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November 26, 2007

Circuit City’s Cyber Monday 3 Day Sale

Circuit City has a variety of bargains available in its 3 day Cyber Monday sale, but don’t expect super discount doorbuster specials. Examples:


Plasma TV – Hitachi 42″ Plasma HDTV Model #: HIT P42H401 reduced $300 to $1099.99.

External Hard Drives – Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 750GB External Hard Drive reduced $60 to $219.99.

There’s much more and note that they are offering %10 off on some items if you choose to pick them up at a local Circuit City store instead of having them shipped to you.

Posted at 10:35 am. Filed under Acer, Bargains, Circuit City, Companies, Cyber Monday, Gateway, Hard Disks, Hitachi, HP, Laptop, Notebook, Plasma TV, Storage, Television, Western Digital

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November 24, 2007

Wal-Mart’s perpetual Black Friday sale

Wal-Mart is famous for their instore Black Friday doorbusters, but you may not realize that they have a large online operation which has Black Friday specials as well. This year both online and instore had a calendar of special sales starting on Monday Nov. 19 and continuing through the end of the month. They will have Cyber Monday and Beyond Online Specials starting Monday the 26th and lasting through Nov. 30, but right now following the link takes you to the two day post Black Friday sale and here are some of the online bargains.

Plasma TV – Philips 50″ Plasma HDTV with Digital Tuner, 50PFP5332D for $1397.00 which is at least $100 less than anywhere else I have seen.  You can get free shipping by having them send it to a local Wal-Mart store and picking it up yourself.

Digital Camera – Kodak 7.1 MP EasyShare ZD710 Digital Camera w/ 10x Optical Zoom & Image Stabilization for $149.00.

There are a variety of LCD TVs as well. I’ll be interested to see what they come up with for Cyber Monday.

Posted at 12:54 pm. Filed under Bargains, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Digital Cameras, LCD TV, Plasma TV, Television

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December 12, 2006

TV prices dropping too fast?

Sometimes you just have to laugh – TV prices dropping too fast, Sony says:

Television prices are dropping faster than expected, and Sony’s not too happy about it.

Prices for liquid crystal display TVs should drop between 25 percent and 30 percent this year. That’s between 5 percent and 7 percent more than Sony anticipated, Stan Glasgow, president of Sony Electronics, said in a meeting with reporters in San Francisco last week.

And the problem is what exactly?

While this is good for consumers–and it would be hard to find a thrifty buyer sympathetic to Sony’s concerns–the quick plunge in prices could hurt the industry as a whole because it could leave consumer electronics manufacturers financially weakened and less able to invest in future technologies, Glasgow argued.

Mr. Glasgow seems to be unfamiliar with the concept of the free market where efficient producers survive and inefficient ones get forced out. Either that or Sony is on the inefficient side.

“LCDs will continue to experience heavy price erosion, but not at this level,” he said. “It is hard to see that business model (of drastic price cuts) sustaining itself.”

It won’t unless the manufacturers can sustain it.

However, aside from beating up Sony for cluelessness, the point is that there are bargains out there:

“Prices have come down pretty aggressively,” said Steve Baker, an analyst at NPD Techworld. “We saw more big names on Black Friday come out with more aggressive prices than expected. The surprise was that the big guys got dragged into the muck.”

Vizio, for instance, a bargain plasma TV maker, sold a 42-inch plasma for $999 while Panasonic also touted 42-inch plasma deals for around $1,300.

A variety of factors have played a role in the dramatic drop. LCD and plasma TV makers are engaged in a turf war for the key 40-inch to 49-inch TV market, Baker said. Many manufacturers are also trying to get rid of excess supplies of TVs shipped to Europe in anticipation of a big selling binge before the summer’s World Cup soccer tournament. Not as many sets sold as expected.

Consumers are buying bigger, fancier TVs, but they expect to buy them at far lower prices than they did a year ago, which squeezes sales margins. Additionally, the number of companies hawking LCD TVs is putting pressure on big companies like Sony. IDC analyst Bob O’Donnell estimated that there might be close to 90 manufacturers.

“You and I can start an LCD company tomorrow. You buy some panels and circuits, get a Taiwanese (contract manufacturer) and, bam, you’re in business,” he said. “Given that environment, there are people fighting for survival.”

On the latter point, it means you just need to check the reviews of the model and manufacturer for quality, or stick to the big names like Sony as they get dragged kicking and screaming to lower their margins.

Posted at 8:12 pm. Filed under Companies, LCD TV, Plasma TV, Sony, Television

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