Have you ever bought a brand new TV?

I have. In fact, I got one a few days ago. When I moved into my new apartment and bought a living room set, the deal included a brand new TV from Best Buy or a $645 gift card.

I wanted a new TV, but I didn’t want the one they were offering because it was only 720p and it was a plasma and it was 3d. I wanted a 1080p LED TV and I didn’t care about 3d.

I did some searching on Best Buy’s website and found a few TVs that I liked, but I wanted to stay close to the $645 price range so I didn’t have to pay much out of pocket. I eventually found a 55″ 1080p LED TV I liked, but it cost $900. That’s quite a bit more than $645. I didn’t want to pay that much extra, so I thought I might have to find a different model.

But then it hit me. If I could find a store that has that TV as an open box item, I can get a better deal. In addition to that, I won’t have to wait for it to be shipped to me (since it was only sold online) and I can actually see the TV and the picture before I decide to buy it.

Searching for Open Box TVs at Best Buy

An open box item is a product that has either been purchased and returned by another customer (if it had defects, those were fixed and it retains the original warranty), or it was a floor model that the store wants to get rid of. They can’t sell these things as “new” because they aren’t officially new, so they have to sell them at a discount even though they are hardly different than a “new” one.

open box itemThe hard part of buying open box items is that it can be hard to find a store that has the exact TV (or whatever else you want) as an open box item. I used Best Buy’s Open Box and Clearance Items webpage to search the clearance inventory of stores in my area.

It’s not the best webpage in the world. You can’t search by product; you have to go individually through every store near you and see if they have what you’re looking for. At least it’s better than driving all around town to look.

This particular store offered open box items for 15% off (25% if you used a Best Buy credit card). That made my $900 TV cost only $765.

When you consider I already had a $645 gift card it was worth it. I upgraded from a 51″ 720p plasma TV to a 55″ 1080p 120Hz LED TV for only $120. That’s a sweet deal!

Readers: Have you ever purchased an open box item to save money? How did it turn out for you?