There'll be no mystery about Black Friday deals this year. Following the release of the Walmart Black Friday ad earlier in the week, we've now been given access to Best Buy and Target's circulars. So how do the HDTV deals from these retailers compare to the ones Walmart will be offering?
While Walmart relies on lesser-tied brands like Emerson for some of its low prices, Best Buy's best deal features a major brand: Its top doorbuster sale is a 42-inch 1080p Sharp LCD TV for just $199.99. (Another doorbuster is a Toshiba Blu-ray player for a mere $39.99.) That beats the 40-inch Element LCD that Target is offering for $265. Target does have a 46-inch Westinghouse LCD set for $298. Neither of those prices will require you to be at the store at opening, as Best Buy doorbusters will.
Of course, with Target being a general retailer, it has only one other Black Friday TV deal: the 32-inch Samsung LN32D403 for $277.99, which is about $50 less than what Amazon is selling it for now. Best Buy, on the other hand, has numerous sales, including the same Samsung 32-inch for the same price. It also is offering Panasonic plasma deals, unlike Walmart, which has a couple of Samsung plasma specials. The 46-inch 720p TC-P46X3 will be $399.99, and the 50-inch 1080p TC-P50S30 will run $599.99.
There are also a number of LED-backlit LCD TVs in Best Buy's Black Friday ad. The 32-inch Samsung UN32D4003 is $347.99, the 42-inch LG 42LV4400 is $549.99, and a 55-inch Samsung set is $999.99. If you're willing to spend more, you can get a 46-inch Sony Bravia KDL46NX720 bundled with a 1,000-watt home theater system with built-in Wi-Fi for $1,399.99; a 55-inch Bravia KDL55NX720 comes in the same bundle for $1,599.99.
If screen size is more important than LED backlighting, Best Buy has a 55-inch 120Hz Dynex DX-55L150A11 for $599.99 or a 60-inch 120Hz Sharp Aquos LC60E79U for $799.99. Other LCD deals include a 40-inch Samsung for $427.99 and a 46-inch 120Hz Insignia NS-46L780A12 (Best Buy's house brand) for $499.99.
Where Target seems to have Best Buy and Walmart beat is with its prices on base models of video game consoles. It's offering a 4GB Xbox 360 for a mere $139.99 and a 160GB PlayStation 3 for $199. In comparison, Best Buy has a 250GB Xbox 360 with Fable III and Halo Reach for $199.99, while Walmart's 160GB PlayStation 3 deal is 96 cents more than Target's. However, it does have two interesting Xbox 360 bundles for under $200: a 4GB version with Gears of War 3 and a $50 Walmart gift card for $199, and a 4GB version with Kinect and a $50 Walmart gift card for $199.96.
Now that the biggest retailers have announced their Black Friday HDTV deals, where do you plan to shop if you're buying a new television for the holidays? One of these stores, or online? Let us know in the Talkback section.