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Offers Abound for Black Friday

17 Nov, 2006 By: Jessica Wolf

Black Friday usually means a lot of green for retailers, as shoppers working off their Thanksgiving meals get up with the sun the next day to take advantage of limited-time, advertised specials.

This year, retailers have tagged flat-panel HDTV sets with can't-be-beat Black Friday prices that range from $300 to $1,300 in savings. And they slashed prices to the bone on TV DVD sets, as well as a selection of recent and catalog titles.

Holiday shoppers will spend $21 billion on consumer electronics this season, with MP3 players topping a wish list that includes all types of DVD players, laptops, PCs, gaming systems, cell phones, camcorders and HDTVs, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.

As usual, eagle-eyed shoppers posting on sites such as Fatwallet.com and Bfads.net had the early skinny on what the big-box stores would be using to lure shoppers.Here's a sampling of offers:

  • Best Buy: Shoppers have until noon Friday to scoop up a Toshiba 56-inch flat-panel, DLP projection HDTV for $1199.99, saving $700. The chain also advertised limited quantities of several 720p-capable flat-panel HDTV sets, including a Westinghouse 42-inch LCD for $999.99 (regularly $1,499.99), a Westinghouse 32-inch LCD 720p HDTV $479.99 (regularly $799.99), and the whopper — a Toshiba 50-inch plasma 720p HDTV for $1,699.99, a savings of $1,300. Stores will pass out tickets for the special prices starting at 4 a.m. that day.

    Early bird Best Buy DVD lovers also can get new releases Mission: Impossible III and Click for $7.99, as well as a selection of titles at $2.99 each, including My Best Friend's Wedding, Hitch and White Chicks. Friday and Saturday shoppers can get such $9.99 multidisc TV titles as The Office: Season One, Will and Grace: Season One and Arrested Development: Season Three, as well as $9.99 recent hits X-Men: The Last Stand, Inside Man and Monster House. Other two-day specials include $14.99 pricing on Seinfeld: Season 5 and Season 6, Friends: Season One, Entourage: Season Two and Smallville: Season 4.

  • Wal-Mart: The chain is advertising several HDTV sets from unidentified manufacturers — a 42-inch 720p plasma with HDMI for $988 and a 32-inch 720p LCD set with HDMI for $598, both available from 5 to 11 a.m. Friday.

    The chain also will offer super-low DVD prices on Black Friday with a selection of titles for $1.88 (including The Hulk, The Cat in the Hat and Wimbledon) and an assortment for $3.44 (including The Pink Panther, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Scooby-Doo 2 and What a Girl Wants). Recent releases such as Click, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Sentinel and RV are going for $9.72 on Friday only.

  • Circuit City: The chain has its lowest advertised prices on a 52-inch Panasonic HDTV (unclear as to type) for $999.99 (regularly $1,699.99), and a 50-inch Vizio plasma set for $1,499.99 after a $200 mail-in rebate and $300 instant savings. A 40-inch Polaroid HD LCD set is available for $999.99 after $100 mail-in rebate from 5 to 11 a.m. only.

    DVD deals include a TV season blowout with such $12.99 titles as Will & Grace: Season One, House: Season One, Dawson's Creek: Season One and a selection of $14.99 and $18.99 TV DVD titles.

    Circuit City is also blowing out DVD catalog titles at $2.99 each (with three-title purchase limits), including The Hulk, The Cat in the Hat, The Sweetest Thing and Dance With Me. Other releases such as Click, Chicken Little, Monster House and Grey's Anatomy: Season Two will ring up at $8.99 for early bird shoppers. And the retailer has a large slate of catalog DVDs priced at two discs for $8.

  • Sam's Club: Available is a Philips 50-inch widescreen plasma HDTV for $1,898.88 and a Vizio 46-inch widescreen LCD HDTV for $1,649.77.

  • Costco: The discounter is touting a Friday-only special for a Vizio 42-inch plasma HDTV for $999.99, down from $1199.99. The chain is also selling a 50-inch plasma HDTV for $1,899.99 (regularly $2,199.99).

  • Kmart: The chain has a Friday and Saturday special on a 32-inch Protron widescreen LCD flat-panel HDTV for $629.99 (regularly $999.99).

    DVD two-day specials include $4.99 each for Terminator 3, Super Troopers, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Sleepers, The Girl Next Door and others. The stores also will have a selection of titles from $5.99 to $7.99, including Napoleon Dynamite, The Notebook and Jarhead.

  • Target: The chain is billing its “lowest price ever” on a Magnavox 37-inch LCD HDTV with HDMI for $1,097 (regularly $1,299.99).

    Target also is advertising $15 prices for new releases The Da Vinci Code and Over the Hedge on the cover of its all-important circular. A selection of TV DVD titles are more than half-off at $16, including The Simpsons: Season 8, Family Guy: Volume 3, 24: Season One, Laguna Beach: Season Two and Gilmore Girls: Season 5.

  • Sears: The chain has several big deals on big TVs available from 5 to 11 a.m. Friday only, including a 42-inch Toshiba plasma HDTV for $1,199.99 (regularly $1,999.99); a Toshiba 42-inch 720p DLP HDTV for $999.99 (regularly $1,499.99); a Magnavox 42-inch widescreen LCD HDTV for $1,359.99 (regularly $1,859.99); and a Protron 37-inch widescreen LCD HDTV for $949.99 (regularly $1,299).

    The department store also has a bundle of DVD deals for morning shoppers with titles such as Apollo 13, Field of Dreams, The Wedding Date and Meet the Fockers for $3.99 each.

    Consumer Reports published tips for potential HDTV buyers, suggesting they purchase the biggest size they can afford and consider a set with 1080p resolution, as that's the standard everyone is trying to get to.

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