Assuming that the basement will eventually be finished one day, I'm going to want a TV down there. At first, I was going to get one through Telus, when I switched over to them from Shaw for Internet/TV/Phone. I quickly determined a free TV wasn't worth having to deal with Telus, though, so I bought one on Black Friday.
That TV came from BestBuy.com. It was sold as a smart TV, but when it arrived I realized that it wasn't web enabled... was in fact only called smart because it had two USB ports. (!) It took no less than - honest to God - four and a half hours on the phone to convince them to take the TV back and give me a full refund.
After that, I waited until Boxing Day to take advantage of the sales. Since my experience with the last TV convinced me that Best Buy is not a store I want to support anymore, and options are limited if I don't want to drive to the big city, a friend told me about her nephew that works in an electronic store that could probably get me a deal. So, I woke up early on Boxing Day and went out to meet the nephew. He didn't get me any huge savings, but the price was slightly lower than anything else I'd seen until then. I bought the TV, hauled it home and set it up.
Yesterday, I was at Costco and saw that they had the same TVs, only bigger and $60 cheaper. I went home and called a friend who helped me load the Boxing Day TV back into the car and return it, then drive out to Costco, pick up the new one and take it home. The Costco TV is in my spare room and still in its box. I probably should set it up today so that I can test it out and make sure it works before the return period is up. After having set up and disassembled so many TVs, it shouldn't take me too long but I am having trouble finding the energy. One thing's for sure - this is the last TV that I'll be buying anytime soon.
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