There’s inflation and cost-of-living squeezes going on all over the place, but one of the (relatively) positives to this has been the affordable prices of TVs – given LCD’s continued price drops, the potential for super-cheap TVs later this year. year means people trying to keep their budgets low can still get a great new 4K TV within their price range if they need to.
Except this could backfire on a part of the market, apparently. ONE report on Digitimes (opens in new tab) says Chinese LCD panel makers (which are a big part of the market, though they certainly don’t have a monopoly on it) are considering raising prices for 32-inch TV panels next year.
The best 32-inch TVs are popular not only for bedrooms and offices, but also for students and young people with small spaces, and for seniors who may also have limited space but also may not be comfortable with the larger screen TVs. that the industry guides most people today.
In the case of younger and older people, we are talking about those who are most likely to have an inflexible income – fixed pensions, or the generally inadequate wages that so many teenagers and young adults receive today.
So a potential rise in the price of small TVs that are most useful to these people would be a blow, just when they too will be bitten by rising winter energy bills.
This means that anyone considering this type of TV in the future might want to take a closer look at the Black Friday TV deals (and the sales season around it) this year, because if the Digitimes report is correct, new models will be available. launched in 2023 may start from higher prices.
TV deals will likely not be restricted to Black Friday – according to Adobe statistics, the biggest average TV discounts were found in early December of last year, although the average Black Friday discount itself was almost as big. It just means that if you can’t find something in the Black Friday deals, it’s not the end; you can still find it right after.