Time Is Running Out on HDTV Closeout Deals
Four of the five biggest sellers of HDTVs, (Samsung, LG, Panasonic and Sony) are shipping their 2012 models starting this month. As we first reported in February, Samsung and Sony are enacting a “one selling price for all dealers” (brick and mortar and online) under their new unilateral pricing programs (UPP).
With the new UPP non-discounted models costing hundreds of dollars more, this may be your last chance to grab a top quality HDTV at price way below the 2012 replacement models.
The Samsung program affects all of its slim 2012 LED LCD series known as ES models (according to our industry sources) such as the new UN60ES6500 and is also expected to affect its three top plasma series when Samsung formally announces its program this Tuesday. The only LED LCDs not included are the lower end EH (thicker cabinet depth) series.
Sony’s calls its program, SURE for Sony Unified Retail Execution pricing. It will set the prices for its EX and HX 2012 series as well as its carry over 2011 XBR series models beginning April 1, 2012, leaving only its 2012 entry level BX series to be discounted.
While the 2012 Samsungs will incorporate new features such as voice control on its top 8000 LED series, there has been few performance improvements, based on our observations at the Las Vegas CES. The 2012 UPP prices are significantly higher than the closeouts and remaining supplies of 2011s are rapidly depleting. We’ve r0unded up the best closeout deals and list them below.
Panasonic and LG are not placing their lines under a one price UPP program but have announced they will stop third party pricing online for their upper tier HDTVs, meaning only “Amazon direct” will be able to sell the affected models on Amazon and other online sellers can only sell from their own websites. These policies will eliminate one-stop price comparison shopping savvy consumers currently take for granted.
The best 2011 closeout prices are on large screens (46-inches and bigger). We’ve put together a list of the hottest deals below along with the 2012 UPP price where applicable.
Samsung UN55D6000 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (Black)Was $2100 Now $1299.99 + free shipping, Paul’s TV via Amazon 35% off / 2012 UN55ES6100 UPP price $2000
Samsung UN46D7000 46-Inch 1080p 240 Hz 3D LED HDTV (Silver)Was $2000 Now $1289.76 + fee shipping, Paul’s TV via Amazon 36% off/ 2012 UN46ES7100 UPP price $2200
Samsung UN55D7000 55-Inch 1080p 240 Hz 3D LED HDTV (Silver) Was $3200 Now $1708.88 + free shipping , Video & Audio Center via Amazon 47% off + free shipping/2012 UN55ES7100 UPP $2900
Samsung UN55D8000 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV (Silver) Was $3600 Now $1898.87 + free shipping, Paul’s TV via Amazon 47% off/ 2012 UN55ES8000 UPP $3400
Samsung UN60D7000 60-Inch 1080p 240 Hz 3D LED HDTV, Silver Was $3800 Now $2425.00 + free shipping 36% off Amazon Direct/ 2012 UN60ES7100 UPP $3700
Samsung UN65D8000 65-Inch 1080p 240 Hz 3D LED HDTV (Silver) Was $5400 Now $3399.00 + free shipping 37% off Amazon Direct/ 2012 UN65ES8000 UPP $4700
Samsung PN64D7000 64-Inch 1080p 600 Hz 3D Plasma HDTV (Black) Was $3400 Now $2239.00 + free shipping 32% off Paul’s TV via Amazon/2012 PN64E7000 UPP $3100
Panasonic VIERA TC-P65GT30 65-Inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV Was $3200 Now $1999.00 + free shipping 38% off Amazon Direct
Panasonic VIERA TC-P65VT30 65-inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV, Black Was $4000 Now $2799.98 + free shipping 30% off Amazon Direct
Panasonic VIERA TC-P65ST30 65-Inch 1080p 600 Hz 3D Plasma HDTV Was $3000 Now $1799.00+ free shipping 40% off Amazon Direct
Sony BRAVIA KDL55EX720 55-Inch 1080p 3D LED HDTV, Black Was $2400 Now $1349.00 + free shipping 44% off Amazon Direct
All the sets listed above include free shipping. Note: prices are correct as of posting and may change at any time, please verify with our links; Most states do not collect sales tax on Amazon orders [with the exceptions of [CO, KS, KY, NY, ND & WA]. You always must pay sales tax when buying at any brick and mortar store. Should you buy an HDTV from on-line or from a retail store? Learn all the pros and cons in our article here.
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