Holiday shoppers expect Black Friday deals to feature crazy HDTV deals. Last year was no exception, with Black Friday ads featuring a record of more than 650 TV deals from 36 retailers (versus 430 TV deals in 2013), 80 TV door-busters and nearly 50 4K TV deals (not including Amazon Lightening Deals).
In fact, price drops on TVs have continued throughout 2015 starting in January (Jan TV deals vs. Black Friday), and consumers rank Super Bowl TV deals second only to Black Friday (FatWallet 2015 TV shopping survey). Many current TV deals are actually better than Black Friday prices, especially 4K TVs. Is this foreshadowing more craziness ahead, like a deal on this extremely over-priced new 8k TV?
FatWallet.com 2015 Black Friday Predictions
TV deals won’t disappointment shoppers, especially online shoppers who can nab door-buster like prices from their recliners or mobile devices this Thanksgiving. Of course, we’ll see those marginal quality TV door-busters with a few 40-inch models for less than $100 (beating last year’s Target TV deal at $119.99), a few 50-inch LED models for less than $200 and an off-brand 50-inch 4K model or two well below $300 (trumping TigerDirect’s $399 Seiki deal). Here’s a quick list to keep in your crosshairs:
40-inch LEDs for less than $100
50-inch LEDs for less than $200 (60-inch doorbusters?)
50-inch 4K off-brand models for less than $300
60-inch LED models for less than $400
50-inch or better Smart HDTV models for less than $400
50-inch or larger high-quality 4k models from $800
The new Apple TV and plethora of new streaming digital TV programming choices will position hundreds of smart TVs at half-price or better, and many of those quality big-screen 4K TVs that simmered around $1,000 or more last year will surely dip into a tempting price range that more of us can afford. Other trends could include TV bundles with smart HDTVs, including Netflix and Hulu Plus subscriptions, or non-smart TVs including a streaming media device, video gaming and/or soundbars.
For reference, here are the Top 10 TV Deals from Black Friday 2014 (full specs):
VIZIO 50-INCH 1080P 240HZ SMART LED HDTV
$499.99 (was $699.99)
Best Buy (doorbuster)
PANASONIC 50-INCH 1080P 60HZ LED HDTV
$199.99 (was $549.99)
SAMSUNG 55-INCH 2160P LED 4K ULTRA HD TV (BLACK)
ELEMENT 40-INCH 1080P LED LCD HDTV
$119.99 (was $349.99)
SAMSUNG 55-INCH 4K ULTRA HD CURVED SMART TV (55HU7250)
$1,298.00 (was $1799)
VIZIO E650i B2 65-INCH 1080P 120HZ SMART LED HDTV
$648.00 (was $1098)
LG 60-INCH 1080P PLASMA HDTV 60PB5600
$488 (was $800)
SHARP AQUOS 65-INCH 1080P 120HZ LED ROKU SMART HDTV
$688.00 (was $1,499.99)
SEIKI 50-INCH CLASS 4K UHD LED TV
$399.99 After Rebate (regularly $1,499)
Off brand 32-INCH LED TV $79, 40-INCH 1080p LED TV $119, Toshiba 50-INCH LED TV $199, Vizio 55-INCH Smart LED TV $478 and a Samsung 40-INCH Smart LED TV $328!
This series of 2015 Black Friday Predictions is a forecast of upcoming prices in the most popular holiday categories and a review of the top stores, brands, products and deals from the 2014 holiday shopping season. All data is drawn from 2014 sales and shopping activities from FatWallet’s Black Friday Ads, which featured 45,000 deals, 5,700 door-busters, 10,000 deals of less than $20 and more than retailer ad flyers (including Thanksgiving sales events and 2014 Cyber Monday deals). Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for expert insights and additional data.
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