HD Guru’s Black Friday 2012 HDTV Pricing Predictions
This year will go down as a very bad one for TV makers. Sony, Panasonic and Sharp posted huge financial losses, dragged down by lower worldwide demand due to the economic slowdowns in Europe and China.
The US HDTV market has also been sluggish. Samsung, Sony and LG instituted Unilateral Pricing Programs (UPP) on mid to high end models, requiring their dealers to charge the same price. This undoubtedly negatively affected sales. To counter, set makers employed a number of periodic promotions including instant rebates and/or bundles with free Blu-ray players or sound systems.
We consulted our industry contacts, surveyed the best current deals and checked last year’s Black Friday deals to come up with our Black Friday (BF) predictions. This year BF falls on November 23rd and will be the biggest shopping day of the year. We’ve listed the HDTVs by size, features and brand.
Before you buy a new HDTV, check out our 2012 list to make sure you are not going to pay more than you should have.
While 32-inch remains the best selling screen size, the 39 to 42-inch class is closing in on sales volume. While inventories of these two classes are not too bloated, the hottest deals will be in the 55-inch and larger screen sizes as the big screens are not moving as fast as set makers projected.
This segment now has no-name brands competing with the legacy brands, with a number of new entries in the 55 and 60-inch size classes. Vizio just added a 70-inch TV to compete with Sharp the only other maker of this screen class.
As in recent years, the on-line e-tailers will be very aggressive with their Black Friday deals and will follow with Cyber Monday deals on November 26th. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Best Buy plans to match Amazon and other etailers this holiday season, (with a few yet to be specified exceptions). This could be a game changer and really heat up the competition. We will follow up, once Best Buy’s holiday policies are released.
For those of you considering a Vizio or a no-name TV, please read our disposable TV article here. Thinking about an extended warranty? Learn how to get the best deal and how to get up to a one year extended for free here.
On to our list:
32″ No Name 720p LCD $139
32” No Name 1080p LCD $149
32″ Brand Name 720p LCD $169
42-43″ Name Brand 720p Plasma $299
42-43″ Name Brand 3D 720p Plasma $399
40″-42” LCD Name brand LCD $189
46″-47″ No Name LCD 1080p $269
46″-47″ No Name LED LCD 1080p $349
50″ Name Brand 720p Plasma $399
50″ Name Brand 1080p Plasma $479
50” Name Brand LED LCD 1080p $479
55″ No Name 120 HZ 1080p LCD $399
55″ Name Brand 3D 120 Hz 1080p LED LCD $799
60″ Name Brand LED LCD 1080p $699
60” Name Brand Plasma 1080p $599
60″ 3D Plasma 1080p $1099
70″ LED Name Brand $1599
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