Large screen TVs
Where is the best place on St Croix to buy a 60 plus inch TV ? Or would it be cheaper to ship one in ?
Check this out if I can help you out...
Note I also included insurance in my estimate. If you don't buy the insurance from VI Cargo, then they have little or no liability for any damages on glass items damaged in transit. Who can prove thaqt it wasn't damaged by the shipper before they took delivery of it for you. If you insure the TV they open the package and or inspect for damage before accepting the TV for shipment. Then then are willing to insure the item.
You will also have to pay taxes and duties on the item in the VI.
If you buy one locally the VI Energy office will rebate 30% if it qualifies as Energy Star. And you get a warranty.
What is the process to obtain this rebate?
Take the receipt, owners manual, and serial # to the VI Energy office to apply. Then wait for a check.
LCD TVs run cooler and use less power. They are also better in a bright room. But......Plasma has a tad better picture due to true blacks.
I prefer LCD but do your own homework. Since I install Satellite TV I see alot of TVs!! The most popular recently have been the Samsung LCDs. Excellent TV.
My 47" cost less than $100 in VI Cargo fees/taxes to ship. No insurance though so I was risking it. The price difference was so great that it was worth the risk and everything worked out fine. KMart applicance store still has my set for $800 more than what I paid for it 3 years ago on sale.
The downside as mentioned is warranty etc. The 30% energy rebate (while a bit ridiculous IMO...really, energy rebates on flatscreens?!?!) may make things more competitive and may make it wise to consider local vendors once again.
60" DLP's are also an option if you don't want to wall mount...may cost a bit more to ship but they can be had online for sub $1000!