For two days next week, the 13th - 14th October, there’s hundreds of pounds worth of savings to be had on big name products, thanks to Amazon Prime Day.
So if you have been considering upgrading your TV - now could be the time. We have put together some top tips to help you bag the best bargain.
Become an Amazon Prime member
First things first, offers will only be available to Amazon Prime members, if you don’t have a membership and you want to make the most of the promotions then sign up now for your 30 day free trial. You’ll also be able to get access to the much coveted Next Day delivery for Prime members. It’s also worth downloading the Amazon app, which will give you access to lightning deals that will only last for a few hours.
Do your research and decide which features are a must
If you know you want to upgrade your TV then take a bit of time beforehand to decide which features are important for you. There’s a lot to consider - check out our TV Buying Guide to help demystify some of the key specs you might want to think about.
Most importantly, make sure that the TV you are interested in comes with Freeview Play built in. Freeview Play is our connected TV platform, and it means that the TV comes with all the main on-demand players as standard - including BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5 and UKTV Play.
There’s over 20,000 hours of on demand TV to choose from, all for free. All this content coupled with Freeview Play's Search and Recommendations, means it is easy to discover new favourites. We’ve also recently launched BBC Sounds on Freeview Play - so you’ll also be able to check out your favourite podcasts alongside the best box sets.
Watch out for the manufacturing year
While specs can tell you a lot about a TV, it’s worth seeing if you can see what year it is. TV manufacturers typically release new models every year but stores still often have stocks of the previous year’s televisions.
Make sure you check up on reviews of the exact year of the model to make sure this model has all the features you want and that you are still getting a good deal.
Older models tend to be cheaper, but it's sometimes worth seeing if there is a more up to date model available - you’ll get newer features, better picture quality and the rest.
Check the sales price
One of the main things to do if you are looking at a TV that is on offer, is to check how much of a deal that you’re actually getting. The easiest way to do that is by using CamelCamelCamel to track the price of a product on Amazon. All you have to do is go to Amazon and find a product, then copy and paste the web address into CamelCamelCamel.
This will give you a graph showing how the price has changed over time, including the maximum and minimum prices. You may well find that a product has been cheaper before, so isn’t such a good deal; a good TV deal is one where the price is usually high and has been significantly been reduced.
It's also always worth checking what's available on competitor retailers before making a purchase. With many retailers likely planning deals in response to Prime Day you may well find a better deal elsewhere.