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    Default 12 (Hi-Tech) Items That Will Be Cheaper This Year

    12-hi-tech-items-that-will-be-cheaper-this-year: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance

    From dealnews.com, an aggregator of coupons and discounts on products across the Internet it's slogan is "where every day is Black Friday" put out a chart listing the dozen electronics items that it predicts will drop in price (and by how much) this year. As its authors point out, when it comes to buying hi-tech gear, waiting is the best policy if you want a bargain. Oh that the same was true of essentials like gas, electricity, coffee and milk. The prices were taken verified deals previously listed on the dealnews.com website.

    Wouldn't you know, I just bought a Blu-ray, Kindle and jumbo TV.

    Blu-Ray Player

    2009 Lowest: $76

    Curtis Mathes Blu-ray Disc Player from Target (NYSE: TGT - News) ($11.83 shipping)

    2010 Lowest: $50

    Samsung BD-C5500 from HP Home & Office (free shipping)

    2011 Prediction: $39

    Why?: You'll probably see a lot of Blu-Ray players bundled as extras with TVs, but you'll also see them as doorbusters and priced like crackpots.

    [See the Ten Dumbest Green Gadgets]

    Kindle eBook Reader

    2009 Lowest: $259

    Kindle 2 from Amazon.com (NasdaqGS: AMZN - News) (free shipping)

    2010 Lowest: $130

    Kindle 3 WiFi from Sobongo.com (free shipping)

    2011 Prediction: $99

    Why?: Because $99 is a major inflection point for consumer adoption, it was always the inevitable price for the Kindle. You'll pay just slightly more for newer models.

    42" HDTV

    2009 Lowest: $490

    Panasonic VIERA 42" 600Hz 720p Plasma HDTV from Best Buy ($70 shipping)

    2010 Lowest: $370

    Insignia 42" 600Hz 720p Widescreen Plasma HDTV from Best Buy (free shipping)

    2011 Prediction: $299

    Why?: Once they hit $299, 42" LCD HDTVs will destroy the waning market for 32" LCD HDTVs.

    55" HDTV

    2009 Lowest: $1,115

    LG 55" 120Hz 1080p Widescreen LCD HDTV from Fry's ($110 shipping)

    2010 Lowest: $699

    Element 55" 120Hz 1080p Widescreen LCD HDTV from Walmart (NYSE: WMT - News) (free shipping)

    2011 Prediction: $599

    Why?: 55" LCD HDTV prices are now where 46" LCD HDTVs were in 2008. So, for 2011, we're predicting what we saw for 46" in 2009.

    Wii System Bundles

    2009 Lowest: $170

    Console Bundle from Conn's (free shipping)

    2010 Lowest: $150

    Console Bundle from Best Buy (NYSE: BBY - News) ($10 shipping)

    2011 Prediction: $99

    Why?: Expect more price drops as new models come out and competition drives down prices.

    [See the 5 Top Tech Gadgets of 2010]

    16GB SD Card

    2009 Lowest: $20

    Lexar 16GB Platinum II SDHC Class 4 Card from Adorama.com (free shipping)

    2010 Lowest: $17

    Centon 16GB SDHC Secure Digital Class 4 Card from TigerDirect.com ($2 shipping)

    2011 Prediction: $12

    Why?: Yes, it'll be cheap to pick up a 16MB SD card, but that's because you'll be needing a bigger card before too long for your new, cheap SLR camera.

    Full-Size Digital SLR Camera

    2009 Lowest: $346

    Pentax K2000 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm lens from Meijer ($8 shipping)

    2010 Lowest: $319

    Canon EOS Rebel XS 10MP Digital SLR Camera w/ lens from Barnes & Noble ($5.49 shipping)

    2011 Prediction: $299

    Why?: In 2011, these high-powered cameras will start to cost what point-and-shoots cost a few years ago. Why go for ridiculously high megapixel counts in a digital camera, when you can get a great SLR instead?

    15" - 16" Dual-Core Laptop

    2009 Lowest: $299

    Dell Inspiron 15n Celeron 2.16GHz 16" Widescreen Laptop from Dell ($29 shipping)

    2010 Lowest: $218

    HP G56-127NR AMD 2.3GHz 16" Widescreen Laptop from Fry's ($8 shipping)

    2011 Prediction: $199

    Why?: Last year's $300 laptop is today's cheap grab for those who still want Computing power but want to pay what they would for a netbook or a cheap Android tablet.

