1. Full-Size Digital SLR Camera
Price in 2010 $319
Price in 2011 $299
This camera is great value. Point and shoot cameras are very popular and have caused the price of these heavier type cameras to be reduced.
Price in 2010: $130
Price in 2011: $99
Because there is so much competition now in the retail market, the kindle price has dropped considerably.
Price in 2010: $699
Price in 2011: $599
The price for the 42″ and the 55″ HDTVs have been dropping for the last couple of years. The technology is getting better each year and the components cheaper. The price between the 42″ and the 55″ is very little so buyers lean towards the 55″. I expect the 42″ may be replaced by the 55″
4. Blu-Ray Player
Price in 2010: $50
Price in 2011: $39
Blue Ray is now being built into a number of tv’s and the price of the individual unit will probably come down. More than likely they will eventually become obsolete.
5. Wii System Bundles
Price in 2010: $150
Price in 2011: $99
There is so much competition out there with the Xbox, Sony Playstation and Microsoft knect is getting very popular. So the basic Wii becomes much cheaper as the demand drops.
6. 16GB SD Card
Price in 2010: $17
Price in 2011: $12
As memory cards get more powerful, the 16GB card just doesn’t stack up to the rest anymore. So the price is dropping significantly.
7. Portable GPS
Price in 2010: $45
Price in 2011: $40
Portable GPS is now built into cars or on phones and iPads, so basically they are becoming obsolete. $40 is about as low as they will probably get.
8. 15″, 16″ and 17″ Dual-Core Laptop
Price in 2010: $218,
As tablets are becoming more popular, computers are dropping in price.
It has been said that Tablets will replace the use of laptop because they are lighter and much more portable. Not so heavy to carry on the plane.
9. External 2TB USB Drives
Price in 2010: $90
Price in 2011: $50
“Technology is getting better and faster, and with all the things people are doing on computers, they need more storage, so this USB drive is less popular,” said Pinsker of dealnews.com.
10. iPhone 3GS
Price in 2010: $97
Price in 2011: $49
You can already find one from AT&T for this low price.
The iPhone 5 is reportedly coming out in April so the price of the old one of course comes down. Still a great phone and good price if you need one now.
SOURCE: Beth Pinsker, editorial director of dealnews.com.
I have just been reminded that this trek is soon to begin again for 2011. I believe it is an experience of a lifetime.
Check it out on their site. “The Great New Zealand Trek”
It is all for a good cause as well as the great experience.
You may not be able to make it this year but keep a spot in your diary for next year. I am going to try to get to NZ to do the trek next year. Tough but will be fun I am sure.
1. Save the wrapping paper that is in good condition for the next year.
2. Save all the ribbon, reusable boxes, tins, gift tags.
3. Save the Christmas cards for gift tags for the next year
4. Save those gifts given to you that you wont use. We always get some of those. Someone else may find them useful and love them. They could be body lotions, soaps, candles, books you have already read, clothing that is not quite your taste.
5. If you have had to use your credit card this Christmas, make a priority to get that paid. The bargains you bought for Christmas may not longer be a bargain once you have had to pay months of interest on your credit card.
6. As the year progresses look for bargains that will make good gifts. By the time Christmas 2011 comes along you will have bought most of your gifts and it will not seem such a financial burden and a pleasure to give. I would buy articles like sheets and pillow cases for my boys when they were young. The sheets would have boy things on them which they seem to get pleasure receiving and still have some of those sheets today. Shorts, pajamas, underwear lots of useful things that make up a pile of gifts under the Christmas tree.
7. Have a money jar, and put the coins from your wallet, if you have any, each day, in the jar. In a year you will be surprised how much money you have accumulated.