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How Much Does a Remote Control Cost?

 
average costBasic Remotes: $5-$70high costRemotes Working with Smartphones: $100-$350+

Remote control devices are used on various electronic instruments in the home including TVs and Blu-ray players. Remote controls also can be used for basic household functions such as adjusting the heat or turning lights on or off.

Typical costs:

  • A basic push-button remote, capable of controlling devices like the TV, the DVD player and the cable box, costs $9-$25. For example, GE sells a range of push-button remote controls[1] .
  • Adding a digital display to the remote control typically pushes the cost of the remote to $50-$150.
  • Remotes that work with smartphones usually cost $100-$350.
  • Touch-screen remote controls cost $200-$350+, although there are some that cost a bit more. For example, Logitech's high-end Harmony line[2] start at $250 for a touch-screen remote; a $350 model comes with a hub that allows smartphone users to download an app that also functions as a remote. Typically the app is free. The hub, by itself, sells for $100.
What should be included:
  • Remote controls generally come with detailed instructions about the functions and the first set of batteries needed to power the device.
Additional costs:
  • Batteries are necessary for running remote controls. They cost $5-$30, depending on quantity and size needed.
Discounts:
  • Some companies sell replacement remote controls for discounted prices. For example, if a DirectTV[3] sells remotes to control up to four devices for $15-$25.
  • Electronics items are generally among the items with the biggest discounts on sales during holiday seasons such as after Thanksgiving and before Christmas.
Shopping for a remote control:
  • Best Buy provides a list of users' reviews for remote controls[4] .
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External Resources:
  1.  www.jascoproducts.com/products/pc/GE-Universal-Remotes-c26.htm
  2.  www.logitech.com/en-us/harmony-remotes
  3.  www.directv.com/technology/remotes
  4.  reviews.bestbuy.com/3545/abcat0107039/remote-controls-reviews/category.htm
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