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What's on sale in November

TVs and DVDs
TVs and DVDs

If you're in the market for a TV or DVDs, November might just be your month, says Augie Grant, professor at the University of South Carolina and editor of "Communication Technology and Fundamentals."

There are going to be big specials coming on televisions, especially large screens and 3-D TVs, which have not been selling as well as expected, says Grant.

"As we get closer to Christmas, the prices are going to get better and better," he says.

You could save at least 10 percent to 20 percent, Grant says. Look for items such as a fairly simple 32-inch TV (without Internet capabilities or a half-dozen HDMI connections) for less than $250 during November.

"The cheapest time to buy a TV is November and December," Grant says.

You'll find some deals on DVDs, too. With the surging popularity of Blu-ray, movie companies are discounting their traditional-format DVDs to entice buyers and collectors, Grant says.

Look for a lot of popular movies for $5 to $10 during November, with some after-Thanksgiving sales with prices as low as $2 or $3, he says.

Also on the sale table this month: electronic tablets.

As a host of them are introduced to the market, their prices are how they fight for space on the shelves, says Grant. So prices drop.

With the exception of Apple, you can expect to find a selection of tablets in the $200 to $400 range in the stores this month, he says.

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