With consumers focused more than ever on getting maximum bang for their buck on their purchases, retailers responded with deep discounts. Smart shoppers were able to save hundreds of dollars on some of the most popular products by shopping around for the best deals
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Incline Village, NV (PRWEB) January 6, 2009
TechDealDigger, a deal site that helps shoppers uncover steep discounts on the most popular technology products, has released its "Best Tech Deals of 2008" list, featuring the best online deals of the 2008 holiday season. While the holiday season is usually the best time of year to find deep discounts on gadgets, the 2008 season saw even deeper discounts on electronics as retailers fought to counter the effects of weakening consumer demand.
"With consumers focused more than ever on getting maximum bang for their buck on their purchases, retailers responded with deep discounts. Smart shoppers were able to save hundreds of dollars on some of the most popular products by shopping around for the best deals," said Matt Jennings, Founder and President of TechDealDigger.com.
In determining the best deals of the holiday season, TechDealDigger considered only discounts on products that were among the top-sellers in their respective categories.
Top HDTV Deals
Samsung LN52A650 52-Inch 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV for $1,678.00 with free shipping at Frys.com
This TV was the most popular TV for online buyers this year and topped Amazon.com's (AMZN) list of best selling electronics this holiday season. Fry's deal on this TV beat the next best price available online by over $200 and beat the electronics retail chain prices by over $400.
Panasonic Viera TH-42PZ85U 42-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV for $865 with free shipping at TigerDirect (through Amazon.com)
Plasma TVs stormed back in 2008, particularly among videophiles who appreciate their superior contrast, smooth motion (without blurring) and superior black levels. This hugely popular TV was consistently rated by users as the top 42" 1080p Plasma and TigerDirect's deal blew away the competitions' best price by over $150.
Top Gaming Console Deals
Xbox 360 Pro Holiday Bundle with 60GB Hard Drive for $240 with free shipping at Dell Home
Gaming consoles are rarely discounted, so when Dell Home offered a 20% discount on in-stock consoles, shoppers snapped up the Xbox 360 Pro (with 2 included games) for just $240 -- a full $60 discount off the next best available price. The Wii may have been the hot gift this year, but the Xbox 360 outsold the PS3 by nearly 2 to 1 with discounts like this one certainly helping.
Top Blu-ray Disc Player Deals
Sony BDP-S350 1080p Blu-ray Disc Player for $150 with free shipping at SonyStyle.com
The 2008 holiday season saw the first serious discounting of Blu-ray players. Earlier in the year, retailers began featuring discount-brand DVD players for under $200, but when Sony's web store dropped the price on the most popular Blu-ray player on the market today, customers started racking up the savings. At the time of this promotion, shoppers saved 35% off the next best price available on this player.
Top Digital Camera Deals
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 12.2 Megapixel 3x Zoom Digital SLR Camera for $577 with free shipping at Dell Home & Home Office
Digital SLRs were a hot item this holiday season. Savvy shoppers who got in on this deal on the most popular Digital SLR on the market saved $75 off the best price available anywhere else.
Canon PowerShot SD880 IS 10 Megapixel Digital Camera $189 at Dell Home & Home Office
New York Times technology columnist David Pogue anointed the SD880 IS "Best Digital Camera under $300". Shoppers who picked up this deal picked it up for $189 -- $55 less than the next best price available online.
Top GPS Deals
TomTom ONE XL 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator for $99.99 with free shipping at Amazon.com
In 2007, consumers braved long lines at brick and mortar retailers hoping to score discount brand GPS units for $150. In 2008, however, consumers could find great deals online. When Amazon featured the TomTom One XL as its "Deal of the Day", buyers snapped up this popular GPS unit from TomTom saving $60 off the next best price.
Top Computer Monitor Deals
Asus VW2223B 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor for $130 with free shipping at Newegg
22" LCD displays were popular among shoppers looking for a little more screen real estate. This deal from Newegg was the lowest price of the year on a name-brand 22" LCD.
Asus VW193T 19" Widescreen LCD Monitor for $59 with free shipping at Super Warehouse
Super Warehouse dropped the price on this highly-popular 19 inch monitor by over 50% to give shoppers an early Christmas present. The monitor received solid user reviews and at $59 was the best 19" LCD bargain of the year.
Top Laptop Deals
HP dv5t 15.4" Laptop with 3GB RAM, 160 GB HDD, Core 2 Duo T5800 Processor, 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 9200M Graphics Card, Blu-Ray ROM with SuperMulti DVD+/-R/RW Double Layer for just $651 with free shipping at HP Home & Office
This was a great deal on one of the most popular laptops on the market today. This particular configuration typically retails for over $1,000, but this promotion from HP dropped the price by $400.
Dell Vostro 1510 Notebook Core 2 Duo, 15.4", 1GB RAM, 80GB HDD, CDRW/DVD, Windows Vista Home $376.00 at Dell Small Business
This holiday season saw a number of sub-$400 laptops, but this particular model was the lowest-price of the year on a laptop with a Core 2 Duo processor.
Jennings offered bargain hunters advice for scoring the best deals. "Sites like TechDealDigger, which alert shoppers to deep discounts on the most popular tech products, help shoppers find hot deals as soon as they go live. Do your research ahead of time and narrow your focus to a handful of models or features that are important to you. Then, set up an email alert on one of the deal sites to notify you as soon as a deal is posted that match your criteria. The best deals go fast, you need to be able to act quickly. Email alerts can give you a head start on other shoppers."
Shoppers can browse current discounts on electronics and computers at http://www.techdealdigger.com.
TechDealDigger.com is a new kind of deals site devoted to identifying and organizing the hottest technology deals every day for consumers. The service is unique in that, rather than providing an unfiltered repository of every deal, it highlights only the best deals on the most popular products. By tracking prices on thousands of products across hundreds of retailers, TechDealDigger helps shoppers get the technology products they want while ensuring they get the absolute best price available.