9 Things Not to Buy Before Black Friday
Year after year, the holidays arrive a little earlier, and 2017 is no exception. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, was traditionally the day retailers met their costs, with each sale propelling them further into "the black," or profits. Today, Black Friday simply means great deals. "Doorbuster" offers are designed to entice shoppers into stores, where they can batter their fellow shoppers to seize the newest must-have gadget.
How do shoppers learn about these great deals? In years past, holiday advertising circulars were published in newspapers. Then enterprising young bloggers began putting them online. Now, retailers like Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy publish news of their own sales, weeks before Black Friday ever takes place.
But perhaps you don't buy into the hype. "How much can I really save?" you wonder. Truth is, you'll need to keep tabs on opening times and lightning rounds, but deals can be had. As a result, there are a number of gadgets you shouldn't buy before Black Friday. Check out the next nine slides to get the scoop.
As footage from previous Black Friday sales might suggest, shoppers are eager for deals on massive TVs. Don't let the fact that you're only 5'2" stop you from throwing that discount 65-inch HDTV over your shoulder. You can easily save several hundred dollars at major big box retailers on sets like the Element 55-Inch Amazon Fire TV Edition. Also, 4K TVs are now increasingly more affordable, while streaming services like Netflix and Amazon have added more ultra HD content, so now is the time to buy. If you're not sure where to start, check out PCMag's roundup of the Best TVs.
Whether you're on Team Xbox, PlayStation, or Wii, there is a game for you on Black Friday. Forget about spending $60. Retailers like GameStop, Target, Walmart, Best Buy and more typically have two-for-one deals or rock-bottom sales. With all the great games arriving in the coming weeks, make sure you don't blow your whole paycheck on new titles.
While it might seem like most people have ditched traditional cameras for their phones and Instagram filters, that's not everyone's cup of tea. And Black Friday always features discounts on high-end digital cameras, affordable point-and-shoot devices, and action cams like the GoPro. This year, you can probably snag a drone alongside your action cam, too.