Nowadays, you can buy just about anything used. Secondhand shopping is perfect if you’re always on the hunt for a deal and you don’t mind a few imperfections.
So if you’re in the market for a television, you might consider going the used route. While this approach can save money, there are a few things you should keep in mind in order to avoid getting a raw deal.
1. Do ask the reason for selling the TV.
You might feel uncomfortable asking the seller personal questions, such as their reasons for selling the TV. Keep in mind that you’re giving this person hundreds of dollars, so you have a right to know.
Some people sell a TV because they’ve upgraded to a larger screen and no longer need the older one. Meanwhile, others upgrade for different reasons, such as poor picture quality or limited features.
Granted, some sellers won’t be open and upfront. If you feel they’re hiding something, walk away. And if you do come across a candid seller, seriously consider this reason when determining whether this is the right TV for you.
2. Do choose a factory refurbished TV.
There’s nothing wrong with purchasing a used television from a private seller. Just know that these TVs may not come with a warranty. And once money exchanges hands, the sell is likely final and the seller won’t take back the television if you change your mind.
It might be safer purchasing from a reputable retail store that sells used, refurbished televisions. These TV’s typically come with some type of warranty or guarantee, so if you experience any problems during the warranty period, you can get your money back or the retailer may pay for the repairs.
3. Don’t buy a TV that’s more than four or five years old.
A four or five-year television might be priced perfectly. Remember, though, many modern day televisions only have a life span of five to 10 years, with lower quality brands at the low end of the scale. So if you buy a used television that’s already four years old, the TV could die in one or two years and you’ll find yourself in the market for another one sooner than expected.
4. Don’t choose an unknown brand.
To have the best experience when buying a used television, make sure you purchase a trusted brand. These televisions not only have a longer life span, they can offer better picture and sound quality plus additional features to enhance your entertainment experience. These might include ample HDMI ports and the ability to connect to your home’s Wi-Fi network.
5. Do maintain a keen eye.
If you’re buying a used television from a private seller, make sure you test out the TV before exchanging money. Turn on the television, switch the stations and decide whether the brightness and color are up to your standards. Any signs of dimming could indicate the television is on its last leg.
6. Compare newer models.
Never assume a used television is considerably cheaper than a brand new television. Before buying, shop around and check prices on newer models. After doing a little research, you may discover that for a little more money, you could get a brand new TV with better features and a warranty. This might be the case when shopping on holidays or during special events like Black Friday when televisions are marked down.
Used TVs are usually cheaper and allow you to get more for your money. At the same time, not every used television is a good deal. So do your due diligence to find a television that offers everything you’re looking for.