The biggest shopping day of the year is less than a month away and retailers are serving up deals that are steals on a variety of electronics. If you held off this long buying a LCD HDTV, now is the perfect time to make that investment. Last year, 42-inch LCD HDTVs were priced at around $499 to $799 and these same TV’s will sell between $299 and $599 depending on make and specifications.Best LCD HDTV Deals

In order to find these great deals, you will need to really be on your best game by shopping all competitors online. Most of the best deals will be online and in some cases, stores will also offer some aggressive savings, but supplies may be limited so don’t wait until the last minute or you may get shut out.

What should you look for in a 42-inch LCD HDTV? I listed four of the most important features that consumers should look for when purchasing a new LCD HDTV.

  • 1080P display – Provides the highest quality progressive-scan picture possible from a high-definition source
  • Inputs – at least 1 A/V input, 2 to 3 HDMI ports, 1 PC audio input, 1 USB 2.0 port, and 1 PC port
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Aspect Ratio 4:3 and 16:9

These are the most important specifications and features your HDTV should have to truly enjoy the quality and the ability to hook up other electronic components.

Popular brands to shop for:

  • Samsung
  • Toshiba
  • Sony
  • LG

Where to buy LCD HDTVs

Sears offer’s price matching on LCD HDTVs. If you find a lower price on an identical branded item with the same features (in Consumer Electronics identical brand and model number) currently available for sale at another local competitor retail store, Sears will match that price plus, give you 10% of the difference. Learn more about Sears Price Match Plus.

Sears will not provide the additional 10% of the difference. Sears will not price match limited time “Online Only” events, “Special Online Price”, conditional “Online Only Special Offers” on our websites, Sears Outlet, or Only items listed as Sold by Sears or Sold by Kmart are eligible for price matching on our websites.

Best Buy is offering 5% to 25% on select HDTVs. To learn more and to shop for these deals, visit their “On Sale TVs”. Best Buy is also offering big savings on “Open Box” items on select products. These “Open Box” items are for in-store only. To learn more about open box sales click here.

Why wait until Black Friday when you can get great deals right now? Some retailers such as Sears and Wal-Mart are offering lay away. This is a great payment option for consumers who may not have the money to lay out for a new HDTV. You can make payments to pay off your HDTV just in time for the holidays.

Frank Jovine is an employee of Sears Holdings as a Senior Manager of Contractor Recruitment and Communications.