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Yowza. That's the only word I can use to describe this deal.

While supplies last (and I'm hoping they last longer than it takes me to finish this sentence), Best Buy's outlet center has the refurbished Coby TFTV3227-Z 32-inch LCD HDTV for $169.99 shipped (plus sales tax where applicable). That's definitely a new low for a TV of this size.

Update: Rats. Looks like it's already sold out. But keep checking, as Best Buy might just free up some additional inventory.

OK, but a refurb? And a Coby refurb at that? Admittedly, this is probably not the ideal TV for your living room, not the one you want to gather around for the Super Bowl, the Blu-ray marathon of the "Lord of the Rings" movies, or the like.

On the other hand, let's check out the specs. This is a 60Hz panel, unsurprisingly, with a 720p native resolution, three HDMI inputs (not too shabby), and 20-watt speakers. Also included: a remote!

So, yeah, pretty basic. But sometimes basic is good, like when you're looking to add a screen to a den, dorm room, rec room, or bedroom on the cheap. And it doesn't get any on-the-cheaper than this.

I haven't found any reviews of this particular model, but I've seen mixed commentary on other Coby TVs. (If you have one, let me know what you think of it.) The good news is that even though it's refurbished, it comes with a 1-year parts warranty (though labor is just 90 days).

I also haven't purchased any refurbished items from Best Buy, but I'd like to give the company the benefit of the doubt and assume they arrive in "very good" condition at least. (Again, if you know otherwise, especially pertaining to TVs, hit the comments and share, share, share.)

What do you think of this? Is $169.99 too good to pass up? Or does it make sense to spend a few dollars more on a non-refurbished TV that has solid reviews behind it?

Bonus deal: Today only, Giveaway of the Day is offering Kingsoft Office Suite Professional 2012 for free. Regular price: $69.95. Kingsoft? Yeah, I'd never heard of it, either, but the suite looks like a kissing cousin to Microsoft Office 2010, complete with word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation manager. Worth a try!