Retailers Playing the Black Friday Game
Retailers big and small, along with some manufacturers have unleashed a flurry of Black Friday deals.
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November 24, 2008 by Richard M. Sherwin

New Models, Low Prices
Sources at Circuit City and Best Buy tell Electronic House that several top brands like Sharp and Panasonic will have many of their newest models on sale at record low prices…especially in the larger screen sizes like 46-inch and up.

In addition, while executives at Sony, Toshiba and Panasonic adamantly deny it, wholesale clubs like BJ and Costco… which normally sell entry to mid-level models from those TV makers…may have a few elite and higher-end models at some stores.

Sources at Sharp Electronics expect that some of their most prized top tier models like AQUOS 50-inch and above HDTVs will be available for more than just Black Friday for a steep discount. “We are having trouble moving this TV,” says the source at Sharp. “We expect to finally sell out of some of these models because the price will be only a few dollars above cost at quite a few nationwide and regional stores.”

Samsung has made the unprecedented move of having an early Black Friday sale on its own web site where you can find HDTVs as low as $500.

Other industry gurus claim that some manufacturers’ who maintain strict suggested retail pricing like Bose will provide more leeway to retailers. A quick look at BJ’s holiday gift guide shows several new Bose home theater and speakers systems with as much as $100 off with a special coupon. And for the holidays Bose products will be available in many more locations, so check your local newspaper or online advertising.

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Richard M. Sherwin - Contributing Writer
Richard Sherwin is a former syndicated technology columnist and TV/Radio analyst, who has also been a marketing executive with IBM, Philips, NBC and a chief advisor to several manufacturers and service providers.

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