    17" Dual-Core Laptop

    2009 Lowest: $450

    Acer Aspire Intel Dual Core 2.1GHz 4GB 17" Widescreen Laptop from Staples (NasdaqGS: SPLS - News) (free shipping)

    2010 Lowest: $450

    HP G71 Intel Dual Core 2.2GHz 4GB 17" Widescreen Laptop from Office Depot (NYSE: ODP - News) (in store)

    2011 Prediction: $399

    Why?: This basic desktop replacement, with a dual-core processor and at least 4GB of RAM, will drop even further in price.

    Portable GPS

    2009 Lowest: $42

    Magellan Roadmate 1200 at Toys 'R' Us ($8 shipping)

    2010 Lowest: $45

    Motorola MOTONAV 3.5" Portable GPS Navigator w/ TTS from Woot ($5 shipping)

    2011 Prediction: $40

    Why?: $40 appears to be the floor in GPS prices. As people have turned to their smartphones and in-car models, portable GPS manufacturers are desperately adding features, driving up prices for new models.

    External 2TB USB Drives

    2009 Lowest: $140

    Fantom G-Force 2TB eSATA/USB Drive from NewEgg.com (free shipping)

    2010 Lowest: $90

    Fantom Green Drive Pro 2TB eSATA/USB from Buy.com ($7 shipping)

    2011 Prediction: $50

    Why?: 2TB is the new 1TB. Upgrade to one of these and you'll never have to delete a file just to clear up room.

    iPhone 3GS

    2009 Lowest: $199

    iPhone 3GS from Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL - News) (free shipping)

    2010 Lowest: $97

    iPhone 3GS from Walmart (in store)

    2011 Prediction: $49

    Why?: This price drop is already here! For an 8GB 3GS phone in 2011, at least.

    Prices will drop for other models, but you'll likely not see the 3GS on sale new for too much longer.

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    I have a huge projection TV that we bought 8 years ago for 2K. Works like a dream and can't justify in replacing it, but it's just a huge monstrosity and takes up the whole room. But a 55" for $599? That's a price where I just may buy one.
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    What, no iPad?
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    Paid $139.00 for my kindle this morning...
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    COPPER MAGNETIC THERAPY JESUS BRACELET

    only $9.97 and so high tech they can't even begin to explain it.

    "The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge."

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    Quote Originally Posted by louiswinthorpe111 View Post
    I have a huge projection TV that we bought 8 years ago for 2K. Works like a dream and can't justify in replacing it, but it's just a huge monstrosity and takes up the whole room. But a 55" for $599? That's a price where I just may buy one.
    What I'd like to have is a 55" TV, but using LED lighting, with econo mode, instead of LCD lighting. That would dramatically reduce the amount of power consumed, while increasing the contrast ratio by several orders of magnitude. But I think LEDs are still selling at a $100 to $200 premium.

    I'm confused about the Blu-Ray player issue. It sounds like the one they are quoting is just a regular Blu-Ray player. However, what seems to be selling in most stores is a Blu-Ray player with built-in WiFi and Internet apps. The big advantage with that device is that it could be used to download NetFlix and Vudu movies, play Pandora music, view Flickr photos, and act as a web browser. Currently, these devices start at about $140, but that is with an Ethernet port, but not a WIFI attachment (which costs around $50 and up). There's a LOT of room for these devices to drop in price.

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    We have a Panasonic 55 inch LED with 3D and a Panasonic 1000 watt Blue Ray surround sound system. Got it bundled for $1200, an awesome deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aella View Post
    What, no iPad?
    I've been reading on the Huffington Post since yesterday that Apple is set to make a major announcement on March 2nd, and presumably it will be about the iPad...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moongirl View Post
    I've been reading on the Huffington Post since yesterday that Apple is set to make a major announcement on March 2nd
    it could be about steve jobs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aella View Post
    What, no iPad?
    Quote Originally Posted by fgg View Post
    it could be about steve jobs...
    They have the "press invitation" (or whatever it is called) on the site; it looks like a simple calendar page that says March 2, with a corner folded down. At the folded down corner, you can see the corner edge of (presumably) an iPad.

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