A few weeks ago we got a tip: check Amazon Warehouse after the Super Bowl. The logic goes that lots of folks buy more TV than they can afford to impress their friends, then they take advantage of Amazon's rather generous return policy. Amazon can't sell the now-"used" TVs at full price, so they lop 20%-30% off, and sell it on their Amazon Warehouse site. Lo and behold, five business days after the Super Bowl, there are some stellar used HDTV deals.
If you've never used Amazon Warehouse before, it's where Amazon clears out goods that they can no longer sell as new. Like all deals, you've got to read the fine print—some goods are repacked and basically refurbished, but others are sold as-is. The prices vary with the condition of the good, so there's always a chance that one model will be perfect for you, and another has an issue you can't ignore. Some TVs, for instance, won't come with a remote. The good part is Amazon's still got a strong return policy; if you get a lemon, you can return it (within 30 days.) Also, unlike most deals on Dealzmodo, there aren't hundreds waiting in a warehouse. So once they're gone, they're done. [Amazon Warehouse]
The Wirecutter's Favorite Plasma TVs
• 50" Panasonic TC-PST50 ($819) | Amazon Warehouse | New ones are $1100
• 50" Panasonic VIERA TC-P50ST5 ($813) | Amazon Warehouse | New ones are $1100
Vizio's 60-Inch Flagship LCD TV
• 60" Vizio E601i-A3 ($762) | Amazon Warehouse | New ones are $900
A Nice Small 32" HDTV
• Samsung UN32EH4003 32-inch 720p HDTV ($240) | Amazon Warehouse | Originally $330
• Edimax N WiFi Dongle ($10) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $15 | Choose Amazon under "more buying choices"
• Duo Gamer Bluetooth Controller for iPad/iPhone ($15) | Best Buy via 9to5Toys | Originally $40
• Otterbox Defender for iPad Mini ($34) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $70
• Red PS3 Dualshock ($38) | Target via Fatwallet | Originally $50
• Lego Minifig Ice Cube Tray ($5) | 13 Deals via Ben's Bargains | Originally $13
• Timbuk2 Money Clip ($10.79) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $18
• Lowepro Sling Camerabag ($40) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $55
• Lowepro Fastpack 100 SLR Backpack ($40) | Adorama via 9to5Toys | Originally $60
• Briggs & Riley Luggage | Sierra Trading Post via Putthison | Sign up for emails to get an extra 30% off code
No Apple swag for you.
• Uplink ($2) | Green Man Gaming via Reddit | Originally $10
• Tower Wars ($4) | Steam via Reddit | Originally $8
• Dragon Age II ($5) | Gamefly via Reddit | Originally $10
• Serious Sam 3 ($6) | Steam via Alienware via Reddit | Originally $50
• Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ($7) | Steam via Reddit | Originally $15
• Disney Universe for Playstation 3 ($13) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $20
• Game of Thrones for PS3 ($17) | Newegg via Gamingaholic | Originally $30
• Final Fantasy XIII-2 Collector's Edition ($27) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $55
• Borderlands II ($30) | Steam via Reddit | Originally $60 | Lots of other Borderlands 2 stuff, but no DLC
• Assassin's Creed III ($35) | Amazon via Ben's Bargains | Originally $43
• OUYA Console Pre-Order ($100) | Amazon via Gizmodo | Originally $100 | No discount, but pre-order in case there's a shortage of consoles
• Square Enix Sale | GOG via Reddit | Notable titles: Hitman, Tomb Raider, Thief, Deux Ex.
• 20% Off Gamefly | Gamefly via Logicbuy | Originally $Tk | Use coupon code GFDFEB20
• Sherlock Holmes on DVD ($4) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $10
• Cool Hand Luke on Blu-ray ($7) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $15 | I would guess Mike Shanahan paid too much
• ESPN The Magazine + Free Hat ($15) | Groupon via Groupon | Originally $30
• Titanic on 3D Blu-ray ($20) | Amazon via Logicbuy | Originally $30
• Timex Weekender ($18) | Groupon via Reddit | Originally $25
• Seiko 5 ($40) | Mr. Watch via Reddit | Originally $60
• 50% off $100 at Nautica ($50) | Nautica via Dealnews | Originally $100 | Use coupon code FEB100
• Lacoste Sunglasses ($60) | Groupon via Groupon | Originally $Overpriced
• Norse Project Chinos (£60) | Weavers Door via Fashionstealer | Originally £120
Dumb TV → Smart TV
• Refurb 160GB PS3 ($200) | JustDeals | Originally $250
Check Top Deals.
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