A deal that will be too good to refuse
If there's one thing you can always count on for Black Friday, it's a killer laptop deal. But you know what's even hotter this year? Netbooks. And value-conscious Americans are going to be scrambling over the cheapest, not the most valuable, computer offering.
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The netbook revolution really took off this year. Stores like Best Buy and Wal-Mart now have a lot of dedicated floor space for the bevy of the small computers with relatively low functionality, but with an appealing cheap price tag.
The regular retail prices of these devices already makes them attractive. You can find netbooks for around $200 without any sale or special offer. Consumers are still tight as they try to rebuild themselves after the recession, and this year's Black Friday will still be tailored to that large constituency of the population.
Therefore, it is my prediction that we'll see a netbook on sale at a major retailer for around $99. It'll get front-page billing and be the main loss leader item on sale.
We'll still, of course, have regular laptops with good deals as well as some desktops. But instead of the "water cooler" deal being a $400 or $500 laptop, it'll be a $100 netbook.
Because of their wild popularity, netbooks are reaching economies of scale now and should start coming down in price on their own, but they need some sort of big boost to really solidify their spot in the consumer electronics family.
Getting front-page notice on Black Friday will surely do that.
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