You Came. You Shopped. You Bought a Skinny TV.

Flat panel TVs are shaping up to be the most popular purchase this holiday season. Why? You consumers are too “confused” (read: too smart to get drawn in) by the format wars between HD DVD and Blu-ray, and you can’t get your hands on a Wii or a PS3. That leaves your ugly, bulky old TV. Ugh! Time for a new one. Also, in addition to a flat screen, you want a bigger TV. “Screen size is very important to consumers this season, with a majority of them looking at screens of 30 inches or more and spending an average of $1,950. The 42-inch size will be the most popular of all, IDC said. “

Also, you’re enjoying the price wars. Walmart is stilling a 42″ plasma for $1,294. Circuit City and Best Buy had Black Friday deals on flat screen and plasma TVs. So, for as much press as the gaming world is getting, the real story of the season might be the flat screen TV.—MEGHANN MARCO

Consumers Opt for Flat TVs [Red Herring]

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  1. WeimMe says:

    My big ole 36in. works just fine. Why run out an get the hottest, biggest, and newest? Huh? Why? Ain’t nothing on it worth looking at.

    Camera’s? that’s a different song there.

  2. synergy says:

    I don’t get why anyone would pay $1300+ for a t.v. The one I got for $350 back in 1998 still works fine for me.

  3. biggeek says:

    >I don’t get why anyone would pay $1300+ for a t.v. The one I got for $350 back in 1998 still works fine for me.

    You see there’s this thing called HDTV…

  4. SexCpotatoes says:

    I don’t get why everyone is out buying flatscreen TVs when projectors can be had for cheaper. Sure there might be longevity of the lamp… 3000 hours only gets you a year at 10 hours use a day. But who uses their TV ten hours a day? I use mine in 3 hour bursts at most, and that means 1000 days, or roughly three years, at a conservative clip. Find one that costs $700 or so, and buy two backup lamps at $150 each (though some lamps cost upwards of $200, or if you’re not smart $400 per bulb). I’m going to save up and buy myself one with the DVI input so I can use it as a computer monitor if I wish. Sure this would shorten the life of the projector lamp, but that’s what those backups are for. Movies on 100″ screen, sounds sexy to me.

  5. LintMan says:

    Yup, I just dropped $2K myself on a 40″ LCD flat panel. I’m rather appalled I spent so much, but my old 32″ CRT TV died just in time for the blowout Black Friday sales, and with the sales, $2k was about the minimum I could spend to get the size and next-gen features I wanted (ie: 1080p resolution) so I won’t be longing to upgrade in a year or two.

    SexCpotatoes: I personally had no interest in a projector because AFAIK you need special paint on your wall, or a projector screen to get a good picture, and arranging a place for the projector itself would be a hassle in our viewing arrangement.