tl;dr: Black Friday Doorbuster TVs are not only a scam, they’re quite possibly organized crime.
Every year I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to rant about Black Friday TVs. For those who have read these in the past, this will be a refresher. Those those new to my Facebook, this will be quite the treat.
Every year, people leave their turkey dinners to rush to the store prematurely in order to wait in line for what we call a doorbuster. If the word “doorbsuter” makes you tingle with excitement in all the right places, you’re probably one of millions of Americans who are willing to, or at one point risked their lives for some times cheap Chinese trash. I know the phrase “cheap Chinese trash” may sound wrong, but it’s only slander if it ain’t true, and I’ll get to that in just a moment. For now, I shall list you this year’s doorbuster TVs, and will go in detail as to why these TVs are scams, and the rabbit hole you plunge down when you walk in to that store.
65” Class 4K Roku Smart TV $398
40” Class Hisense 1080p TV $99
43″ Class Toshiba 4K TV $129
55″ Sharp 4K UHD TV $249
55″ Class Element Smart UHD TV $199
Now, I know what you’re thinking; well gee wally! These seem like such great deals! I feel like leaving my family on Thanksgiving evening to wait in line, and put my self at risk of being, trampled, mugged, or even murdered for these delicious TVs.
I am here to tell you that NONE of these TVs are worth you getting hurt, or simply wasting your time. These TVs are, to put it bluntly, steaming piles of crap. In order for the TVs to hit that price, not only are few of them built per store, there are corners cut in order to keep the price low.
1. Poor picture
2. Missing ports, or a lack of
3. Cheap Workmanship
I mentioned above that some of these TVs are “cheap Chinese Trash.” You’re probably familiar with brands like Sharp and Toshiba. You probably have come to know them back in the day for quality. The problem however is that the distribution rights were acquired by Chinese companies several years ago. They manufacture TVs under those brands due to their recognition. People will buy them because they remember the times when Sharp, and Toshiba actually made good TVs not realizing they’re buying some cheap Chinese knockoff. Hisense is one of those Chinese companies along with TCL.
You will be really surprised if you don’t have to go back to the store later because this thing was DOA (Dead on arrival). I’ve watched people who waited in line for hours sitting in the customer service line later in the day. I have watched these things just sitting on return counters partially opened. These are terrible TVs, and you are not scoring a deal at all. As a matter of fact, you’re being duped into walking into that store for a couple of reasons
1. You will probably need a new Bluray, or streaming player if you want to enjoy that TV, especially if it lacks smart capabilities.
2. You may want to snag those $2-6 movies if you want something to enjoy on this fine day.
3. Comcast service reps plant themselves all over the stores in order to dump services on unsuspecting people who just bought those fancy big box electronics.
4. You will undoubtedly find random things on sale you weren’t planning on buying, but they seem interesting, so why not?
Before you know it, you’ve spent way more than you planned which is exactly the purpose of Black Friday. It’s the one day in the calendar year where stores can rake in profits by luring you in with these TVs. Black Friday ain’t for rich people, because they have enough money to purchase good TVs every year without ever leaving their house. They’ll even pay for people to deliver, and install these TVs. Black Friday is for all the broke folk who can be easily duped into spending irresponsibly.
If you really want good deals on good TVs, wait until after the Superbowl, and even at the end of February through the end of March. January is the Consumer Electronics Show. During this show, reputable companies like Samsung, Sony, Vizio, and LG showcase their new TVs for the new fiscal year. Once that show happens, stores must clear their inventory of last year’s stock to make room for the newer TVs. The Superbowl is usually that first push, but closer to March they’ll get extra generous with the deals since that is Tax refund season.
While there are good deals to be had on Black Friday (pending you shop responsibly), those doorbuster TVs aren’t worth the time and energy you expend attempting to obtain them.
Flemmings Beaubrun is an avid gamer and lover of music. When not working, Flemmings likes to spend his time whipping up dank beats for the masses. He also spends his weekends thrift shopping for rare video games and obscure electronics. Other times he’s in front of a TV with a giant bowl of cereal enjoying shows from the 90s.