HD Guru’s Black Friday 2011 HDTV Pricing Predictions
2011 continues to be a slow year for TV sales. Economic conditions, a poor rollout of 3D with a lack of programming, combined with confusing, ineffectively or un-demonstrated Smart TVs have led to high inventory levels (link). The holiday season is the last chance for retailers and set makers to improve their fiscal year.
HD Guru consulted its industry contacts, surveyed the best current deals and analyzed pricing trends to come up with our Black Friday price predictions.
This year all sizes are affected. The glut of sets has already produced the lowest prices of the year and we know the holidays will create leader models for stores to offer outstanding deals. The areas where we see the greatest price drops are in the 55-inch and above category.
That segment is more competitive than ever, with more new models from no-name brand companies exerting downward price pressure from the market leaders. Add in Vizio’s drop-in market position along with their left over 2010 models and you have a perfect mix for significant final closeouts.
Like last year, the online etailers will be leading the charge with hot deals and will follow Black Friday TV deals with Cyber Monday specials.
32″ 720p No Name LCD $169
32″ 720p Brand Name LCD $249
40″ class LCD No Name 720p $288
42″ class Name Brand 720p Plasma $399
42″ 720p Name Brand 3D Plasma $529
40″ class LCD No Name 1080p $339
40″ Name BrandÃ‚Â 3D Smart LED 120 Hz $689
46″-47″ No Name LCD 1080p $399
46″-47″ Name brand LCD 1080p $499
46″-47″ Name Brand LED 1080p $599
50″ 720p Name Brand plasma $539
50″ 1080p Name Brand plasma $639
55″ No Name 120 HZ 1080p LCD $639
55″ 3D 120 Hz LCD $799
60″ Brand Name LED 120 Hz $1099
60″ Plasma Name Brand 1080p $999
60″ 3D Plasma 1080p $1099
70″ LED Name Brand $2399
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