Buying a TV in college

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Every person eventually reaches a point in his life when he has to make that first big purchase: the television. For some, it will be in order to play console games away from the family television, for others it may be in order to have a hearth in the college dorm. For me, it was the latter reason – I needed somewhere to watch football and eat pizza with my roommates.

The trouble with making big purchases as a young and penniless student was, firstly, I had never purchased any furniture. Secondly, and more importantly, I was broke. Textbook prices are known to make quite a dent in checking accounts. Fortunately, in a bustling college community, there are a number of ways to work around a low budget.

  • Dumpster diving – at the end of every semester, you will have a number of students moving or graduating. Although it may be sad to see your peers move on to greener pastures, there is, at the very least, one reason to rejoice: they won’t be able to carry their larger electronics and furniture with them. Cruise the sidewalks at night, and you’ll be able to find countless pieces of abandoned furniture. Even if you aren’t able to find a TV, you can at least find a proper TV wall mount.
  • Craigslist – as the semester approaches, forward thinking soon-to-be-graduates will be keen to make a quick dollar on their electronics rather than donating it to scavengers. I was able to buy a 25 inch TV for as little as $25. That’s $1 per inch! If you ever find yourself as the seller, you can compare prices on Become to see how much you ought to be charging.
  • Have roommates – if you are not averse to living with other students, then it I would wholeheartedly recommend it. The quality of furniture and electronics you can purchase dramatically increases when you are able to pool your financial resources together.

25 inch TV

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