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]