After Best Buy's Black Friday ad leaked online the other day, bargain hunters were waiting for someone at Circuit City to slip up and its ad to reach the Internet, which has finally happened. And as with other ads already unearthed, the deals aren't so hot considering the economy and—in this case—the bankruptcy filing earlier in the week.
We've seen similar prices for Samsung 720p plasmas elsewhere ($699.99 for a 42-inch model, $899.99 for a 50 incher), and while 1080p LCDs are now under $1,000 (in this case a 42-inch Panasonic and a 40-inch Sony each for $899.99), they're not I-gotta-stand-in-line prices. Circuit City also charges $200 more for a 65-inch Mitsubishi 1080p DLP set than Best Buy does for a 60-inch model. You can click here for the full Circuit City Black Friday HDTV ad prices, but online retailers will probably meet or beat these prices soon enough, and you can sleep late after packing all that turkey in.
It's clear that all of these Black Friday deals were determined when the economy was looking grim, but not cataclysmic. Rather than being the Super Bowl for bargain shoppers, the day after Thanksgiving may just be the season opener for what could get real ugly for retailers—and really enticing for those who still have the money to spend this holiday season.