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How much will an HDTV cost on Black Friday? Much less

Victoria Wachowiak pushes a shopping cart with a 50-inch televison at Target
Victoria Wachowiak pushes a shopping cart with a 50-inch televison at Target on Thanksgiving Day in Burbank, Calif., Nov. 22, 2012. Consumers could score deals on HDTVs this year during the shopping frenzy known as Black Friday. Jonathan Alcorn

Still waiting for prices to drop on an HDTV you’ve been eyeing all year? Your chance may soon be coming.

Black Friday comes but once a year, and this year it falls rather late on Nov. 29, creating the shortest number of holiday shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. A number of industry trends are expected to help drive down Black Friday television prices.

Though worldwide and U.S. HDTV sales are down again this year, manufacturers have cut back production to prevent oversupply and associated price erosion. Though average selling prices may not be plummeting like they have in past years, there are some bright spots for deal hunters, such as in the 60-inch and larger screen sizes. This is where prices show the most movement. We anticipate hot deals on plasma and LED LCD HDTVs in this range.

Despite multibillion-dollar losses at Sharp and Panasonic, we still expect both companies and others to offer special Black Friday prices to dealers in an effort to move inventories and increase revenues.

We at HD Guru consulted our industry contacts, surveyed the best current deals, and checked last year’s Black Friday specials to come up with these 2013 Black Friday predictions.

There is a new category this year, Ultra HD TV (“4K”). We predict at least one name-brand Ultra HD TV manufacturer will be dropping its prices for the holiday by 20 percent or more.

For those of you considering a Vizio or a no-name TV, please read our disposable TV article. Thinking about an extended warranty? Learn how to get the best deal and how to get up to a one year extended warranty for free and our next article reveals a deal on a Square Trade extended protection plan.

On to our Black Friday HDTV list:

32-inch No Name 720p LCD  Average price: $199 Black Friday price: $149

32-inch No Name 1080p LCD Average price: $259 Black Friday price: $169

32-inch Brand Name 720p LCD Average price: $259 Black Friday price: $169

39-inch No Name 1080p LED LCD Average price: $249 Black Friday price: $169

39-inch Name Brand LED LCD 1080p Average price: $369 Black Friday price: $269

40-42-inch No Name LCD Average price: $249 Black Friday price:$189

42-43-inch Name Brand 720p Plasma Average price: $399 Black Friday price:$299

46-47-inch No Name LED LCD 1080p Average price: $429 Black Friday price:$349

50-inch Name Brand 720p Plasma Average price: $549 Black Friday price:$449

50-inch Name Brand 1080p Plasma Average price: $599 Black Friday price: $479

50-inch No Name 1080p 120Hz LED LCD Average price: $499 Black Friday price: $389

50-inch Name Brand LED Smart 120Hz  Average price: $849 Black Friday price: $669

55-inch Name Brand 120 Hz 1080p LED LCD Average price: $999 Black Friday price: $499

55-inch Name Brand 3D 120 Hz 4K Smart TV Average price: $3499 Black Friday price: $2799

60-inch No Name 120 Hz LED LCD Average price: $998 Black Friday price:$599

60-inch No Name LED LCD Smart Average price: $998 Black Friday price: $688

60-inch Name Brand Plasma 1080p Average price: $799 Black Friday price: $519

70-inch No Name LED LCD 1080p Smart Average price: $1599 Black Friday price: $999

70-inch LED Name Brand LED LCD 120 Hz Average price: $1799 Black Friday price: $1649

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