Black Friday 2015: Getting the Best Deal on a TV

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Prices for big-screen TVs will drop to affordable levels, while smaller, 32-inch sets will hit the bargain bin, predicts DealNews.com.

When it comes to Black Friday deals on televisions, size will matter, predicts DealNews.com. So will resolution, yours as well as the TVs’.

The online shopping site says that for years retailers have lured bargain-hunters to stores with TV deals, and it expects the trend to continue this year.

“The good news is many of these deals will indeed be price lows,” DealNews.com says. “However, there will also be some offers disguised as deals that you should avoid at all costs.”

DealNews, a Money Talks News partner, breaks down TV offers by limited-quantity, door-buster prices and average, name-brand (Samsung, LG, etc.) and off-brand (Seiki, Westinghouse, etc.) prices.

At the low-cost end, look for small-screen TVs, like the 32-inch models, to drop to less than $100 as door-busters, or look for $130 as the average off-brand bargain, DealNews says. Start with Target and other big box stores as potential sources.

Things won’t change much from last year for 55-inch, 1080p LCD TVs, says DealNews: Retailers will treat that as the entry-level size. Look for door-buster offers at $379, and name brand averages of $570.

The hottest door-buster price DealNews predicts is $549 for an off-brand, 60-inch 1080p LCD TV. It expects the average name-brand price for that size to be $775. The 60-inch size used to be out of the question for most consumers, DealNews says, but they’ve become far more affordable recently.

If you want to go big and can afford it, DealNews says a 70-inch, door-buster price will drop to as low as $1,279, about the same as Black Friday in 2014. Brand-name models will average $1,500, it predicts.

You might also consider if it’s time to buy a 4K TV with an Ultra High Definition screen of 2160p, which has four times the resolution of a 1080p. A 42-inch model will be as low as $299, while 55-inch, name-brand sets will sell from $425. Of course, 4K content is still limited, but the offerings are growing.

Popular Netflix shows, including “House of Cards” and Amazon Prime’s “Bosch,” stream in 4K, as do some YouTube videos.

As Black Friday approaches, save top dollar:

  • We’ll offer more information on specific stores for the best deals as they become available. So if you’re not getting our updates, subscribe now.
  • Remember when shopping online to always start with a rebate site. They can automatically earn you 3 to 15 percent cash back. Our favorite is Ebates. Click that link, create a free account and get money back whenever you buy online.
  • And, don’t forget to explore Amazon.com for its Black Friday deals.

What’s your plan for shopping on and around Black Friday? Share with us in comments below or on our Facebook page.

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