Insanity prevailed at my last visit to Costco and I figured that it would be a good idea to provide our readers with a comprehensive list of televisions that Costco is selling in its Australian stores. As you can see from the list, Costco have TVs to suit all tastes, budgets and sizes from quality brands.
Part of the reason I have compiled this list is I know that there are many discussions on the internet as to the competitiveness of Costco’s prices on TVs and electronics compared to other retailers such as Harvey Norman, The Good Guys and JB HiFi. I would love to be able to add comparative prices to this list from some of those outlets, but that would be a mammoth task. So instead, if you are in the market for a TV that is on this list, please feel free to comment in the section at the bottom of this page or on our Facebook page (and don’t forget to ‘like’ Loaded Trolley on Facebook while you are there).
This list is based on stock at the Costco Docklands Warehouse in Melbourne on 21st November 2012. I am sure that the availability may be different from store to store and could have changed since I compiled this six days ago. If you know something is different at the other Costco Australian stores in Sydney or Canberra, again, feel free to comment.
One final word from an editorial viewpoint. I have only ever purchased two TVs in my life. One from a major electrical retailer and one from Costco. I know that the sticker price at most of those electrical retailers is just a guide and you can haggle with the sales person as I did with my first TV. You can also go from store to store to see if you can get the best price, assuming you can find the same model at each store. All this may save you some money, but as they say, time is money.
The second TV I bought was from Costco. I had a rough idea of the ‘sticker’ price range the major electrical retailers had for the size and specification TV I wanted from casual visits to those retailers when I was at the local shopping centre (not really much time wasted). When I went to Costco, I found the two or three TVs that suited my purpose and knew that I was getting a deal that was better than the sticker price of the other retailers and probably comparable to the price I might have ‘beat’ the sales guy down to. The bonus for me was I didn’t have to talk to a sales person, which I hate, and I could just grab the TV from stock on the shelf and pay for it in the same transaction as my bulk corn ships, salsa and six heads of lettuce that I was also at Costco to buy. Just my take on it.
So here is the full list of TVs I saw at Costco Docklands, in order of size then cost. Apologies if there are any mistakes with models, features or prices, but this list is simply transposed from the price labels on the shelf at Costco.
|TEAC||22||LCD DVD Combo||22U83FHD||$239.99|
|Toshiba||23||LCD DVD Combo||DL900A||$339.99|
|TEAC||26||LCD DVD Combo||26U83HD||$349.99|
|TEAC||40||LCD Bluray Combo||40D10||$699.99|
|Samsung||40||LCD Active 3D||ES6200||$859.99|
|LG||42||LCD Passive 3D||LM6700||$929.98|
|Sony||46||LCD 3D||Bravia HX750||$1,349.99|
|Samsung||46||LCD Active 3D||ES7500||$1,849.99|
|Panasonic||47||LCD Passive 3D||ET5||$1,249.99|
|LG||47||LCD Passive 3D||LM7600||$1,479.98|
|Panasonic||55||LCD Passive 3D||Viera ET5||$1,399.99|
|Sony||55||LCD 3D||Bravia HX750||$1,649.99|
|LG||55||LCD Passive 3D||LM7600||$1,899.99|
|Samsung||55||LCD Active 3D||ES7500||$2,399.99|
|Sony||55||LCD 3D||Bravia HX850||$2,399.99|
|Samsung||55||LCD Active 3D||ES8000||$2,899.99|
|Samsung||60||LCD Active 3D||ES6500||$2,299.90|
|Samsung||64||Plasma Active 3D||E8000||$2,499.99|
|Samsung||65||LCD Active 3D||ES8000||$4,699.99|