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The struggling economy not only affects food and gas prices, but the ability to purchase the less essential items such as HDTVs. However, while some sizes of the high-def screens are not as popular as before, others still continue to sell.
The 30- to 34-inch and 49- to 45-inch ranges of HDTVs dropped in sales, according to research from Pacific Media Associates, but the 40- to 44-inch sets slightly increased. Also, screens over 50-inches big held steady. A research associate says this may be because individuals who paid nearly $5,000 for a 40-inch five years ago would see the price of upgrading to a 50-inch today as a good deal.
While the prices of HDTVs have dropped significantly (40-inch today costs around $1,200), the prices are still quite hefty. But the investment is in the quality and HDTV does provide an experience like no other. Well, of course, other than actually being there. [The New York Times]