HDTVs have historically been the “doorbuster” item for man retailers, and it looks like this year will be no exception. Expect deep discounts on LCD and LED HDTV sets in popular sizes such as 40″, 55″ and 70″. Leaks from popular retailers’ doorbuster ads are in-line with predicted pricing this year.
One major shake-up in the HDTV industry has been Panasonic leaving the plasma TV market. We may see some steep discounts on remaining plasma sets at retail, leaving many buyers for buy 50″+ sets for under $400. Fry’s had a 50″ Panasonic Plasma TV in their 2011 Saturday ad for only $450 so expect even better deals on Panasonic and LG sets.
NBC News reporting:
Still waiting for prices to drop on an HDTV you’ve been eyeing all year? Your chance may soon be coming.
Black Friday comes but once a year, and this year it falls rather late on Nov. 29, creating the shortest number of holiday shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. A number of industry trends are expected to help drive down Black Friday television prices.
Though worldwide and U.S. HDTV sales are down again this year, manufacturers have cut back production to prevent oversupply and associated price erosion. Though average selling prices may not be plummeting like they have in past years, there are some bright spots for deal hunters, such as in the 60-inch and larger screen sizes. This is where prices show the most movement. We anticipate hot deals on plasma and LED LCD HDTVs in this range.
Despite multibillion-dollar losses at Sharp and Panasonic, we still expect both companies and others to offer special Black Friday prices to dealers in an effort to move inventories and increase revenues.
We at HD Guru consulted our industry contacts, surveyed the best current deals, and checked last year’s Black Friday specials to come up with these 2013 Black Friday predictions.
There is a new category this year, Ultra HD TV (“4K”). We predict at least one name-brand Ultra HD TV manufacturer will be dropping its prices for the holiday by 20 percent or more.
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On to our Black Friday HDTV list:
- 32-inch No Name 720p LCD Average price:
$199Black Friday price: $149
- 32-inch No Name 1080p LCD Average price:
$259Black Friday price: $169
- 32-inch Brand Name 720p LCD Average price:
$259Black Friday price: $169
- 39-inch No Name 1080p LED LCD Average price:
$249Black Friday price: $169
- 39-inch Name Brand LED LCD 1080p Average price:
$369Black Friday price: $269
- 40-42-inch No Name LCD Average price:
$249Black Friday price:$189
- 42-43-inch Name Brand 720p Plasma Average price:
$399Black Friday price:$299
- 46-47-inch No Name LED LCD 1080p Average price:
$429Black Friday price:$349
- 50-inch Name Brand 720p Plasma Average price:
$549Black Friday price:$449
- 50-inch Name Brand 1080p Plasma Average price:
$599Black Friday price: $479
- 50-inch No Name 1080p 120Hz LED LCD Average price:
$499Black Friday price: $389
- 50-inch Name Brand LED Smart 120Hz Average price:
$849Black Friday price: $669
- 55-inch Name Brand 120 Hz 1080p LED LCD Average price:
$999Black Friday price: $499
- 55-inch Name Brand 3D 120 Hz 4K Smart TV Average price:
$3499Black Friday price: $2799
- 60-inch No Name 120 Hz LED LCD Average price:
$998Black Friday price:$599
- 60-inch No Name LED LCD Smart Average price:
$998Black Friday price: $688
- 60-inch Name Brand Plasma 1080p Average price:
$799Black Friday price: $519
- 70-inch No Name LED LCD 1080p Smart Average price:
$1599Black Friday price: $999
- 70-inch LED Name Brand LED LCD 120 Hz Average price:
$1799Black Friday price: $1649
One correction we’d like to make to this article is that Vizio is not a “no-name” brand. They are and American company and the largest seller for HDTV panels in the US.