The best Black Friday 2010 HDTV deal yet: $298 Panasonic 42-inch 1080p plasma at Buy.com

Finally, a Black Friday HDTV sale that's worth getting up in the middle of the night for. Buy.

Finally, a Black Friday HDTV sale that's worth getting up in the middle of the night for. Buy.com will be offering the Panasonic TC-P42U2 42-inch 1080p plasma for just $298 (plus free shipping) -- roughly $250 less than it's being sold for everywhere else online.

This easily blows any other Black Friday deal I've seen so far on TVs out of the water. The Panasonic plasma will provide superior picture quality compared to the $298 40-inch 1080p Westinghouse LCD that Target is offering. Another plus is the 1080p resolution, especially considering that the Buy.com deal is more than $100 cheaper than Panasonic's 720p 42-inch plasma, the TC-P42C2, is selling for. The U2 series is a bit feature-poor compared to the S2 series, but, hey, can't complain too much for $300.

You won't find any indication of the deal on Buy.com until it becomes available an hour or two after Thanksgiving turns to Black Friday on the West Coast, according to a company spokesperson. More HDTV deals will be available on Buy.com on Friday, but the spokesperson didn't want to disclose any specifics. The site will be hard-pressed to top this one, though.

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