What's the Best Price You Can Expect for a Blu-ray or 3D Blu-ray Disc Player?

By Louis Ramirez, dealnews senior feature writer

Since their introduction, prices on Blu-ray disc players have dropped significantly. And, with the debut of 3D models, we saw prices for standard Blu-ray players dip even lower. So what's the magic price point you should look for when shopping around? We took a look at every Blu-ray player deal we've listed in the past year to find out.

For most of 2010, standalone Blu-ray disc player deals fluctuated in the $50 to $100 range. As expected, Black Friday and Christmas ushered in the best deals, with prices dropping to an all-time low of $50.

In March of 2010, we posted our first 3D Blu-ray disc player deal (not shown on the chart), which debuted at $189. However, by the end of 2010, prices on 3D players had dropped by as much as 48%, and for the past nine months deals on 3D Blu-ray players have remained under $150. In fact, in June we saw a 3D Blu-ray player that was only $5 more than the best deal for a standard Blu-ray player that month.

So what's a budget-minded home theater junkie to do? As far as Blu-ray players go, anything near or below the $50 mark is a steal. 3D systems (which are mainly beneficial to owners of 3D HDTVs) have dropped as low as $89, so any 3D player below $100 is also a good general target.

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This data is based on deals listed on dealnews.com, which represent low points, not averages. Shipping prices (where applicable) were factored into the pricing in our data.

An avid gadget lover, Louis Ramirez has covered technology for Gizmodo, CNET, Laptop, and various other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @LouisRamirez. You can also sign up for an email alert for all dealnews features.
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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