It’s easy to get caught up in the spirit of Black Friday – the busy shopping day after Thanksgiving. You’re in the mindset to spend—and retailers count on that to lure you in with door-buster prices, hoping you’ll buy a lot more while you’re there. However, sometimes the offers are not as good as they seem.
It is best to avoid certain product categories on Black Friday. And the team at DealNews has advice on what you should avoid (and for how long). Here are some things you’re better off skipping.
Televisions — well, some of them
There are some great deals on some name brand TVs on Black Friday. There are also special offers on off-brands. They are the ones you are better off avoiding. Televisions are an expensive enough product that it makes sense to get a big name brand, as the quality is generally better. Missed out on today’s best deals? Wait until late January/early February, when they usually go back on sale at comparable or better prices.
If you’re looking for one of the red-hot items of the year, definitely buy it if you see it. But if you’re simply shopping for random toys, Black Friday isn’t the best time to buy them, despite the sales. There’s a good chance you’ll find a better price closer to Christmas.
It’s tempting to buy makeup when you’re already at a big box store like Macy’s, but the Black Friday deals aren’t usually great. Cyber Monday generally has better discounts, says DealNews. And more stores will offer them.
While there are some bargains for people looking to get into the holiday spirit, it’s best to wait until just before—or even better, after—Christmas. That’s when prices really drop and you can stock up for the 2023 holidays.
Mom or Dad might want a workout, but the holidays aren’t the time for maximum savings. Prices tend to be lower closer to Father’s Day. There are some savings at the end of the year, but if it’s a gift that can wait, consider starting your shopping a little earlier next year.
Sofas and other big-ticket furniture aren’t common holiday gifts. Chances are you’ll save money if you can hold off until President’s Day or Memorial Day. The occasional deal you see on Black Friday (or the entire holiday season) usually won’t be the best.
Almost everything from small businesses
Let’s be clear: We’re not saying we don’t support local merchants. Just wait a day. Small Business Saturday is November 26 – and that’s when small businesses are more common.
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