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12 things that will cost less in 2012

Raise a glass and drink a toast. The price of wine -- and a host of electronic gadgets -- is expected to fall this year.

By MSN Money Partner Jan 3, 2012 2:28PM

This guest post comes from Louis Ramirez at Dealnews.


Does the struggling economy, national debt, and our previous list of 11 things that will be more expensive in 2012 have you feeling down? Well, here's something to look forward to: To help counteract some of that 2012 gloom, we've gathered 12 items we predict will cost less in the coming year.


From TVs to laptops, cash-strapped shoppers should keep an eye on prices for these items; even wine might see notable discounts this year. So cheer up and read on for the good consumer news.


Apple iPad 2. The iPad 3 will not feature a significant price drop (if any at all), but one thing is guaranteed -- Cupertino's forthcoming tablet will most certainly bring down the price of refurbished iPad 2s (as the iPad 2 did for its predecessor). The iPad 3 may even cause resellers to offer more deals on new iPad 2 models as they try to move yesterday's tech to make room for Apple's latest and greatest.


Wine. Oenophiles, perk up! Wine connoisseur extraordinaire Robert Parker predicts the coming year to be the "Age of the Buyer" -- a prolonged period of time with stable or declining wine prices. With less disposable income, folks have left wines priced at $30 and above untouched on store shelves. To move stock, retailers are expected to offer more sales and even flash deals on wines. Price is also affected by industry competition, as consumers note the quality-to-price ratio from wines originating in countries like Australia, Argentina, South Africa and Chile. Aficionados should check out sites like Lot 18 for their boozy offerings.


Desktop replacement laptops. Intel's Sandy Bridge CPUs may be dominating the laptop landscape, but it's AMD's recession-friendly Fusion APUs that are driving prices down, particularly in the realm of desktop replacements. The star of the show is AMD's A Series APU, which promises better battery life, better video playback, and more affordable prices among desktop replacements. Just last week we saw systems plummet to $350, an unprecedented price low for any desktop replacement.


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. Post continues below.

Solid state drives (SSDs). The floods that hit Thailand in 2011 created a shortage of hard drives and a subsequent spike in prices. Solid state drives, however, were not affected by the flooding and while their cost per gigabyte is still higher than that of a traditional hard drive, their demand is now greater. In addition, Dealnews data show that SSD prices are steadily dropping. In 2011 the price of a 64GB SSD drive dropped 33% while the price of a 128GB drive dropped 21% -- a trend we expect will continue in 2012 as more SSDs permeate the market in place of 2.5-inch hard drives.


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. More stock and subsequent competition is thus expected to keep rental rates low throughout the new year, and we anticipate an increase in the number of discounts on car and SUV rentals.


Ebook readers. Each new generation of Amazon's Kindle reader has chipped away at the ebook reader's price tag, sometimes by as much as 61%. Assuming there's a new Kindle in 2012 -- rumor has it that an e-Ink update with video support will debut -- we expect to see continued price cuts on Amazon's popular ebook reader, sending previous Kindle models into all-time low price territory.


Apple MacBook Air refurbs. In 2011 the price of a refurbished fourth-generation 11-inch MacBook Air dropped from $849 to $699 (17%). Not bad for a notebook that's singlehandedly changing the laptop industry. Apple is bound to refresh its MacBook Air in 2012, and the new model (which would be the sixth generation) is guaranteed to drive refurb prices down even lower. Don't care for a refurb unit? In 2011 we also saw aggressive deals on new fifth-generation MacBook Airs with prices dropping from $999 to $850 (14%).


Standalone GPS units with lifetime maps. The smarter our phones get, the greater the number of gadgets they're capable of replacing. And no gadget is as close to extinction as the GPS unit. So it comes as no surprise to see manufacturers slash prices on standalone GPS units with lifetime/live maps. Dealnews data show that in 2011, units that were once fetching about $160 reached price lows of just $70.


Media streamers. We love Roku, but when Blu-ray players with built-in streaming start to cost less than the price of a Roku box, it's time for the latter to get aggressive. In order to remain relevant in 2012, media streamers (such as the Roku player and Boxee Box) must out-price Blu-ray players. We anticipate seeing more deals and lower prices on these electronics.


