car. There are so many brands and types out there that it can seem very over whelming. The fact is you can make shopping for a TV a very easy and enjoyable experience if you do it right. For starters I would never ever recommend going to somewhere like best buy and buying the first TV that you see is on sale. If something is on sale it is usually not a good thing because more than likely the television is crap and is not selling well so they are forced to cut prices in order to increase demand. So remember when looking for a TV always start with the internet and not with Best Buy or Walmart.
Well now that we have that cleared up lets get back to what this article is about. Buying a budget television, in this cause a $400 Television. Why $400 well that is the budget that I now have to buy my moms next new TV. We thought it was finally time to upgrade from our 5 year old Panasonic TV in the living room and try to upgrade to something a little bigger and better. I first started looking for my new television at the website amazon.com. Now on Amazon there is a lot of TV’s, 1,995 to be exact, but you can reduce the amount of choices pretty quickly by putting in your price and display size. After going through a few televisions I could quickly saw that my budget was going to turn into a big problem. For $400 there is literally no flat panels or HD TV’s over the size of 22” that are any good. So after looking a while I found the Samsung LN22A650. This new Samsung is most likely the best 22” Flat Panel with 720p that I can get right now. The price is exactly $400 with free shipping, how perfect is that? The only problem is of course it is only 22 inches big, which is a really big problem because our current television is 30 inches. Also the seating distance from our television is approximately 6 feet and the recommended size is at a minimum of 26 inches for 6 feet.
So now I had to look in the complete opposite direction for my television. Instead of going to for high quality 720P HD Flat Panel TV’s I decided to look for a dying type of television the CRT/Tube TV’s. I really did not want to settle with old technology, but my budget left me no choice, there is simply no way you can buy a big flat panel TV for $400 in today’s market. So now I decided to look for some CRT/Tube televisions. There was one big problem though, CRT/Tube televisions are almost impossible to find today. On Amazon.com there is 1,046 Flat-Panel TV’s, but only 48 CRT/Tube TV’s, seriously only 48! Same thing if you check any stores websites. BestBuy has 4, Circuit City has 1, and Walmart has 7 CRT/Tube televisions. I seriously felt like I was shopping for an antique, I really believe no company makes CRT/Tube televisions anymore. I finally decided to try the only place I knew would be filled with old CRT/Tube televisions and that was Ebay. I am not a big fan of Ebay because I like to know I am buying my product from a reliable source, but I knew this would be the only place where I could find the best deals on old CRT/Tube televisions. Going to Ebay was definitely the best choice because it brought up more than enough results to satisfy me. There was a total of 298 Standard CRT’s listed and also 1,734 Not Specified TV’s. Currently I am still looking on Ebay for the right television, but if you are in the market for a big TV for around $400 it looks like Ebay CRT/Tube televisions are the way to go. Just make sure to do your research first and you should be fine. If you are looking for a $400 television for your bedroom though I would have to recommend the Samsung LN22A650 Flat Panel HD 720P television. A 22 inch screen will be more than big enough for a small viewing distance in a place like the bedroom.
As always there is never the perfect television for everybody. The right TV for me might not be the right TV for you. Just remember always shop around and make sure to keep in mind a few key things, your budget, viewing distance, and trusted name brands.