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5 Things to Buy on Presidents Day

Televisions

Consumer site Decide.com tried to tell shoppers in November that buying a TV on Black Friday was a sucker's bet.

You're sitting on line overnight and elbowing people in the throat to get a "great" price on a third-party TV brand nobody's heard of. Shoppers will be lucky if those sets see another Christmas, never mind multiple football Sundays.

Meanwhile, new televisions arrive in the spring and stores that were unable to foist their old stock off on Super Bowl party planners are stuck with last year's dust-collecting models. Many of the arguments C-Net made two years ago about buying a TV around this time of year hold true, while Dealnet notes that prices of 55-inch and 60-inch HDTVs are the lowest they've seen in a year. Meanwhile, 3-D HDTVs that were going for more than $1,400 last year are now available for as little as $450.

-- Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore.

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Jason Notte is a reporter for TheStreet. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Esquire.com, Time Out New York, the Boston Herald, the Boston Phoenix, the Metro newspaper and the Colorado Springs Independent. He previously served as the political and global affairs editor for Metro U.S., layout editor for Boston Now, assistant news editor for the Herald News of West Paterson, N.J., editor of Go Out! Magazine in Hoboken, N.J., and copy editor and lifestyle editor at the Jersey Journal in Jersey City, N.J.
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