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News Update
Black Friday: 32-Inch LCD TVs For $100?
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (October 7, 2013) -- This is an update on our earlier coverage of Black Friday predictions. See previous article below.

DisplaySearch, a research firm that monitors TV sales and trends, says 32-inch LCD TVs could be sold Black Friday week for as low as $100.

"During Black Friday week in 2007, Samsung offered 32-inch LCD TVs at $799," the research firm's Deborah Yang writes in a blog posted at the company's site. "This year, some volume brands' prices could be as low as $100."

The company adds that 60-inch LCD TVs "featuring good-enough specifications" could be  priced for less than $600 in the fourth quarter during the holiday rush.



DisplaySearch says LCD makers and their retail partners will slash prices so dramatically to "drive retail traffic...in spite of the risk of financial losses from lowered (prices.) The holidays are just too important for some TV makers to ignore."

GottaDeal.com and DealNews.com, two sites that track online deals, have predicted that 32-inch LCD sets will go for under $200 this year. But DisplaySearch is the first to suggest that the category will hit the $100 mark.

The research firm says TV makers won't be able to resist clearing out their inventories during the big shopping week.

"In the North American market last year...12 percent of TVs sold out during Black Friday week and one-third of TVs sold out during the last two months of the year," DisplaySearch says.

See earlier coverage of Black Friday 2013 below.
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News Update
Black Friday: Best Deals May Be 55-Inch TVs
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (October 3, 2013) -- This is an update on our earlier coverage of Black Friday predictions. See previous article below.

Another day, another set of Black Friday predictions from a web site that tracks online and retail deals. This time it's from DealNews.com and the site is making some bold forecasts for prices on HDTVs on the big shopping day.

For instance, says DealNews.com, you can expect that 47-inch HDTVs will be available for $269.  But the site says 55-inch 3D TVs may offer the best deals with prices starting at $425.

"3D tech became a standard offering along with built-in Wi-Fi and faster refresh rates. As a result, this summer we saw an influx of price lows on 2012 3D sets. 55-inch 3D TVs, in particular, saw the biggest price drops," DealNews.com writes. "Because of these price drops, we predict that this category will offer the biggest bang for your buck come Black Friday. And with the majority of these sets coming from name-brand manufacturers like Samsung and LG, this category should offer some of the most exciting deals."

For background, retailers traditionally offer deep discounts on the day after Thanksgiving, better known as Black Friday, the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. (Black Friday this year will be November 29.)

The discount prices are often available for one day only -- and may include restrictions on time and supply. Discount hunters also have to contend with the frenzied atmosphere of Black Friday which some shoppers view as a day of combat.

DealNews predicts that 60-inch, 1080p Plasma TVs will be available on Black Friday for $529 and it also forecasts that Plasma sets overall will offer better prices than LCD or LED sets.

"For
the most savings, we recommend consumers opt for Plasma over LCD as the former will be slightly cheaper at our predicted price of $529. By comparison, we're expecting similarly-sized LCDs to cost $599. If the extra savings aren't enough to win you over, also keep in mind that the majority of 60" Plasma deals we see are from name-brand companies, whereas most 60" rock-bottom LCD deals come from third-tier manufacturers like Element and Dynex. On average, Plasma TVs in this size category have been roughly six percent cheaper than their LCD counterparts throughout 2013," DealNews.com writes.

In contrast to GottaDeal.com, which made its Black Friday predictions earlier in the week, DealNews.com doesn't believe 32-inch sets will offer great bargains on Black Friday.

"(32-Inch 1080p TVs) will likely hit $179 again this year, which was the best price we saw during Black Friday 2012. These TVs haven't dropped that low since then and have averaged about $222 this year, so we don't think it's likely that they'll be any cheaper than $179 this time around. Furthermore, the past few years have shown that September, and not Black Friday, is typically the best time of year to find deals on 32-inch TVs."

But the site says 42-inch sets will offer some great bargains.

"We're predicting that 42-inch TVs will drop to $180 this year, just a buck above their smaller 32-inch counterparts. As a result, we're recommending that consumers opt for larger 42" TVs rather than smaller 32-inch sets," DealNews.com states.

Below are Black Friday predictions from GottaDeal.com.
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News
Black Friday: 42-Inch HDTVs For $249?
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (October 1, 2013) -- Retailers will likely sell 32-inch LCD HDTVs for as low as $139 this Black Friday, predicts GottaDeal.com, the web site that tracks online and retail discounts.

The site, which annually makes Black Friday predictions, also says that 1080p 42-inch LCD sets will likely be available for as low as $299 and "cheaper" Plasma 42-inch sets will go for around $249.

The site adds that 47-inch and 50-inch LCD and LED models will be available for around $349 and $399 respectively.

Retailers traditionally offer deep discounts on the day after Thanksgiving, better known as Black Friday, the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. (Black Friday this year will be November 29.)

The discount prices are often available for one day only -- and may include restrictions on time and supply. Discount hunters also have to contend with the frenzied atmosphere of Black Friday which some shoppers view as a day of combat.

GottaDeal.com says 60-inch HDTVs could be sold for less than $500 on Black Friday, noting that prices for larger-screen TVs have dropped in recent months.

Finally, the site predicts that 24-inch HDTVs could be available for around $79 and 19-inch LCD HDTVs could go for $59.

Gotta Deal says it based its predictions on staff and reader input. While the site notes that HDTV prices will be discounted on Black Friday, it writes that higher quality, name-brand sets may see even better deals in early December.

"If you are looking for a deal on a higher quality, name-brand HDTV, the best time to buy is typically in early to mid-December as retailers tend to ramp up the deals to get those last minute sales before the holidays," the site writes. "And even if you miss those deals, the pre-Super Bowl TV deals are also very attractive every year."


Gotta Deal also forecasts that Blu-ray players will be available on Black Friday for $29.


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Phillip Swann is president and publisher of TVPredictions.com. He has been quoted in dozens of publications and broadcast outlets, including CNN, Fox News, Inside Edition, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Financial Times, The Associated Press and The Hollywood Reporter. He can be reached at
swann@tvpredictions.com or at 703-505-3064.



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