If you’ve been putting off buying a Blu-ray player because prices were too high, 2011 may be your favorite year. Same goes for shoppers craving an Amazon Kindle e-reader, a Nintendo Wii game console, or a 42-inch LCD TV. All will get fire-sale cheap this year.
That’s the word from popular bargain-hunting site Dealnews, which predicts consumers will see lower prices for a lot of tech gear–most notably Blu-ray players priced as low as $39. In an article titled “12 Things That Will Cost Less in 2011,” Dealnews editorial director Beth Pinsker reports that Blu-ray hardware is the new loss-leader: “You’ll probably see a lot of Blu-Ray players bundled as extras with TVs, but you’ll also see them as doorbusters and priced like crockpots,” Pinsker writes.