3-D HDTVs. 3-D TVs 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 3-D glasses, a 3-D Blu-ray player, and 3-D Blu-ray discs to get the most from your 3-D TV. In 2011, we saw prices for 55-inch 3-D televisions drop 33% from $1,499 in January to $999 in December. The new year will bring an influx of new 3-D TVs, which means vendors will try to combat lagging sales with discounts on 2011 3-D HDTV models.


Home prices. Despite record-low mortgage interest rates, U.S. home prices are expected to limp their way into the coming year. In 2011, average home prices across the country were down 3.4% (compared with the same period of August to October 2010). And with unemployment expected to remain high, 2012 is looking like it will remain a buyer's market.

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Jan 11, 2012 9:04AM
Save your money if you can. I want to see the price of BIG BOVERNMENT go down. To see that I need to see obame go down.   Good luck to all
Jan 8, 2012 12:08PM
That's a good thing for people like me who enjoy a good wine ,  BUT the author's suggestion on where to get your wine is. in my opinion is way off base,  when you add the shipping to the already high price , your paying too much, go to a good package store and you'll do a lot better.......
Jan 7, 2012 5:59PM

It's not as though the author of this article has control of the things that are projected to drop in price this year. They very well could have written "EVERYTHING THAT YOU NEED WILL DROP IN PRICE BY 100000000%!" But it wouldn't be true. This journalist was told to write an article, and did so. They can't control the economy, so stop taking it out on them.

Jan 4, 2012 1:09PM

Some of you seem to be confused - no one said this was useful. They already said at the top that this was a poor excuse at consoling you for the fact that everything is unaffordable in our transitional-fascist country.

Does the struggling economy, national debt, and our previous list of 11 things that will be more expensive in 2012 have you feeling down? Well, here's something to look forward to: To help counteract some of that 2012 gloom, we've gathered 12 items we predict will cost less in the coming year.
From TVs to laptops, cash-strapped shoppers should keep an eye on prices for these items; even wine might see notable discounts this year. So cheer up and read on for the good consumer news.

The words "You need this ****." do not appear anywhere in this article.


Anyway. Exactly the propaganda you would expect from fascism.




But no I would love it if gas stopped being 3.50 a gallon and it wasn't between 10 and 15 dollars for certain specialty groceries or even medicines.

Jan 4, 2012 12:59PM

Not true. TVs and Laptops will not cost less.


A) Moores law has inversely proportional diminishing returns, with each passing time period. The amount of technology you get for the same price this year will not be the same amount you got last year.


B) Prices as of now, though it has not been a week, beg to differ.


Major manufacturers are continuing to both release sub-par television models at the same prices as high-quality models, and - we are continuing to sell old, outdated television sets for the exact same price as newer better models.


A 46" LCD TV with a contrast ratio of 100,000:1 and a 120hz refresh rate will cost you between $700 and $1000 dollars, even after CES. A 46" LED-lit LCD (as opposed to fluorescent lit which is the old model) with 120hz or even 240hz refresh, and between 3,000,000:1 and 10,000,000:1 contrast ratio will also cost you up to $1,400. All the while, a comparable plasma with similar features can be purchased at $500 for a 46 inch or even $800 - 1000 for a 73".


Prices for electronics have absolutely no relation to anything. The prices will always be the same and tv's pretty much don't follow Moore's Law, at all.


Computer components will not cost less either - in fact, hard drive prices may increase dramatically, as many hard drive factories were underwater in Taiwan as of this week. The price of components always drops in the summer, and in the winter, and the rest of the year they are exorbitant.

Jan 4, 2012 12:35PM

WOW Steve there must be  a bunch of obama supporters on this obama supporting media one of these days they will get the sand out of their eyes and see he is just another crook in politics.


But he will keep his supporter down so they will keep voting for him to keep the entitlements flowing.

Spell check detected 2 mistake(s).


WoW  just ran spell checker the only mistakes where OBAMA , to funny



Biggest bunch of useless information I have read in a while!  Wake me up when gas prices, food prices, clothing prices, and toiletries go down...that's when I will get excited.  An apple Ipad, a 3D tv...what a useless waste of money and time!
Really is a worthless article, as many reviewers have written. And yes, all of these are not necessary items. What about groceries, gas prices or even day-to-day useful items, like child diapers, beauty products, personal hygiene products, etc?? The more I read these useless articles, the more I tend to believe that MSN money is trying to reach out the the upper class of us, the only people who actually care if IPad prices go up or down or those who actually spend lots on expensive devices....most of us are just trying to put food on the table and save what we can for our children, we could care less if an IPad is refurbished or not.
Jan 4, 2012 11:10AM

Funny (actually not so)....I immediately thought about things that would be less like: Your labor (if you can even find a job in ObummerLand), your house and your car because you cannot afford to even buy one or have a decent car. Heck, let's not forget the price for integrity and doing the right thing in politics anymore. How about honesty? Heck, all of the above are dropping. It isn't worth anything anymore.

