Black Friday HDTV: So what did you buy?

November 30, 2010 by  
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We’ve been reporting on the Black Friday news, updates and goings-on recently, but now that it’s come and gone: what did you buy? We’re asking out loyal readers to give us the skinny on their newest, sweetest and most amazing gear they picked up, and did you save a lot?

Ourselves, we thought this BF was pretty good, even though prices were low as they’ve been, early sales releases have this BF pegged as pretty average numbers wise. $298 for a 40″ HDTV at Target? $198 for a 32″ unit? Simply amazing.

So feel free to comment: Tell us your HDTV Black Friday story!

Top 10 Tips: Scoring the Best Black Friday Deals

November 19, 2010 by  
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Top HDTV blog site TVpredictions.com has posted a very informative and cool article about getting the most out of the upcoming Black Friday holiday. Here’s a part of their top 10 list:

1. Read the Ads — In Print & Online
Consumer World suggests that you carefully review your local newspapers on Thanksgiving Day. Usually, they will be stuffed with Black Friday ads and coupons. Bring them with you on the big day. Plus, many retailers are offering special Black Friday deals at their web sites. Don’t forget to check them out 24-48 hours prior to the big day. (Also see Rule #6)

2. Evaluate the Deals
Don’t assume every “deal” is a deal. Compare the “Black Friday” special price with the HDTV’s normal price before buying. You can do that at various e-commerce web sites such as Amazon.com and BestBuy.com. You may even find a lower price online.

3. Buy a Good Product

A low price doesn’t guarantee a high-quality television.  Do some research and read product reviews at sites such as CNET.com. If you’re not familiar with the product’s brand name, check out its customer service record with organizations such as the Better Business Bureau.

4. Look For More Discounts
Some stores issue coupons or rebates on high-def sets and other products such as High-Definition DVD players. Find out if the discounts apply to the Black Friday specials.

Go here to read more great tips about how to score some nice HDTV deals the day after Thanksgiving.

Black Friday Deluxe: Wal-Mart sets the standard

November 15, 2010 by  
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It’s time for Wal-Mart’s Black Friday leaked details, and these are enough to make us drool for real. A 32″ HDTV for $198? Blu-Ray movies for $5? That’s just crazy talk – but it’ll be headed to a WM near you the day after Thanksgiving.

Here’s a larger list of goodies to be headed your way at Wal-Mart on Black Friday:

Emerson 42″ LTDN42V68US 1080P 60HZ LCD HDTV – $398
LG 42″ 42LD400 1080P 60HZ LCD HDTV – $478
Element 55″ 1080p LCD HDTV — $799
Emerson 32″ LCD HDTV — $198
Samsung 40″ LN40C500 1080P 60HZ LCD HDTV – $498
Samsung 32″ 720p LCD HDTV — $328
Samsung 46″ 1080p LCD HDTV — $798
Samsung 52″ 1080p LCD HDTV — $998
Sanyo 50″ DP50710 720P 600HZ Plasma HDTV – $498
Vizio 37″ 1080p LCD HDTV — $378

Odds are, these prices will lead the way for pricing standards next year, if rumors are correct.

More Madness: Best Buy’s Dark Friday Sales Unveiled

November 13, 2010 by  
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How does a Toshiba Blu-ray player for $59 sound? Or how about a Panasonic 50″ 1080p Plasma HDTV for just $699? Sound like something you’d wait in line at 5am for? That’s just a sample of the Black Friday deals at Best Buy based on leaked info available on the web.

Here’s even more insanity available for your perusal:

Coby 15-Inch LCD HDTV — $99.99
Dynex 24-inch 1080p LED HDTV — $189.99
Insignia 42-Inch 720p Plasma HDTV — $369.99
LG 32-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV — $379.99
Panasonic 46-Inch 720p Plasma HDTV — $499
Panasonic 50-inch 1080p Plasma HDTV — $699.99
Samsung 32-inch 720p LCD  HDTV — $329.99
Samsung 55-inch 1080p LCD HDTV — $1499.99
Sony 46-inch 1080p LCD HDTV — $698.99
Toshiba 55-inch 1080p LCD HDTV — $969.99

It’s clear this holiday season that retailers are slashing to (pretty much) the bare bones, and will take few prisoners to grab your HDTV dollar.

Price Plunge: Analysts predicting $199 32″ LCD TVs?

November 10, 2010 by  
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It appears the deep price cuts we reported awhile back expected for HDTV LCD units are coming sooner than we thought: this holiday season, to be precise.

