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It's a good time to buy a television "because it was kind of a tough year for television sales," Butler says. "What's driving interest is that people are really drawn to larger screens." You can expect to see 20 percent to 40 percent off, he says.

Jim Barry, spokesman for the Consumer Electronics Association, predicts that television prices will be about 10 percent lower than they were in November, with a good selection of LCD and plasma televisions in the 40-inch range for $500 or less.

A particularly good buy: 3-D technology. Because it hasn't been a hot commodity for consumers, the difference in price for a 3-D model is likely to be about $30 to $90 per set, he says.

Electronic games are a good buy this time of year, Butler says -- consoles as well as used games. Expect to save 10 percent to 25 percent on gaming systems and used games.


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