For all the folks out there who did let their government-issued TV converter box coupons expire, it may have some value after all. I spotted an offer over at Apex Digital, giving a $10 discount for expired coupons if you buy its converter box.
While it’s only 25 percent of the $40 coupon, it’s better than nothing. You can also purchase the $59.99 DTV250 converter box online at the Apex store HERE.
I bet we’ll start seeing more of offers like this as retailers attempt to clear out the boxes and consumers realize they are holding expired coupons.
The $40 government-issued coupons are still available. But they expire 90 days after they are mailed. Millions of consumers have let their coupon expire. If that’s your case, ask a friend who doesn’t need a converter box — most Americans don’t need one because they either have a digital TV or pay the cable company or other service to do the conversion.
If you’re hanging on to an aging analog TV and rabbit-ear antennas, you’ll need to buy a converter box after Feb. 17, 2009. After that, major TV stations will broadcast only in digital — a signal that is incompatible with analog TVs.
By the way, the $10 discount brings the price of the Apex box to $49.99, which is the same price that Best Buy is currently selling the box for. Best Buy, however, doesn’t accept the converter box coupons online. You’ll need to visit your local store.
TigerDirect.com also has the box for sale — and it accepts the coupon online. Right now, the Apex DTV250 is $40, plus shipping.
Don’t know how to install that converter box? Read, “How to install that digital converter box.”
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