Tune into the tube: TVs are a steal
On Black Friday, televisions tend to be really inexpensive because they may not be top-of-the-line, de Grandpre says. "You are getting kind of a trade-off," he says.
Prices for high-end televisions tend to drop in January, leading up to the Super Bowl, de Grandpre says. Historically, DealNews research shows there have also been excellent sales on high-end models in mid-December. But in years past, sometimes the best deals did not appear until January, he says.
If you're looking for the centerpiece for your home theater, "I think you want to shop both times," he says.
Part of the reason television prices fall in January stems from the seasonality of some products, says Marks. Traditionally, that's when new products are introduced and older models are discontinued.
Even with the December/January high-end TV boom, DealNews is predicting record-low pricing for TVs on Black Friday. The company expects 42-inch 1080p LCD TVs to be available for as low as $109 in door-buster deals and the 60-inch 1080p LCD HDTV to be the best Black Friday door-buster this year, with a price as low as $549.
Smaller TVs have bottomed out in pricing, so the better deals will be on larger TVs. While the 60-inch is expected to drop to the best price this season, deals will also be found on 55-inch and 70-inch LCDs, according to DealNews.
It's interesting to note that even with all these deals, televisions likely aren't going to be under the Christmas tree. De Grandpre says people tend to buy TVs for themselves, not as gifts.