Model Decoder for Costco, Sam's Club and Best Buy

Many HDTV manufacturers have deals with large retailers, allowing them to sell TVs (and other products) with a tweaked model number but with the similar features as a standard set. This helps deal with many retailer's price-matching policies, allowing the retailers to sell a physically identical model at a much lower price than the competition. But it leaves the customer high and dry.

We've integrated searching for private-store models in our service, and we'll tell you the corresponding 'more commonly used' model name. See examples such as Samsung UN55D6050, Sony 46EX521, etc. Of course, stores offer varying return policies and warranties as their value proposition, and sometimes even bundle in options such as extra 3D glasses. Pay attention to that. Below are some handy tips to decoding unique TV models at stores such as Costco, Sam's Club, and Best Buy.

We'll start by introducing you to some of the renamed Samsung models found at these stores. Often times standard models will appear with its series number incremented by 50, as found on:

 
  • The 7050 series, which is similar to the 7000 series. (At Costco).
  • The 6450 series, which is similar to the 6400 series. (At Sam's Club)
  • The 6050 series, which is similar to the 6000 series. (At Costco / Sam's Club)
 

You may also find a member of the LN 450 series at Costco posing as a LN 430. A few models can be spotted at Best Buy with a 20U affixed to the series numbers, shown on the 6420U Series, which is the same as the 6400 Series.

Sony HDTVs are found in abundance at these stores, often with a 1 added to the series number, such as on:

 
  • The BX421 Series, which is similar to the 420 Series. (Costco / Sam's Club)
  • The EX501 Series, which is similar to the 421 Series. (At Sam's Club)
  • The EX621 Series, which is similar to the 620 Series. (At Sam's Club)
  • The EX711 Series, which is similar to the 710 Series. (At Sam's Club)
  • The EX723 Series, which is similar to the 720 Series. (At Best Buy)
 

You might see some LG HDTVs at these stores, though they don't seem to have a very consistent naming convention. Costco and Sam's Club offer the:

 
  • The 5700 Series, which is similar to the 5600 Series. (Costco, Sam's Club)
  • The 400 Series, which is similar to the 450 Series. (Costco)
  • The 5400 Series, which is similar to the 5500 Series. (Sam's Club)
  • The 550 Series, which is similar to the 520 Series. (Sam's Club)
 

A few Panasonic HDTVs may pop up at Costco, though the strange model numbers may throw many consumers off. Some models to look out for are:

 
  • The PX34 Series, which is the same as the X3 Series. (Costco)
  • The LX34 Series, which is the same as the C22 Series. (Costco)
 

« Back to Branded Features