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I'm looking to get a TV ( just to use as a large monitor so I can stream movies from my laptop). I can see I can get something like 40inch something for like £50 on ebay/gumtree. but the TV's I ha…
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banned3m, 1w agoPosted 3 months, 1 week ago
I'm looking to get a TV ( just to use as a large monitor so I can stream movies from my laptop).
I can see I can get something like 40inch something for like £50 on ebay/gumtree.

but the TV's I have seen usually are at least 7-8years old.
was wondering is it worth to try to buy an Used TV that is that old or I'm just wasting my money?
and what's the price I should expect to pay for a decent used tv around 40inches that has fullhd resolution and new enough to have couple of hdmi ports?
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banned3m, 1w agoPosted 3 months, 1 week ago
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#1
Don't see anything wrong with buying used televisions.

I'm selling mine next year to get a 4k one when all the dust has settled with this hdr nonsense.

Its a decent LG set, 60" but I know I'll be lucky to get a few hundred for it as it's 3 years old. Nothing wrong with it mind.

People will be upgrading their sets instead of getting rid because they're faulty so there are some great bargains to be had on televisions if you look about. Local ebay for example.

I'd say £100 max would net you a decent set for sure.
#2
I am moving and needed a wardrobe for my little one, I asked here where can I get it and they advised me freecycle. I am telling you that because of the posts of TV I saw that people give for free. By the way i found a nice one + a lovely nursing chair both in very good condition ! Try it ! I didn't knew it before so FREECYCLE and select your area ;)
#3
It'll probably be slightly dimmer and the colours may have drifted a bit but screens tend to age fairly well.

Of course at that age it's a bit more likely to fail suddenly and things like that aren't always easily fixable which is probably why they're so cheap.

benjammin316
I'm selling mine next year to get a 4k one when all the dust has settled with this hdr nonsense.

It's looking like it's going to be the other way round. 4K is a passing fad with little benefit for the size of TVs most of us buy but HDR could be the next big thing once the price comes down to the right side of £1000.
banned#4
oh I have tried the freecycle before, but none of my wanted posts ever got any replies, not even 1 ! And i was just asking for useless stuff like spare plant pots and stuff like that..on gumtree however I got plenty of offers for stuff like that, but can't imagine someone replying to a request for a TV.

It's not that I don't have the money, I would gladly pay something for a decent tv, I just don't want to buy a new one..
#5
keep checking Amazon warehouse, some crazy prices come up now and again, mostly just with damaged boxes.
#6
keep checking Amazon warehouse, some crazy prices come up now and again, mostly just with damaged boxes.
#7
zemaxel
oh I have tried the freecycle before, but none of my wanted posts ever got any replies, not even 1 ! And i was just asking for useless stuff like spare plant pots and stuff like that..on gumtree however I got plenty of offers for stuff like that, but can't imagine someone replying to a request for a TV.

It's not that I don't have the money, I would gladly pay something for a decent tv, I just don't want to buy a new one..


​have a look at trashnothing .com
#8
Black Friday soon so there will be a few on sale then.
Trouble with buying anything electronic used is it's hard to test everything before you hand over the cash.
#9
If they are local to you (or have similar) then John Pye's Auctions

Mostly are ex demonstrations/returned/cancelled orders and similar - most defects are listed but don't forget to add 20% buyers premium + 20% vat on all bids

Yes you'll probably go slightly over the £40 but not far off it for a new (or almost shop new) model
#10
benjammin316
Don't see anything wrong with buying used televisions.

I'm selling mine next year to get a 4k one when all the dust has settled with this hdr nonsense.

Its a decent LG set, 60" but I know I'll be lucky to get a few hundred for it as it's 3 years old. Nothing wrong with it mind.

People will be upgrading their sets instead of getting rid because they're faulty so there are some great bargains to be had on televisions if you look about. Local ebay for example.

I'd say £100 max would net you a decent set for sure.


​out of curiosity where did you get your tv from?
if its john lewis/ another long warranty place, call customers services, say its developed a intermittent fault, something theyd be hard to catch...

the tv probs not longer available, so would offer a replacement, generally a few options
banned#11
HDTVs are very cheap nowadays so buy new and you get warranty with it. People tend to throw away their HDTVs away cause they don't work anymore and it's cheaper to buy than fix.
banned#12
zemaxel
oh I have tried the freecycle before, but none of my wanted posts ever got any replies, not even 1 ! And i was just asking for useless stuff like spare plant pots and stuff like that..on gumtree however I got plenty of offers for stuff like that, but can't imagine someone replying to a request for a TV.
It's not that I don't have the money, I would gladly pay something for a decent tv, I just don't want to buy a new one..
There's some great offers of HDTVs posted on HUKD and they're under £200. Just keep an eye on it or have an app alert you.

