Affordable TV to lure Black Friday crowd

You might need two carts to walk away with what may be this year's biggest BlackFriday bargain a 65" Vizio television at Walmart for $648.
Cheaper, large-screen televisions to lure Black Friday crowd

You might need two carts to walk away with what may be this year's biggest BlackFriday bargain (at least by size): a 65" Vizio television at Walmart for $648, says a report in Reuters.

As exciting as Beats headphones and iPads are, it is giant, cheap TVs that get people to camp outside for days or brave surging crowds for "doorbusters" on Thanksgiving Day and the busy shopping day after known as Black Friday. Experts say this year's TVs on sale are bigger and cheaper than ever before, and they expect eager shoppers to snap them up in higher numbers than the last few years.

Unit sales are already up this year so far, says Stephen Baker, vice president for industry analysis at NPD Group, which tracks TV sales. Baker expects holiday sales to be robust, after several years of unimpressive growth.

The drivers of this year's TV frenzy are mostly above 40", whereas the last few years, the best deals were on 32" sets. "There are now 40" to 55" sets in the $200 price range, which is unbelievable," says Paul Gagnon, director of global TV research for DisplaySearch.

A 40" Element flat-screen for a mere $119 graces the front of Target's Black Friday ad booklet. Best Buy is featuring a 50" Panasonic for $199.99.

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