The DealNews Black Friday Predictions for 2011

By Lindsay Sakraida, Louis Ramirez, and Daniel de Grandpre

Your mind may still be swimming with thoughts of summer vacations and relaxing by the pool, but it's time to snap out of it. The holiday season is right around the corner, and you've got some serious work to do. Black Friday is less than 70 days away, and we all know that the best way to make the most of the savings is to be prepared. So we're kicking off the holidays early at dealnews with our fourth annual Black Friday deal predictions, compiled by our expert staff.

Three quick clarifications before we start prognosticating. First, these are predictions of the best deals for the Black Friday season. They're the lowest of the lows, not averages. (See our Methodology section on the last page.) Second, some of these deals will involve mail-in rebates. However, the good news is that most won't. Best Buy, OfficeMax, and Walmart have long given up on mail-in rebates after numerous customer complaints. Third, we're predicting that these deals occur during "Black Friday Season," a dealnews euphemism for mid-November to Cyber Monday.

Now, on to the predictions!

DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).


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Lindsay Sakraida (DealNews)
Are you specifically interested in LED-based TVs, or just curious about standard 55" models? Our prediction for the latter is that they'll drop to $549 during Black Friday weekend. 
What about predictions for a 55" LED HDTV? Don't need 3D or smart TV features. Wonder what low price predictions for those on BF? Any ideas?
I agree that the deals start before true Black Friday.  The Black Friday site  tp://  [/url] posts deals before, during and after Black Friday.
Love the predictions.  And we all know retailers want to sell, sell, sell.  So I subscribe to  p:// [/url because they post deals before, during and after Black Friday from appx 100 stores.