You never know if that used HDTV is going to poof and when it does, there's no refund, repair or replacement.
#13
zemaxel
philphil61
If they are local to you (or have similar) then John Pye's Auctions
Mostly are ex demonstrations/returned/cancelled orders and similar - most defects are listed but don't forget to add 20% buyers premium + 20% vat on all bids
Yes you'll probably go slightly over the £40 but not far off it for a new (or almost shop new) model
Nice idea, BUT the pye stuff is total rip-off , 90% of the items sold there are non-working and they don't tell you that most of the time.. scam operation basically selling off junk as gold and their employees bidding up the auctions themselves!
roflmao
sriously you need to get out more

If what you say is true then can you explain why the prices are so high

Can you also explain why several small business owners by their stock from there?

And also why they've been in business for decades?

I've had a BNIB Sony BDE3100 (less than £100)
2 tablets both working
Dashcam and toy both BNIB
All well below market prices


Edited By: philphil61 on Nov 14, 2016 05:04
#14
EndlessWaves
It'll probably be slightly dimmer and the colours may have drifted a bit but screens tend to age fairly well.
Of course at that age it's a bit more likely to fail suddenly and things like that aren't always easily fixable which is probably why they're so cheap.
benjammin316
I'm selling mine next year to get a 4k one when all the dust has settled with this hdr nonsense.
It's looking like it's going to be the other way round. 4K is a passing fad with little benefit for the size of TVs most of us buy but HDR could be the next big thing once the price comes down to the right side of £1000.

4k is definitely noticeable on the TV sizes i buy.

Its also here to stay
#15
philphil61
zemaxel
philphil61
If they are local to you (or have similar) then John Pye's Auctions
Mostly are ex demonstrations/returned/cancelled orders and similar - most defects are listed but don't forget to add 20% buyers premium + 20% vat on all bids
Yes you'll probably go slightly over the £40 but not far off it for a new (or almost shop new) model
Nice idea, BUT the pye stuff is total rip-off , 90% of the items sold there are non-working and they don't tell you that most of the time.. scam operation basically selling off junk as gold and their employees bidding up the auctions themselves!
roflmao
sriously you need to get out more

If what you say is true then can you explain why the prices are so high

Can you also explain why several small business owners by their stock from there?

And also why they've been in business for decades?

I've had a BNIB Sony BDE3100 (less than £100)
2 tablets both working
Dashcam and toy both BNIB
All well below market prices



​i've bought loads from johnpye all working, but as with any auction it's bought as seen so it's up to buyer to make sure it works.
#16
centurion01
benjammin316
Don't see anything wrong with buying used televisions.

I'm selling mine next year to get a 4k one when all the dust has settled with this hdr nonsense.

Its a decent LG set, 60" but I know I'll be lucky to get a few hundred for it as it's 3 years old. Nothing wrong with it mind.

People will be upgrading their sets instead of getting rid because they're faulty so there are some great bargains to be had on televisions if you look about. Local ebay for example.

I'd say £100 max would net you a decent set for sure.


​out of curiosity where did you get your tv from?
if its john lewis/ another long warranty place, call customers services, say its developed a intermittent fault, something theyd be hard to catch...

the tv probs not longer available, so would offer a replacement, generally a few options


​that's not a very nice thing to do remember what goes around comes around. I wouldn't do fraud over something like this he has used it for 3 years so why cheat on someone else.
#17
muddassarsardar
centurion01
benjammin316
Don't see anything wrong with buying used televisions.
I'm selling mine next year to get a 4k one when all the dust has settled with this hdr nonsense.
Its a decent LG set, 60" but I know I'll be lucky to get a few hundred for it as it's 3 years old. Nothing wrong with it mind.
People will be upgrading their sets instead of getting rid because they're faulty so there are some great bargains to be had on televisions if you look about. Local ebay for example.
I'd say £100 max would net you a decent set for sure.
​out of curiosity where did you get your tv from?
if its john lewis/ another long warranty place, call customers services, say its developed a intermittent fault, something theyd be hard to catch...
the tv probs not longer available, so would offer a replacement, generally a few options
​that's not a very nice thing to do remember what goes around comes around. I wouldn't do fraud over something like this he has used it for 3 years so why cheat on someone else.


Yeah I wouldn't do that either.

Looking forward to getting a new TV next year
#18
RabS1
philphil61
zemaxel
philphil61
If they are local to you (or have similar) then John Pye's Auctions
Mostly are ex demonstrations/returned/cancelled orders and similar - most defects are listed but don't forget to add 20% buyers premium + 20% vat on all bids
Yes you'll probably go slightly over the £40 but not far off it for a new (or almost shop new) model
Nice idea, BUT the pye stuff is total rip-off , 90% of the items sold there are non-working and they don't tell you that most of the time.. scam operation basically selling off junk as gold and their employees bidding up the auctions themselves!
roflmao
sriously you need to get out more

If what you say is true then can you explain why the prices are so high

Can you also explain why several small business owners by their stock from there?

And also why they've been in business for decades?

I've had a BNIB Sony BDE3100 (less than £100)
2 tablets both working
Dashcam and toy both BNIB
All well below market prices



​i've bought loads from johnpye all working, but as with any auction it's bought as seen so it's up to buyer to make sure it works.


​how do u make sure it works when most of these places don't let u test them we had one near us davenport auctions it was quite good when it started out but after a few months it back expensive and a lot of things didn't work. That's the problem u may get a bargain or u may get a lemon depends in ur luck

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