SoCal Retailers Offer Post-Xmas 'Blu' Specials25 Dec, 2009 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Select Southern California consumer electronics retailers offered big savings on select quantities of Blu-ray Disc players for day-after Christmas sales, including a non-Internet enabled LG player (BD-270) for $99, acording to newspaper circulars.
Video & Audio Center is selling 150 units of the Sony BD-PS360 for $119 with BD-Live (Internet) functionality, 50 units of the Samsung BDP-1600 with Netflix streaming widget for $127, and 90 units of the LG player at stores in Santa Monica, Redondo Beach and Agoura Hills.
Howard's Appliance & Flat Screen Superstores and Fry's Electronics are selling select Web-enabled Sony Blu-ray players for $129 (Fry's also offered the LG non-Web Blu-ray player for $99 Dec. 26 only), while Walmart continues to offer a non-Web enabled Magnavox Blu-ray player for $78.
The discounts come as consumer confidence in the overall economy remained level in December, while confidence in consumer electronics and technology declined from last month's record high, according to new figures released by the Consumer Electronics Association.
Consumer confidence in technology and CE dropped nearly seven points this month to 86.8. The CEA-CNET Index of Consumer Technology Expectations (ICTE), is up 8.5 points from this time last year and is at the second highest level of the year. The ICTE measures consumer confidence in technology and consumer electronics.
“Consumers remain concerned about the overall health of the economy and are keeping a close eye on spending,” said Anne Claudio, VP of research at CBS Interactive. “Instability in market forces continues to drive consumers' worries about their own personal financial stability and will impact consumer spending now and potentially into 2010.”