Black Friday 2012 Predictions on Electronics

Black Friday has been receiving increasingly more criticism as online shopping took off and Cyber Monday gained more ground. But tells us that we need not lose faith yet and that Black Friday 2012 might still bring some good deals on LCD TVs, laptops, clothes and toys. Dealnews is specialized in helping bargain hunters find the best deals, promotional offers and coupons all year round. The site features mostly electronics and follows price trends with over 2000 retailers.

This year, they predict that at least one retailer will drop its price to $299 for a 47" LCD TV, marking a new all time low in this category. In late September, Dealnews wrote a story on a leaked Black Friday ad from Sprint, which purportedly offered the Samsung Galaxy S III Android Phone for only $49.99. However, at the time, the author said that very early Black Friday ads are not always relevant for what is to come on Black Friday itself, and that bigger retailers like Amazon might undercut Sprint's price on the Samsung Galaxy III. Retailers usually release complete ads of their Black Friday deals about a week before Black Friday, and everything we see prior to that might not be an accurate depiction of the retailers' offers.

Laptops will likely also become more affordable for all product categories. Budget systems might fall to as low as $179, trendy ultraportables could cost around $399, and 17" power laptops could go down to approximately $525, according to a Dealnews report.

While Apple doesn't usually cut more than 10% off retail prices on Black Friday, authorized resellers might have special Black Friday sales that take off twice as much, or even more. For video game console offers, we will likely find the best value in special bundles, which usually include accessories and a few video game titles. New video game titles coming out during this period might see a price drop of up to 50%, while older titles will probably go down about 75%.

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