Back in the days of analogue television changes came slowly. The leap from black and white to colour only took 31 years, and it was only another 40 years before the start of the Digital Changeover in 2007. Cathode ray technology itself didn’t really change either. It was possible to watch colour broadcasts on an old black and white TV, and you probably still can if you can find a digital box with a coax output, but things are very different with digital technology.
Today things are rather different. The rush to develop the blackest, flattest, richest colour flattest screen is something that drives all television manufacturers to create new ranges of TV every year. So when is the best time to buy a new flat screen TV?
New TVs are released every year, each featuring a different set of features and benefits which surpass last year’s output, and thus it’s very hard to keep up. If you buy something today you can’t necessarily say when it will become obsolete, discontinued or unsupported. When the technology which your TV is running on is new and cutting edge there is an unavoidable premium, you’re basically paying for the R&D and the privilege of being among the first to enjoy using the latest sets. If you look at OLED for example, you can see this phenomena: the blacks are really black, the colours brilliant, the screen lightweight, and they’re huge as the current manufacturing process makes producing smaller screens very difficult. These TVs are appreciably more expensive than other similar sized screens, but if you really want to get the most out of blue rays, premium downloads and games the immersive experience you’ll enjoy from OLED is incomparable.
Ahead Of The Curved TV Screen
Undoubtedly next year the same technology will be cheaper, but how long do you keep putting it off until you get the technology at a price you like?
You could throw your hat into the ring today and buy this year’s model, knowing that next year the same thing will be cheaper, but you’ll have gone without for all that time, or you could save off your purchase and buy something from last year today and miss out on some of the latest innovations.
Fear of missing out is a big drive in current marketing and advertising strategies. We’re presented with many luxury goods and convinced that the way to achieve a rich, fulfilling life is to buy, and buy now. And no matter how you feel about that, it can’t be denied that it is far more enjoyable to watch a film or play a game on a big HD TV than it is to play on an old screen with 576 lines of pixels.
Once TVs have been on the shelves of the shops for a while the retailer is interested in getting rid of them to make room for new stock, so sets which may be only a few months old will be reduced by several hundred pounds depending on when you shop. And if you are prepared to wait until Black Friday you can find some outstanding deals on this year’s products. In fact, once the hullabaloo has died down, TVs which haven’t sold in the initial rush can be had at a discount, providing the stock is still in store.
Once The Price Has Dropped It Doesn’t Go Back Up
After Black Friday prices for older stock reach their lowest point of the year as retailers are keen to clear the shelves to make room for the newest TVs to refill them for Christmas, so many popular brands can be had for around half the price that they cost when they originally hit the shops only a few months ago.
But it’s only spring, what use is that information today?
If last year’s TV still haven’t sold that’s nothing to do with the quality or reliability of the set, but much more to do with over supply. When ‘nearly new’ TVs haven’t sold they will be remaindered, that is it’s sent back to a warehouse somewhere and eventually sold off in bulk at less than cost price to be recycled into the next slew of new TVs. So searching for older models on Amazon or ElectronicWorldTV for TVs will lead you to A Grade television sets which have never been out of the box for barely a quarter of the original price, in some cases. Just Googling ‘buy last year’s tv models’ could save you several hundred pounds, and still bag you an OLED 4k HDTV today.
And When Not To Buy?
If you look at the specs for the latest tranches of televisions coming from Sony, Samsung, LG, Philips etc, you’ll find that there aren’t that many innovations coming to the market which don’t already exist in those TVs from last year. OK there are TVs so flexible that you can actually roll them up, and some 8K models, but if you were deeply impressed with 2018’s offering, buy that TV now.
If you buy a brand new television today, just as the latest innovations in flat screen TVs are released, with all the latest technology from brands such as Samsung, you’ll be paying for their QLED and MicroLED innovation which uses millions of infinitesimal red, green and blue LEDs in modular screens. Modularity meaning that they can be built up into a variety of different shaped and sized VDU panels. However, despite the name, the MicroLED comes in 2 sizes, the smaller of which is 75 inches and costs £15,000. Notwithstanding the current retail price, by 2025 they expect to have sold over 2,000,000 units so by then the price should have come down to a more reasonable price for those of us who just need a Love Island fix! (The larger MicroLED TV is 219 inches and is called The Wall. Finding the price for each of these Behemoths is proving hard, I guess it’s a case of ‘if you have to ask , it’s too expensive.’)
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