Get a refurbished 31.5-inch HDTV for $209.99
Or, if you're more interested in a big monitor, get a refurbished 27-inch LCD for $199.99. Either way, you'll have to pay a few bucks extra for shipping.
Whoa, is it Black Friday again already? Guess not, but Newegg has a deal that would definitely qualify.
While supplies last, Newegg has the refurbished Emerson LC320EM1F 31.5-inch LCD HDTV for $209.99, plus $22.61 for shipping. That's definitely the lowest price I can recall seeing on a TV of this size.
Emerson, huh? Yeah, don't expect the kind of stellar picture you'd get from, say, a Samsung or Sony. On the other hand, if you're just looking for something to go in the den or, say, pair with a game console, this might be just the ticket.
The LC320EM1F is a 720p TV with no frills to speak of. It has four tires, a steering wheel--oh, wait, I'm thinking of my last car. The TV has a screen, speakers, an ATSC tuner, two HDMI inputs--and, well, that's about it. There's probably a remote in there somewhere, too. (Full specs are available from Emerson's product page.)
I haven't found any user reviews of the LC320EM1F, not even at Wal-Mart (where, incidentally, the TV sells new for $299). My guess is it probably looks fairly good, but comes with mediocre-to-poor speakers (most HDTVs do, even pricier models). Like I said, it's probably fine for a den or gaming.
Because it's a refurb, it comes with a 90-day warranty. For what it's worth, although a new one is covered for one year, that's only for parts: labor is the same 90 days. So...think you'll pull the trigger on this unbelievably cheap TV?
Bonus deal: While we're on the subject of big screens, Tanga has a refurbished ViewSonic VX2739WM 27-inch LCD monitor for $199.99, plus $15 for shipping. It features 1080p resolution, HDMI, a four-port USB hub, stereo speakers, and a 90-day ViewSonic warranty. This was almost my top pick for today (and it's available today only, FYI), but it seemed crazy not to go with the much larger Emerson for just $10 more.
Bonus deal No. 2: Samsung is now selling the Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi 7-inch tablet for $349--quite a bit less than the least-expensive iPad 2. Is it a worthwhile alternative? I crunched the numbers in my Galaxy Tab review.