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How Far Would You Go for a Deal?

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Yesterday, we posted an amazing deal (since expired) on a 2012 LG HDTV that dropped an astounding $290 in price over the course of just four days. The 55" LM8600 model — featuring a 240Hz refresh rate, Smart TV apps and WiFi, 3D capability, and six pairs of 3D glasses — was priced to sell at $999.99, which was an all-time low and the best price we could find by $319. But with all these delightful savings, there was, of course, a catch.

The deal on this LG HDTV didn't come with a shipping option; it was only available for pickup at Micro Center, which has just 23 locations in 16 states. So for many of our readers, this limitation put the deal out of reach.

However frustrating such a situation might be, this type of "pickup only" deal isn't uncommon. We frequently see rare or mind-boggling discounts on deals that require consumers to visit the store, and often these deals come from retailers with a small number of locations, like Micro Center or Fry's Electronics. The strategy behind this, presumably, is to draw consumers into the brick and mortar location where they might splurge on unplanned purchases or accessories.

If you're lucky, some deals like the refurbished first generation Kindle Fire 7" Android Tablet ($69.99 with free in-store pickup, a low by $30) and December's crazy good deal on the iPhone 5 are available at widespread retailers like Best Buy or Walmart, respectively. Likewise, a formerly in-store only deal might eventually receive a shipping option, like this deal on the 16GB Apple iPad mini, but that isn't always the case. Sometimes, even our own staff has to weigh the benefits of hoofing it to a distant vendor just for a deal.

So readers, we want to know: how far would you go for a deal? Would you drive an hour away? Two hours? Even further? How much money would you need to save to make a trip worth it? Sound off in the comments below.

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6 comments
mjkelly75
It depends. @ $4 a gallon, and a vehicle that gets 25 MPG. you're talking an extra $40 for 125 miles there and 125 miles back. There had better be a fantastic deal and even other good deals in that area to not only make up for that $40 in gas, but wear & tear and even my time as well.
kd1950
I and my wife are residents of Gillette, Wyoming. If we choose to make any substancal purchases or find anything of exceptional value available on line or in an ad, the odds are no-one in Gillette will be carrying it.
We quite regularly drive 135 miles to Rapid City South Dakota to do most of our shopping. We drive over once a month to shop Sams Club, Target, Kohls, JC Penny etc.
traceytaylor
I'd definitely drive an hour, maybe 1.5 hours for an excellent deal. And if it was an incredibly awesome deal, I might drive 2 hours.
SnowCker
Several years ago I was working for a Toyota dealership in the DC area. I had a couple fly one way from Columbia, SC to buy a Highlander and drive it 7 hours home. We quoted them $2500 less than the local dealership and they got the features and color they wanted. The difference is a non-competitive market with only two dealerships in Columbia vs. 17 Toyota dealerships in the DC area.
anokaflash
I purchased the LG $1289 deal via Vanns (suppose to arrive this afternoon, ordered last Saturday so less than a week. Nice) When I saw the MicroCenter deal I went DOH! I had just been to MicroCenter on Tuesday evening, but when the deal came out the next day, I checked their stock and there was non available at my location, so I didn't miss out on something not available.

Don't think I would travel too far for a deal, especial a high end electronics that would be bouncing around in my vehicle. I'm thinking they only had a few left at a few stores and just wanted to clear them out. Doubt many folks were able to find/get on. Best price online is $1400ish

I still think I got one of the best deals and with the 5 year (4 year extension) LG warranty ofr only $179 via Amazon I have protection as well
tjmasters
I have a both a Frys and a Mirco center within about 50 miles of me. I have gone to the Frys to pickup and LG TV and I have been to Micro Center. But its been about 2 years for both of them... With gas pricess what they are its definitly becomes a factor in my choices of buying online or taking a drive.
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