Many analysts who study pricing trends and patterns are making many educated (and slightly scary) guesses about where prices will drop to this Black Friday and Christmas season: for example, 32″ LCD HDTVs may drop as low as $199 at some stores, which is an unheard of price point for TVs of that size. A 40-inch LCD HDTV for just $298? Recently leaked Target BF sale literature shows just that being available.

The reason, you may ask? Retailers and TV manufacturers are anxious to clear their inventory, particularly with reports that there is a huge amount of unsold LCD panels on the worldwide market, just sitting there with few buyers. So their loss can definitely be your gain this holiday season.

Premature Savings: Amazon launches Pre-Black Friday sales

October 31, 2010 by  
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It appears the trend (as we predicted) towards launching pre-Black Friday sales is in full swing, as Amazon got into the party with a great deal on a 55″ HDTV, as written about here:

Amazon today is launching an early Black Friday sale, starting with a Toshiba 55-inch LED HDTV for 50 percent off.

The set, model 55UX600U, normally costs $2,399 but is available today for $1,199 while supplies last. The 55-inch TV is Net enabled and features Net services such as Vudu, a VOD service.

Now 50% off is an amazing deal, especially given its size and features, and it isn’t even November yet! We like the trend, and this season should see HDTV ownership skyrocket due to decreasing prices and great deals that should be offered. Offer subject to selling out of course.

Black Friday Early?: HDTV price dips could come in next few weeks

October 15, 2010 by  
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We all know that Black Friday deals can be some of the lowest prices on items we see all year, and that includes HDTV sets obviously. Rumors are abound that many retailers will start marking down units and announcing BF price leaks as soon as next week in preparation for the holiday season, and the deals could be huge.

How about a 42-inch Plasma 720p set for less than $400? It could very well happen, according to many industry observers. A 1080p HDTV unit for $600? Could happen. We can’t wait, because this could the year where many go HD and don’t look back, which would be a source of great joy for us at SS for many reasons. Price is no longer a barrier, especially with online sales, pay as you go online shopping channels, and other avenues.

Here’s to great BF sales that makes everyone join the HD paradise.

Black Friday Predictions: Big Bargains on the way?

September 14, 2010 by  
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50″ HDTVs for $550? 32″ LCD HDTVs for less than $200? Blu-ray players for $70 or less? Yes, all of that and more could happen this Black Friday, according to several web sites that regularly monitor such sales every year.

These are just some of the awesome deals that retailers will offer on HD-related products on Black Friday, predicts a web site that tracks retailer discounts on what has become the unofficial opening of the holiday shopping season, BlackFriday.org. We believe them, since they’ve been pretty on the mark most years up until now.

We love the deep discounts, but another rumor we’re really excited about: Blu-Ray discs selling around the $5 mark that time of year as well, which should help the medium make some inroads with penetration market wise, and bring the hi-def experience within the budget of many more people.

Black Friday: What HD stuff did you get?

December 1, 2009 by  
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8889107_sbAnother Black Friday has come and gone, and according to the most recent stats, over 30% of shoppers visited an electronics store of some kind, and of course some were checking out Black Friday and the various goodies that are associated with them (Blu-Ray players for example, were at some of the lowest prices ever this holiday season).

So let us know in the comments: what HDTV goodies did you get? Upgrade your HDTV with a bigger one? Get a TV for a bedroom or side room? Grab a cheap Blu-Ray player to really make that HDTV shine? Maybe a nice 5.1 sound system to accompany that BR player?

Feel free to leave us comments, notes and brag about your latest HD gadget and the price you got it at this Black Friday.

Black Friday Savings: Adventures in the Amazon

November 27, 2009 by  
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amazon_craveAmazon has some amazing HDTV and Blu-ray deals going on for Black Friday. Yes, this is officially the busiest shopping day of the year, and we’ll just say it: It’s shaping up to be a good one for HDTV camp, folks. HDTVs (albeit discounted ones) are reportedly jumping off the shelves, and we couldn’t be happier.

Now back to Amazon, and their cool B-Friday deals: Blu-Ray movies for $10-15? Check. 20-40% HDTV prices? Check. We consider Amazon one of the coolest and most professional sites on the web to deal with in terms of buying stuff, so feel free to check out the deals, starting here: Link

Happy Black Friday to all shoppers from us at Screen Sleuth, and may your holidays be HD quality.