2010 Black Friday Computer and TV Deals

On Friday, November 26, 2010, it’s time to get ready for the madness that is Black Friday, as retailers all across the country will be putting their best deals forward to draw people into their stores. While Black Friday ads don’t typically start showing up until the middle of October, there are predictions to be made since retailers such as Target began having Black Friday sales in July to give the consumer a taste of what is to come this Thanksgiving. What’s in store for us this year, then? Let’s have a look.

Computers, Laptops and Netbooks: Probably the hottest items for Black Friday have always been laptops. For the last few years your typical Black Friday laptop has had a 15.4″ widescreen LCD display, a dual-core processor, 3GB of memory, 320GB hard drive and DVD burning drive, along with standard features such as WiFi, modem and ethernet port. While laptops like these are available all year long from retailers such as Best Buy, Dell and Staples for around $349, look for them to drop in price this Black Friday to anywhere from $249 to $299.

However, this Black Friday is certainly going to be the “Year of the Netbook,” as these mini-laptops surge in popularity. They’ve been seen online for as low as $79, so this look for them to drop on Black Friday in-store to that same price, with the typical netbook of a 10” display, Intel Atom processor, 1GB of memory and a 160GB hard drive going for around $179, a drop from their usual price of $249.

Of course we can’t forget about the desktop computer, which has always been a staple for Black Friday deals, but with them almost being disposable now due to so many price drops, look for sales of them to drop. Still, you will most likely see a mid-level desktop computer (dual core processor, 4GB of RAM, 320GB hard drive, DVD burner) bundled with a 19″ or 20″ LCD monitor to be possibly as low as $249, with upgrades to a faster quad-core processor, more RAM, bigger hard drive and a 24″ monitor for $100 to $150 more. Not a bad deal if you’re not into portability.

HDTVs: With 3D TVs hitting the market recently, it’s hard to say just how much of an affect those will have on the pricing of their non-3D counterparts this Black Friday, but rest assured that LCD and plasma TVs are still going to be a hot ticket item.

Look for most HDTVs this year to have either 1080p or 720p, meaning the maximum lines of horizontal resolution that a TV can display. Of course, higher resolution means a higher price tag, but this Black Friday, you’re still going to see the 42″ models in the $349 to $399 range. Why? Well they’ve been spotted online for that price, so look for the trend to continue in-store on Black Friday as retailers rush to get rid of overstock. These will be the 720p models of LCD and plasma HDTVs, but don’t be fooled. You’re still going to find the higher resolution of 1080p at a deal. Look for the 42″ models of higher end HDTVs to drop below the $500 mark, possibly going for as low as $399 at some retailers.

Black Friday doesn’t just mean deals on the bigger HDTVs, though. Expect the smaller models to drop significantly in price this year, too. Could this be the year we finally see 32″ HDTVs drop to around the $200 price range? Don’t be surprised if you do, but quantities of these will go fast for sure. For those of you looking to replace your bedroom TV, you can fully expect to see 19″ HDTV models go for around $99. These items will most likely be door crashers on Black Friday, so if you’re not in line early, you may miss out.

Don’t worry, though, if you miss out on Black Friday deals of HDTVs. as higher end models will drop again in price probably around mid-December for the Christmas rush, as retailers gear up to get rid of their stock before the new year hits.

Yes, this Black Friday is going to be another spectacular one for retails all around, but in typical sale fashion, look for the deals to stretch out over the weekend, instead of just on a single day. You most likely won’t find stock of the items you really wanted on Saturday or Sunday, though, so like normal, it’s good to line up early for those Black Friday specials. We’ve seen people in line as early as midnight, and this year will be no exception as stores open their doors early to suit customer demand. Places like Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Staples and Target will see the biggest turn out, but keep you eye open for the smaller stores to also be offering great deals this Black Friday. You may just find that item you want at Radio Shack instead.