The Black Friday TV deals for 2014 include large flatscreen HDTVs from a number of name brands and lesser known brands. It seems that these big ticket electronics items are what customers will be searching for more than ever this holiday shopping season, with every retailer trying their best to offer low sale prices online and in stores for television sets.
On Nov. 26 CNBC reported that this year’s TV deals will be among the biggest and cheapest so far. They are the doorbuster specials that lots of customers are camping out for already outside the retail stores. According to Stephen Baker, who is the vice president for industry analysis at the NPD Group, sales for televisions should be robust this year,a after years of unimpressive growth.
The best Black Friday sales for TVs will come via retailers such as Walmart, Best Buy and Amazon. Even Target’s 2014 sale will feature a television as a doorbuster. With several of the TVs being specials, some stores are guaranteeing that customers camping out will have a TV if they get a ticket. The Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy holiday sales all have sets around $200 (or slightly more) that are 50-inch screen sizes. Meanwhile, Amazon is not showing its hand until most likely Thanksgiving Day or Black Friday with a time-limited deal on a Toshiba 50-inch HDTV.
The trick to navigating the HDTV sales is to focus on the specifications that a television has. If it’s a lesser-known brand, it may not be the same quality as brands like VIZIO, Sony or Panasonic. Even if it is a name brand, customers will need to consider what they want in terms of inputs and other important specs on the television set. Otherwise, a shopper may be disappointed in the quality of what they bought or the fact it lacks enough HDMI ports, for example.
Some of the features this year that are being sold at a higher price include 4K sets which is a new standard of picture display quality. There’s also curved sets which give more viewing from various angles, and a better display experience. However, these sets will not be among the $200 crop of 50-inch televisions advertised as doorbuster.
Basically, the best Black Friday TV deal available online seems to be Amazon’s 50-inch Toshiba set for $199, although the actual model has not been revealed. For in-store, Best Buy is offering a $199 Panasonic 50-inch HDTV as a doorbuster, which is what many customers are camping out for. Walmart’s Black Friday sale has a 65-inch Vizio television for $648 which will probably take the cake when it comes to the biggest and best deal offered for a large size TV.