This summer, The Stinky did a deplorable thing, so as part of a sponsored post with #CollectiveBias, I’m going to tell you about it then tell you how Best Buy helped me rectify it. The Stinky was toying around with one of those square shaped popcorn buckets, with imaginary popcorn in it. Do you know how funny it is to throw invisible popcorn all over the house? It’s a real hootenanny, y’all. His pizza-tossing of this bucket started in the kitchen, but as he moseyed his way into the living room, I became a little nervous. Before I could say a word, he chucked the bucket straight at our 60″ Plasma TV.
I heard a fizzle, a pop, and watched a beautiful light show dance across the bottom of the screen from one side to the other before the entire screen burst into a field of color in one last, dazzling display, then expired right before our eyes.
I turned eleven shades of red and maybe six shades of green, and I’m relatively certain the things that came out of my mouth next are not well suited to this blog.
Unfortunately for The Nerd, we hijacked his 32″ TV and we’ve been using it ever since. It hasn’t been all bad. The Nerd used to spend all of his free time in his 3rd floor man cave. Now he’s forced to be around us if he wants to watch TV or play video games. I think the little accident has brought us together as a family. Like literally. We’ve had to squeeze in super close to the TV in order to see it while watching movies or shows. So close that the kids make me take a shower when I want to watch TV with them.
All of this grande family closeness hasn’t kept us from lustily looking up new televisions every once in a while. While I love price shopping online, there’s nothing like going into a store and comparing TVs side by side.
I hopped online a couple weeks ago and did a bunch of research on Televisions.
Television Price research.
Best Buy’s Home Theater Shopping Guide was extremely informative and made me wish that we had immensely deep pockets in order to create a little dark getaway, complete with surround sound and reclining movie theater seats. Doesn’t that sound opulent?
But we’re just blue collar at best, watching TV on a 32″ screen – Holla back, y’all!
Even so, I was surprised at the great prices Best Buy had on their televisions, and when I found out that they did price matching from authorized dealers like Amazon, I went to my local Best Buy, armed with my iPhone, and started scoping TVs.
Let me remind you that I’m completely and utterly “like I totally paused” clueless when it comes to anything that relates to the inner workings of a television. Or at least I was.
A couple super nice guys from Best Buy asked if I needed help finding what I was looking for. I was pretty specific about what I wanted, “an LED TV, 55 – 60”, 120Hz (yeah, because I know that that means – psh!), under $750. OH, and it has to be smart. Like me.
Mr. Best Buy told me he had two TVs that fit the bill, but that he wanted to show me something. I followed him to the end of the row of TVs to this super thin little thing that was only 50″. And $799.99. READ: One penny away from $800.
But what happened next is what really sets Best Buy and their super knowledgeable staff apart from everywhere else. Mr. Best Buy schooled me on why this Vizio M Series was was so great. One of the things I noticed was that it wasn’t super bright, but that the clarity was like watching a play from the first row with your high-def eyeballs in. Mr. Best Buy explained that a bright TV doesn’t make a great TV. The M Series was a Smart TV, and it also had 3D. You know, that feature that scares the pee out of your kids? Yeah, that. But he want on to explain that this TV had 240Hz and that it really does make an enormous difference in the quality of the TV screen, especially if you have DirecTV (which we have). He took me back and forth between that TV and the 55″ Samsung that I was originally looking at. The difference between the 120Hz and 240Hz was noticeable, even to my untrained eye. I literally milled around Best Buy for an HOUR looking at the same two TVs. I couldn’t decide if I wanted quality or quantity.
Eventually, the impressive refresh rate on the Vizio won out on the Samsung. I chose Quality over Quantity. And a few other accessories like a wall mount for the 32″ TV so that it could find a new home in the playroom, a Blu-Ray Player, and a couple HDMI cords.
By the time I finally made up my mind, my Best Buy Guy was gone to lunch, so I scouted out a new helper. He set me up with my new set and offered me this really great thing called “Geek Squad In-Home Set-up”. Uh. DUH. Total no-brainer. For hardly any extra money at all, I scheduled Geek Squad services to come to my house, set up my TV, Blu-Ray Player, and XBox AND teach me how to use it all.
It didn’t make any sense not to go for it, and I’m so glad that I did. My two geeks were awesome and stayed at my house until they knew that I knew how to operate my new TV. They also hauled my boxes away so that lurking criminals didn’t know that we had just purchased a new TV. Now that the world knows . . .
I’m glad I went to Best Buy instead of surfing the web and getting a TV I wouldn’t have been in love with. Their showroom and helpful staff really nailed our wants and needs down with this TV, and I walked out feeling confident that I had made the right decision. I truly believe they have the best electronics, the best staff, and the best services available on the market.
All that to say, Don’t be like me and waiver back and forth or spend countless hours doing research online when you really don’t know what you actually want. Just head over to Best Buy, talk to a specialist, then surf the web on your smartphone (right there in the store), for the best price deal from any Authorized Retailer (they can provide you a lengthy and detailed list of approved websites), and take advantage of Best Buy’s Low Price Guarantee. There’s no waiting for the TV to show up, hopefully unscathed, in the mail. You can take it home with you once it’s picked out! Plus, you get the benefit of side-by-side comparisons.
Thanks Best Buy & Geeks (and Collective Bias too)! We love our new TV!
OH, and? This whole new TV buying process has prompted a complete Playroom makeover. I can’t wait for the big Playroom Makeover reveal next week. It’s amazing what a few bucks and a fresh idea can do to revitalize an old space.