Tis the season for flat panel TVs

Call it a sign of the economic times or call it gift from Santa, but it looks like this holiday season will be the perfect time to finally pick up that LCD or plasma set you’ve had your eye on – as long as your house isn’t in foreclosure by then. According to Paul Gagnon, Director of North American TV market research at DisplaySearch, this holiday season will see some pretty attractive price cuts on flat panel TVs of all sizes. Here are his predictions:

  • 19-inch high definition LCD: $199
  • 32-inch HD LCD: $399-$499
  • 40-inch 1080p LCD: $799-$999
  • 42-inch HD plasma: $599-$699
  • 50-inch HD plasma: $899-$999

There is no question that this holiday shopping season will be among the worst in recent history for retailers nation-wide. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be seeing discounted pricing all over the place. Even still, $200 for an LCD perfect for any kitchen? $900 for a 50-incher? Those prices will nearly put retail stores on par with current shady-shop internet prices – and they’ll even come with a warranty. Gagnon predicts that shoppers will likely seek out good picture quality in more stripped down models as opposed to high-end name brands, and is looking at discount stores such as Wal-Mart and Costco as the retailers of choice for many.

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