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Walmart and Vizio kick off Black Friday a few weeks early

Ben Drawbaugh

We don't know what's crazier, the fact that each year the Black Friday sales get started earlier and earlier, or the fact that LCDs are down right cheap these days. Seems like just yesterday that we paid $4000 for a 30-inch LCD TV -- still in service, although very wavy -- and this weekend you can pick up a Vizo 32-inch at Walmart for $298! But yeah, these days 32-inch is small so you might as well step up and get the 55-inch version for $898 (full list of models on sale after the break). Of course if you're persuaded by the mighty Kenny Powers, then you'll get a 2D Sony TV instead -- those not offended by profanity should search YouTube for powers vizio.

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Walmart Kicks Off Early Savings this Holiday Season with Incredible Prices on Top Consumer Electronics Gifts

Retailer Provides Families with Savings on a Vizio 26" LED TV for $198, a $288 Laptop and a $50 Gift Card on One of the Hottest Video Game Bundles

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Nov. 2, 2010 – Focused on bringing families a holiday season full of entertainment for less, Walmart (NYSE: WMT) today announced "The Amazing Walmart Electronics Event" with great savings on the season's favorite consumer electronics gifts. Beginning on Saturday, Nov. 6 1, Walmart stores and will offer incredible prices on a full line of Vizio HDTVs, a Compaq laptop and a Sony PlayStation 3 Move Bundle.
Recent research from the Consumer Electronics Association2 shows that shoppers will spend more on consumer electronics gifts this holiday season than ever before, and 32 percent of consumers plan to start shopping for these gifts in November. Video game consoles and laptops were among the top five presents that consumers will be giving this year.

"We know our customers are starting their holiday shopping now, and they are looking for consumer electronics gifts that the entire family can enjoy together," said Gary Severson, senior vice president of Entertainment, Walmart U.S. "This is the first of many holiday savings events around the hottest consumer electronics gifts, and we are committed to continuing to offer families incredible savings on the best gifts they want throughout the entire holiday season."

"The Amazing Walmart Electronics Event" begins at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 through Nov. 7 or while supplies last. The majority of these prices will also be available on Online times may vary.

No matter the living room size, Walmart stores and offer HDTVs so families can enjoy favorite holiday movies together throughout the entire season.

· 26" Vizio LED HDTV (720p model) was $298, now $198* ($100 savings)

· 32" Vizio LCD HDTV (720p model) was $348, now $298* ($50 savings)

· 42" Vizio LCD HDTV (1080p model) was $548, now $498* ($50 savings)

· 47" Vizio LCD HDTV (1080p model, 120Hz refresh rate) was $798, now $698* ($100 savings)

· 55" Vizio LCD HDTV (1080p model, 120Hz refresh rate) was $1,098, now $898* ($200 savings)

For parents wanting to purchase a new laptop for their children, Walmart offers a 2GB RAM, 250GB Hard Drive, Intel Celeron laptop for less than $300.

· Compaq 15.6" Laptop at $288

Video Games:
Families looking to get their game on this holiday season can purchase a special PlayStation 3 bundle.

· Sony PlayStation 3 320 GB Console with Move Bundle (includes PlayStation Eye camera, PlayStation Move controller and Sports Champions), $399 plus $50 Walmart or Gift Card*

Music loving moms can start stocking her kids' stockings early with a $50 iTunes Gift Card3 from Walmart, available for $35 while supplies last. Limit two per customer.

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