Each year, the evening of Thanksgiving marks the beginning of one of the largest shopping days of the year for many American households: Black Friday. Among the most popular items for the notorious Friday event are reduced-price televisions. Shoppers often camp out overnight outside electronics stores anticipating the money they'll save on the latest in television technology.
In recent years, televisions that feature plasma and liquid-crystal display, or LCD, screens have been big-ticket items a select few shoppers have been able to snag at unbelievably low prices. Plasma screen televisions contain electrically-charged ionized plasma gases in a flat panel display similar to fluorescent lamps. LCD displays are also flat-paneled, utilize the light modulating properties of liquid crystals, and are more energy-efficient than traditional CRT televisions. These TVs have a higher refresh rate, which makes for better picture quality. Other popular features shoppers look for include Wi-Fi connection, which is found in the Samsung LED model. These internet-enabled TVs allow viewers to stream content directly from the internet onto their television. The TV is able to access the internet via the owner's high-speed home internet access. Users may enjoy movies, music, and social media content on the screen of their Wi-Fi television.
As television technologies improve, the stakes will be raised even higher for Black Friday shoppers. Those who wish to prepare to grab this year's best television deals may do so by paying close attention to the websites, in-store, and newspaper advertisements of stores that sell electronics. These retailers will often advertise big ticket items a few days in advance of November's busiest and most intense shopping day. Those who are new to the post-Thanksgiving shopping event should be cautioned, however, that in order to take advantage of the most heavily discounted items, especially popular electronics like televisions, it is typically necessary to plan to sleep outside the store the night prior to the sale.
Sale participants should also exercise safety precautions as some stores have reported instances of violence among shoppers as they compete for the most popular items. The good news for shoppers who do not require a deeply discounted television is that stores often offer more modest discounts on electronics for shoppers who wish to spend Thanksgiving night at home with their families and arrive at the stores the following morning.