Since their introduction, prices on Blu-ray disc players have dropped significantly. And, with the debut of 3D models, we saw prices for standard Blu-ray players dip even lower. So what's the magic price point you should look for when shopping around? We took a look at every Blu-ray player deal we've listed in the past year to find out.
For most of 2010, standalone Blu-ray disc player deals fluctuated in the $50 to $100 range. As expected, Black Friday and Christmas ushered in the best deals, with prices dropping to an all-time low of $50.
In March of 2010, we posted our first 3D Blu-ray disc player deal (not shown on the chart), which debuted at $189. However, by the end of 2010, prices on 3D players had dropped by as much as 48%, and for the past nine months deals on 3D Blu-ray players have remained under $150. In fact, in June we saw a 3D Blu-ray player that was only $5 more than the best deal for a standard Blu-ray player that month.
So what's a budget-minded home theater junkie to do? As far as Blu-ray players go, anything near or below the $50 mark is a steal. 3D systems (which are mainly beneficial to owners of 3D HDTVs) have dropped as low as $89, so any 3D player below $100 is also a good general target.
This data is based on deals listed on dealnews.com, which represent low points, not averages. Shipping prices (where applicable) were factored into the pricing in our data.