Things that will cost less in 2012

Think everything is going up in price these days? Well, think again.

Some well-loved products are expected to drop in price headed into the new year, according to dealnews.com – whether it’s because people are spending less on non-essentials or newer, better versions are coming out.

Here’s what they think will get cheaper in 2012:

  1. Apple iPad 2: The iPad 3 and Cupertino’s forthcoming tablet will most certainly bring down the price of refurbished iPad 2s.
  2. Wine: With less disposable income, folks have left wines priced at $30 and above untouched on store shelves. So to move stock, retailers are expected to offer more sales and even flash deals on wines.
  3. Desktop Replacement Laptops: Competition will keep prices low for shoppers
  4. Android Tablets: The Kindle Fire has been Amazon’s most successful product ever launched. The release of this groundbreaking tablet has, a-hem, ignited a fire among tablet manufacturers as they scramble to match Amazon’s $199 price tag. For consumers, the competition translates to better tablet bargains in 2012.
  5. Car Rentals: Gas and airfare may be going up in 2012, but car rental rates are expected to remain flat, as agencies across the country reportedly have excess cars available.
  6. eBook Readers: Each new generation of Amazon’s Kindle reader has chipped away at the eBook reader’s price tag. Assuming there’s a new Kindle in 2012, we expect to see continued price cuts on Amazon’s popular eBook reader, sending previous Kindle models into all-time low price territory.
  7. 3D HDTVs: 3D HDTVs are a tough sell. Not only are they pricier than traditional CCFL-based LCDs and standalone LED-based sets, but they also require a bigger investment as you’ll have to purchase 3D glasses, a 3D Blu-ray player, and 3D Blu-ray discs to get the most from your 3D TV. The new year will bring an influx of new 3D TVs, which means vendors will try to combat lagging sales with discounts on 2011 3D HDTV models.
  8. Home Prices: Despite record-low mortgage interest rates, United States home prices are expected to limp their way into the coming year. And with unemployment expected to remain high, 2012 is looking like it will remain a buyer’s market.

I think it’s a good list with some really popular products for consumers to take advantage of. I’m a little disappointed that game systems and games were not on the list, though – I played a little XBOX Kinect over the holiday and LOVED it, but I can’t afford to invest a good $250 in a system and games.

Oh well, there’s always 2013.

Are you excited for any of the products on this list? Or was there anything you were also disappointed not to see?

About Ashley Wislock

Business reporter focusing on retail for the York Daily Record/Sunday News. In my spare time, I'm a social media, sports, reality TV and celebrity gossip junkie. Contact me at awislock@ydr.com or 717-771-2029!
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