Gaming, Smartphones, Tablets and 3D: One Walleteer’s 2010 Black Friday / Holiday Predictions
The Black Friday 2010 rumor mill has already started to leak. A few more stores should follow suit through to Nov. 29 (Cyber Monday). The new FatWallet Black Friday DEAL Filter is the go-to for many consumers looking to find all of the Black Friday deals fast and plan their big weekend.
This year, I’m hearing on the cyber street that the best Black Friday and holiday deals will be found online. We’ve seen an increase in early shopping over 2009 so far on FatWallet. The low prices populating in our Best Deals and Hot Deals forum and on other sites online don’t appear to reflect any supply issues yet.
New technology should dominate BF deals in popular categories like gaming consoles, smartphones, tablets and HDTVs. Many of these products will be the talk and, hopefully, the walk of our Black Friday deal experience.
Gaming: Online gaming has put a cramp in game and console sales, but the industry still thrives in a slow economy. The newest of the hot will feature the Xbox 360 Kinect and Sony Playstation Move if you can find them. Their “gotta have it” factor should make for a very competitive landscape for the other models and brands and offer consumers with a multitude of bundled options. Some of the hot games on tap include Halo: Reach, Wii Party, Rock Band 3 and Fallout: New Vegas. Another somewhat game related product I predict to be a huge hit is the Kymera Magic Wand learning buttonless remote control. It works like a magic wand with any IR device. YouTube it!
Smartphones: Where to start? Obviously the HTC Droid Incredible and Apple iPhone 4 will be at the top many Christmas and holiday shopping lists, but Black Friday will feature a variety of phones and accessories. Look for endless deals on phone cases, charging cables, docks and perhaps even ringtones and apps. Other highly-rated smartphones include the HTC Evo 4G, Samsung Epic 4G and the T-Mobile G2. Many phones will be bundled with accessories, 2-for-1 deals and different plans. My advice is to make sure the plan and your local signal is as cool as the phone.
Tablets: Get ready for a tablet explosion this holiday, maybe. Though there’s a ton of development, few products are living up to the quality and responsiveness of the popular Apple iPad. This could be why you don’t see many out there…yet. But just like smartphones, this market will eventually compete. Among a host of Android based China products (best to research before buying), look for the Dell Streak, the Archos 7 and 9 PC Tablets, and possibly the Neophonie WeTab and Samsung Galaxy Tablet to make their way into some Black Friday ads and holiday deals. There will be choices, but if your goal is to put it under the tree, expect available units to be limited and sell quickly.
3D/HDTV: 3D TV sales are struggling to take a hold on the market as most consumers seem to be waiting for either, the price to come down from its current “retail” status or the technology to get its grip on the “need” over “want.” With that said, the inevitable invasion of this technology with dozens of models available right now, should help drive the price of 1080p LCD HDTVs into a very competitive and tempting situation for holiday shoppers. My bet is that 3D will continue to be a luxury while the $400-700 42” HDTV deals will be far and wide from November 26 through the end of the year. Do your homework, or have an Expert do it for you
Expectation is that this deal party gets even bigger in December, if there is still merchandise to be had. Timing is everything. Happy shopping!