Every month the editors of Washington Consumers' Checkbook report some of the best prices they have found in surveying more than 400 area retailers.
The retailers have promised to hold these prices -- and offer rain checks if supply runs out -- until July 31. Here's a partial listing of bargain prices:
Kelvinator TSK-140: Top-freezer style with 14 cubic feet capacity and optional ice maker -- $422 at Metropolitan Appliance in Bladensburg (927-2838) and North Beach (301-855-8905).
General Electric TBX18SL: Top-freezer style with 18 cubic feet capacity and optional ice maker -- $499 at J.R. Enright Co. in Chevy Chase (654-1700).
Amana BX20N: Bottom-freezer style with 20.2 cubic feet capacity, glass shelves and optional ice maker -- $800 at Alco TV & Appliance in Alexandria (780-5180) and Fredericksburg (703-373-1797).
Magic Chef RB21-4A: Top-freezer style with 20.9 cubic feet capacity and optional ice maker -- $719 at A & A Appliance in the District (723-3315).
Sony XR-6087: In-dash AM/FM receiver/cassette deck with 18 presets, bass/treble and auto-reverse -- $150 at Sound Solutions in Fairfax (385-8817).
Alpine 7167: In-dash AM/FM receiver/cassette deck with 18 presets and auto-reverse -- $199 at Audio Associates in Arlington (525-1889), Springfield (971-1060), Rockville (762-3701), Langley Park (434-4740) and Laurel (953-7242) and Car Stereo Systems in Fairfax (385-4464) and Falls Church (560-7543).
Blaupunkt Phoenix: Removable AM/FM receiver/cassette deck with 20 presets, bass/treble and auto-reverse -- $279 at Tri-State Audio in Marlow Heights (631-6937) and Manassas (703-369-6915).
Sony CDX-6020: In-dash AM/FM receiver/CD player with 24 presets, 4x over-sampling and front/rear fader (amplifier additional) -- $399 at Audio Buys in Bailey's Crossroads (578-3033), Gaithersburg (840-9180) and Manassas (968-7513).
Sharp VC-A105: VHS with 2 heads, wireless remote control and 14-day/4-event programming -- $199 at Nuri's TV in Falls Church (560-0707).
JVC HRD-4050: VHS with 2 heads, wireless remote control and 14-day/4-event on-screen programming -- $250 at Paul's Audio-Video in Arlington (522-5151) and Tyson's Corner (827-5797).
Magnavox VR-9925: VHS with 2 heads, wireless remote control and 30-day/4-event on-screen programming -- $279 at Graffiti Video in the District (296-8412 & 244-9643).
RCA VR-495: VHS with MTS stereo, 4 heads, wireless remote control and 1-year/8-event on-screen programming -- $348 at Murrells TV in the District (338-7730).
Quasar VH-5495: VHS with MTS stereo, HiFi audio, 4 heads, wireless remote control and 30-day/4-event on-screen programming -- $378 at Twinbrook TV in Rockville (424-8111).
If you feel a retailer has not met its commitments, or want more information about the Bargains survey, call (202) 347-7283.