There may be no better time to buy a TV. Retailers are eager to clear out their inventories of 2010 models to make way for the 2011 models that are just starting to ship. So there are huge discounts available, from 35% to 58% off retail, for some of last year's best TVs.
And if you're worried about not having the "latest" technology, don't be. Except for some of the high-end models, most of the technology improvements for 2011 are minor.
Our friend Gary Merson, over at HD Guru, put together a list of his picks for the best TV deals currently available on Amazon. Gary's the guy we go to when we have questions about TV technology—he really knows his stuff.
Gary found that the best deals are on the leftover 2010 3D Ready 240 Hz LED and plasmas from LG, Panasonic, Samsung and Toshiba. Keep in mind, 3D TVs make the best 2D images, so even if you don’t intend to use the feature, you’ll be getting a fantastic 2D TV.
If you buy a TV sold directly by Amazon, you'll get free shipping as well (and maybe even save sales tax, depending what state you live in). The prices below are correct as of posting, and include free shipping, but may change at any time.
Panasonic VIERA TC-P42G25 42-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV $714.88 35% off (Vann's via Amazon)
Panasonic VIERA TC-P50GT25 50-inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV$999.98 52% off
Panasonic VIERA TC-P42GT25 42-inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV$799.98 53% off
Panasonic TC-L42U25 42-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LCD HDTV $549.98 39% off
LG 47LE5400 47-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LED HDTV with Internet Applications$949.99 44% off (Paul's TV via Amazon)
Samsung UN46C6300 46-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LED HDTV$944.98 44% off
Samsung UN55C8000 55-Inch 1080p 240 Hz 3D LED HDTV$2046.98 41% off
LG 55LX6500 55-Inch 3D 1080p 240 Hz LED Plus LCD HDTV with Internet Applications$1499.00 58% off (Vann's via Amazon)
Samsung UN46C8000 46-Inch 1080p 3D 240 Hz LED HDTV$1465.88 47% off
Toshiba 46WX800 46-Inch 1080p 240 Hz Cinema Series 3D LED TV$1199.99 54% off
2 pair Free 3D Glasses and 3D Blu-ray player with the purchase of the Toshiba 46-inch 46WX800
Toshiba 55WX800U 55-Inch 1080p 240 Hz Cinema Series 3D LED TV$1499.99 55% off
2 Pair Free 3D Toshiba Glasses with purchase of the Toshiba 55-inch 55WX800