But when we actually started researching the brand and model number, it became apparent that the deal may not have been as good as it looked. The specs for this particular model were a little poorer than that of similar models, and based on various reviews we found, Westinghouse didn't seem to be the best brand for LCD TV's in the first place.
To top it off, I stumbled upon a discussion expressing concerns that the door-buster deals on big-ticket items for Black Friday may sacrifice on quality -- either intentionally by using cheaper components, or unintentionally due to rushed production, mishandling, or related factors. Perhaps this is just a load of baseless rumors and paranoia-mongering... But when we're talking about hundreds of dollars and hours spent freezing in line, it would be a shame to end up with buyer's remorse after all of it.
Anyway, in the end we decided that we would save our money, take our time, and eventually purchase a good-quality TV that we could shop around for instead of rushing to make the purchase in such a high-pressure and time-sensitive environment.
But I'd be curious to hear about the Black Friday adventures of anyone that may be reading this, especially experiences involving electronics in general and TV's in particular. Do the Black Friday sales tend to offer discounted products that sacrifice on quality? Or are they mostly good opportunities that shouldn't be passed up?