Why are HDTV prices rising as economy continues to struggle?

It seemed almost like an immutable law of nature: HDTV prices will start high and continue falling, quarter after quarter, year after year. But even though the economic recovery is barely sputtering along, a funny thing has happened recently to TV prices: They’re going up — and mostly have been for the last year. According to a new report from market research firm IHS iSuppli, HDTV prices have shot up 11.4 percent since the 2011 holiday season. What gives? You can thank all those fancy new bells and whistles on new sets for the cost increase. LED backlighting, larger

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