Every month the editors of Washington Consumers' Checkbook magazine report here some of the best prices they have found in surveying more than 300 area retailers.
The retailers have promised to hold these prices -- and offer rainchecks if supply runs out -- until April 30. It's a good idea to call ahead to check that a product is in stock. Stores may limit purchases to one per customer.
Here's a partial listing of bargain prices based on Washington Consumers' Checkbook magazine surveys: Video Products
Sony video cassette recorder, model SL2400, Beta format, 3 heads, 3 day/1 event timer -- $350 at Murrell's TV 338-7730 (D.C.).
Panasonic video cassette recorder, model PV1530, VHS format, 4 heads, 14 day/4 event timer -- $539 at Evans Distributors & Jewelers 770-6400 (Rockv.), 892-2800 (Arl.), 256-6700 (Alex.), 425-9000 (Fairfax), 631-2333 (Manassas).
RCA video cassette recorder, model VKT275, VHS format, 3 heads, 14 day/4 event timer -- $390 at Alco Electronics 780-5180 (Alex.), $398 at Fulford's TV & Appl. 762-5262 (Rockv.), $399 at Shaffer TV 938-6577 (Vienna), $399 at Video Outlet 593-1020 (Sil. Sp.) 774-2040 (Olney), $400 at Tanen Sales 783-0395 (D.C.). Audio/Stereo Products
Yamaha stereo receiver, model R70, 45 watts per channel, digital tuning, .015 distortion -- $359 at Audio Assocs. 953-7242 (Laurel), 434-4740 (Langley Park), 525-1889 (Arl.), 530-6003 (Beth.), 971-1060 (Spgfld.).
AKAI cassette deck, model GXR55, 2 heads, Dolby B/C noise reduction -- $260 at W. Bell & Co. 881-2000 (many locations). Cameras/Photography Equipment
Canon 35mm SLR camera, model AE-1 program, fully auto., both shutter & aperture priority, std. lens -- $234 at Pro Photo 223-1292 (D.C.), $235 at Embassy Camera Ctr. 483-7448 (D.C.).
Nikon 35mm SLR camera, model FM-2, manual operation, shutter priority, std. lens -- $225 at Pro Photo 223-1292 (D.C.).
Olympus 35mm compact camera, model Xa, manual focus -- $100 at Penn Camera Exchange 347-5777 (D.C.). Sporting Goods
Schwinn bicycle, Traveler, 12 speed, side-pull brakes -- $240 at Chevy Chase Bicycle 966-2705 (D.C.), $240 at Northern Va. Cycle 820-4666 (Alex.), 435-4825 (Herndon) 451-0880 (Spgfld.).
Spalding golf clubs, Executive, 3 woods and 8 irons -- $279 at Washington Golf Ctr. 587-4653 (Sil. Sp.).
Prince tennis racket, Graphite -- $180 at Tennis Unlimited 948-7624 (Gaithersburg). Automotive
Firestone radial tires, model 721, 185/75x14 whitewall, mounted and balanced -- $51 at Merchant Tire Co. 631-0477 (many locations).
Michelin radial tires, model X, 185/75x14 whitewall, mounted and balanced -- $69 at Performance Discount Tires 772-1400 (many locations). Tools/Outdoor Equipment
Echo gas chain saw, model CS330EVL, 16-in. blade, 2.3 cu. in. displacement -- $243 at Alpha Lawn & Garden Equip. 532-8533 (Falls Ch.).
Stihl gas chain saw, model 020AVSEQ, 14-in. blade, 2.1 cu. in. displacement -- $230 at Arrington Mower and Equip. Ctr. 938-7231 (Vienna).
Toro lawnmower, model 20672, self-propelled, 21-in. cut width, bag-in-rear -- $425 Lane's Lawn Mower Service 533-2113 (Arl.).
Lawnboy lawnmower, model 8125, self-propelled, 20-in., cut width, bag-in-side -- $410 at Arrington Mower & Equip. Ctr. 938-7231 (Vienna), $419 at Alpha Lawn & Garden Equip. 532-8533 (Falls Ch.).