Prices Holding Steady

If Santa didn’t put a flat screen in your stocking, you don’t need to cry or pout, as the good prices on LCD and plasma HDTVs seem to be hanging around like the extra pounds gained from holiday cheer. I’ve checked a couple price watch sites, and conducted my own unscientific scan of a stack of sales flyers I have here that date back to early November. The bottom line is that it appears that stores have held the advertised prices steady for the past couple of months. The fact that they have not gone down indicates that they may not be too desperate to move merchandise, but the fact that they haven’t gone up would suggest that they are still looking to make a couple sales.

This week should be a good time to try and make a deal. I expect that your local WalMart may not have a lot of leeway to bargain with you, but it’s worth a shot at the electronics and big box stores. They’ll be trying to round out the end of year sales totals, and you may be able to end the year with a little extra savings.

P.S. You would have to have been particularly naughty this year if you hope to have Santa still pay for your new TV. At about $50 a ton on the spot market, you’d need to have earned at least 20,000 pounds of coal to have enough to trade for a 42″ LCD.