Someone Posted Black Friday TV Prices for All Major Retailers and the Data is Fascinating
Last week we shared what we thought were some of the best TV deals out there for Black Friday. And while we stand by the items listed in that slideshow, we just got a whole trove of data that should make the task of finding the “best Black Friday TV deal” a bit easier.
Someone shared on Reddit over the weekend a spreadsheet with all of the TV deals for six different retail outlets—Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Kohl’s, and Newegg—and after going through it, we’ve found some really interesting data trends.
For starters, it’s clear that there’s a demand from consumers for TVs in the 50-inch to 65-inch range, and manufacturers and retailers are taking advantage of that fact. While there are some great sales on TVs that fall into that range, the price of TVs for sale this year skyrockets once you pass the 49-inch range at a rather exponential rate.
4K has also come into the forefront this year. While it’s been in the market for the past few years, 2016 sees the tipping point arrive with more 4K sets on sale. Of the 65 total TVs advertised, 37 are 4K sets. HDR, on the other hand, hasn’t quite made it into the mainstream market—just six TVs advertised this year come with the technology, and all are available only at Best Buy.
What’s more, it’s clear that retailers are pushing the two biggest brands in TVs this year: Samsung and LG. The two brands represent 44 of the 65 total TVs on sale this year.
But let’s talk dollars, because at the end of the day that’s what matters to consumers. How much are they going to have to spend to get that gorgeous, extra large flatscreen into their living room? And where are the best deals going to be found?
One of the stats that I love to use to help determine where you can get the most bang for your buck is the Price Per Inch model. Granted, there are a few different factors that still need to come into play—like resolution and whether it’s a connected TV or not—PPI does a pretty good job telling you just how good of a deal you’re getting. So, I dissected PPI based on a few different factors, and here’s what I found:
- By store, Kohl’s scored best in overall PPI with $6.45/in; Sam’s Club was the highest at $18.60/in.
- This shouldn’t be a big shocker, but the higher the resolution of the TV, the more the consumer pays: 4K TVs average $13.45/in; 1080p averages $6.33/in; and 720p averages $3.87/in.
- By brand, Sony—which has three TVs in total, all above 55-inches—on the list comes in at the highest PPI ($23.74/in) by more than double. Samsung ($11.92/in) ranks second, followed by Hitachi ($9.22), LG ($8.27), and Vizio ($8.04).
- If you’re looking at PPI by connected vs. non-connected TVs, “smart TVs” come in t $11.54/in while “dumb TVs” average $5.60/in.
But where’s the best value. Well, looking back at our list, the best value TVs were listed among the 12 we called out: Walmart’s 55-inch Philips 4K Smart TV for $298, the 55-inch Sharp 1080p Smart TV at Best Buy, and the 49-inch Toshiba 4K Smart TV for $199 at Best Buy. On the opposite side of the spectrum, there are a couple of “deals” that consumers should definitely avoid—and that retailers can point to and use to their advantage when trying to entice consumers to come into their stores. They are: a pair of 40-inch Samsung 1080p TVs at Kohl’s for $349.99 and $329.99, Samsung’s 55-inch 4K Smart TV at Best Buy, which is listed for just under $1,000 (it is an HDR set, however), and Samsung’s 70-inch 4K not-smart TV (and no HDR) at Sam’s Club listed for $1,248.
Here’s a look at the entire data set, which you can play around with and sort: