For Tech Deals, Wait 'Till Black Friday

Black Friday Will Be Golden for Holiday Tech Deals
Black Friday Will Be Golden for Holiday Tech Deals

'Tis the season to buy tech products -- almost. If you're looking to upgrade, it's probably best to wait till Black Friday.

As we saw with Walmart's (WMT) blockbuster $200 laptop last year, tech products like computers, phones, TVs and tablets will see sharp discounts for the holidays. Expect to see more deals on computers at the $200 range this year, says Brad Wilson, CEO of, a coupon web site that monitors retailers' promotional strategies year round.

Wilson says that prices on most tech products will get haircuts: High-end smarthpones with HD video recording, fast processors and high-quality camera phones for as little as $125 (with a two-year contract) from retailers like Walmart, (AMZN) and Best Buy (BBY). "That's pretty remarkable. Typically high end phones are $200 or more," he says.

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Also on the chopping block: TVs prices. Retailers will be selling 32-inch flat-screen HDTVs for $200, compared to almost $300 today, Wilson says. Blu-Ray players will see price drops, as well.

Probably, the sharpest cuts will be to tablet computers -- though not to Apple's (AAPL) blockbuster iPad. The new Kindle Fire tablet sparked a price war when it launched at $199. In response, Barnes and Noble's (BKS) Nook, which bills itself as "the reader's tablet," will drop from $139 to $99, and the Nook Color to drop from $249 to $199 or less," Wilson says.

Shoppers will also find "no-name" 7-inch and 10-inch tablets for $60 and $90, respectively, Wilson says.

Amazon itself will likely sweeten the Kindle Fire deal with a short-term sale akin to its $50-off Kindle promotion from 2008, he says.

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