I keep asking all those suffering out there to plan between now and the 2012 election to get out the vote. I only hope to God that we make it. (Oops.....I said "God". Isn't that also tabu in the United Socialist States of Obumma?)

Like someone said here: these  items in this article are wants and not needs. What a joke of an article. But, what would one expect from the propganda that is fed to us through the media. It is like seeing the stock market go up. That has no bearing at all on the average person. Same with this article.

Jan 4, 2012 11:09AM
An European - Why do people insist to have cable or satellite TV. I have a nice $100 antenna with a $40 amplifier and enjoy 13 free HDTV channels (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS, CW and their secondary channels). 

I barely ever watch any of those channels, if at all.

Anyhow there very few good shows on cable, the better ones are on network.

Matter of opinion.  There are a lot of people out there that watch more niche shows, and that's what cable caters to better, I think.  The channels I watch more than anything are DIY network and HGTV.  That's other than Fox Soccer and Fox Soccer Plus.

Jan 4, 2012 11:04AM
One of the most worthless stories I have read yet...................
Jan 4, 2012 10:54AM
This list is all fine and dandy but NONE of these things are a "need". They are all a "want". We all could live fine without any of the things listed. So, for people pinching every penny to pay rent or mortage and to food on the table - this list is a joke.
Jan 4, 2012 10:21AM
Why do people insist to have cable or satellite TV. I have a nice $100 antenna with a $40 amplifier and enjoy 13 free HDTV channels (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS, CW and their secondary channels). As a professional with family life I do not have time to watch more than up to 20 hours a week. On network TV you can watch NFL, MLB, some college hoops, sometimes NHL. On PBS there are educational cartoons/shows from 8am to 8pm on one of their 3 channels, that I prefer over CN or Nick. Anyhow there very few good shows on cable, the better ones are on network. If we want to watch a newly released movie than we go to Blockbuster to exchange the mailed in DVD (the cable shows we missed due to lack of cable subscription) for free (well my BB subscription it is $18/month) and watch a movie with no stupid/idiotic commercials interruption. Whenever people complain about their cable bill, I just smile... Unfortunately there is apparently a push by cable/satellite companies to end the free over the air TV. We shall all be glued to the Electronic Device to Reduce Intelligence, which will tell us what to buy, what to drink/eat, and what makes us happy. 
Jan 4, 2012 10:17AM
Apple does not need to be updating so fast.  New Ipads every year is not necessary.  Especially in this economy. Wait until next year, Apple!  You don't have to worry about Amazon.  the kindle fire cannot compete!!!!!!!!!
Jan 4, 2012 10:12AM

If the price of government would drop, then so would punishing tax rates, then so would the price of all products and service.

Jan 4, 2012 9:49AM
The price of human labor is dropping too! Just ask the corporations! Great deals!
Jan 4, 2012 4:22AM
"Seems that most of the things with lower prices are things you can live with out. I am waiting for the price of food, gas and medical care to drop.". You took the words right out of my mouth old man 76.  Don't mean s__t to me!   woopie doooo   Sleepy Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Jan 3, 2012 5:29PM
Wow!  As if we didn't know that technology would cost less.   I disagree that homes will cost less.  Just ask the people in Iowa due to the increase in real estate (corn fever).  So now we are left with wine.  So in the future with everything costing more and payroll and Social Security not really rising, now you can get a bottle of wine for a few pennies less and drink without feeling too bad.  Does that make anyone feel better?  This is stupid "journalism" at it's worst.  Here I am being kind to this author by calling it journalism.    It's garbage.
Jan 3, 2012 4:14PM

Glad the wine is going down (i don't drink it but the hubby loves it) and already figured housing would be stagnant or go down slightly. I do rent a truck once or twice a year but sure that won't be much difference

The rest is all tech stuff that i won't be buying anyway

Call me when my phone or cable bill goes down!!  That would make me happy!!

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