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Buying an HDTV: the 10-step checklist

10 things to consider, online and in store

Even if you plan to buy your HDTV online, with the sort of cash you'll be splashing you should check out high-definition television sets in person. Our buying advice can show you how to get the most out of your store visit.

Taking delivery

9. Consider installation service. It's worth it for big-ticket screens. Not only will delivery staff carry the heavy set into your house, they will dispose of packaging, hook things up properly, calibrate the picture, and take back a dud.

10. Open the box immediately. Ask about the seller's delivery and return policies before you buy. Will the delivery staff stay long enough for you to inspect the HDTV and refuse delivery if the set is visibly damaged or DOA? Refusing delivery is cheaper and easier than dealing with return and restocking fees. Some retailers make you get warranty repairs rather than take back a big-screen TV.

BONUS TIP: One last reminder. Go online and purchase the cables you'll need before the set arrives. You don't want to have to dash out to buy an overpriced cable just to enjoy your new toy.

For a comprehensive guide to setup of your new high-def set--including cables and much, much more--see our article, PC Advisor's 10-step guide to digital HDTV.

  1. Buying an HDTV: the 10-step checklist
  2. Buying an HDTV: before you go
  3. Buying an HDTV: in the shop
  4. Buying an HDTV: taking delivery


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