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Good news: Some tech stuff will actually be cheaper in 2013

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If you’re feeling blue after reading about America’s poor economy, the fiscal cliff and the looming debt ceiling, this piece might cheer you up.

There’s a good chance some things you know and love will actually cost you less in 2013. Whether you need them or not – and, really, please give that question some thought – products such as HDTVs and video games could likely be cheaper this year than they were in 2012. So says a recent piece in dealnews.com.
The following five tech items are our favorite picks for bargains in 2013.

1. 60” HDTVs
As I wrote in a recent piece about tech flops, forget about 3D TVs.
Size and picture quality are what matters, as does price. In 2012 you could get a great 60” 1080P HDTV for under a grand. I bought a 60” Samsung Plasma and I’ve been grinning ever since. At least until I heard that the 60” sweet spot will get even sweeter in 2013. If you’ve been waiting for the right time to buy that big set, the time is now – especially with the Super Bowl coming up.

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2. Gaming
We showed you the $99 Ouya console in a recent Digital Crave post.
If it takes off this spring, and all indicators say it will, the video game industry will move quickly to catch up and respond to consumer demand for inexpensive gaming. And, as dealnews.com points out, Valve is working on a Steam Box console. If you’re already used to getting great deals on the Steam service, imagine having a console in your living room that runs cheap, cloud-based games. Game on.

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3. eBook pricing
In 2012, the Justice Department sued five major publishers and Apple over eBook price-fixing charges. Dealnews.com said Amazon went on to refund customers for some past eBook purchases.

Amazon also promised to discount Kindle books. They did, and now everyone who likes to read via Kindle or tablet can do so for a little cheaper than they did in 2012.

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4. Hard drives
If 2012 was a tough year for the hard drive industry – with few deals and high prices – 2013 may be the year things turn around. For instance, right now you can buy a Toshiba Canvio Basics 1.5TB Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for $89.99 with free shipping from Best Buy. That’s a savings of $20 and costs only six cents per gigabyte.

Dealnews.com reports that November of 2011 saw only a handful of deals on 1TB external hard drives. This past November, that number more than doubled. The quality of the deals also improved with prices roughly 33% lower. They anticipate this trend to continue through 2013.

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5. Microsoft Surface RT
We recently told you about Microsoft selling its Surface RT tablet at Best Buy.

That means your chances of getting a deal on one of these things just went up. It’s just a matter of time before the Surface Pro tablet drops this month. When it does, expect the RT price to drop as well.

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