5 Things to Buy on Black Friday (and 5 Things to Skip)
Black Friday shopping involves three constants: You, a lengthy line of strangers and a shopping list that—come hell or high water—you will get through, no matter how much coffee (or elbow throwing) it takes. But before you impulsively spend all your hard-earned cash, listen up: According to the experts at DealNews, there are five items worth investing in the day after Thanksgiving—and five you’re better off skipping.
Buy: 4K TVs
Of all the items that go on sale on Black Friday, TVs tend to be the most sought-after. Retailers consistently drop television prices to draw in shoppers, and you'll usually see the best offers of the year on this day. Still, the type of TV you’re looking to buy matters. This year, you can expect to score the biggest savings on 4K sets with some doorbuster deals as low as $170, but prices will likely be in the $200 to $400 range.
Buy: Kitchen Items
From cookware to small appliances, you'll find big discounts on kitchen necessities come November. On Black Friday, Amazon, Macy's and Bed Bath and Beyond will be the prime spot for top deals on items like Instant Pots, Nespresso machines and Kitchenaid mixers. Also worth snapping up: Everyday culinary essentials like Pyrex kitchenware or 10- to 13-piece cookware sets.
Buy: Budget-Friendly Laptops
You’ll find the best deals on more basic builds. For example, in previous years, Best Buy's doorbuster sale offered $300 off Microsoft Surface laptops and you can expect more of the same savings this year.
Skip: Fitness Equipment
As tempting as it is to arm yourself with a treadmill (or stationary bike) to counteract the calories gained during the holiday season, you’re actually much better off waiting until January, when the deals match your New Year's resolutions.
Black Friday will have a handful of special offers on tools, but you’ll actually see deeper discounts—and much more variety—in December.
Valentine’s Day is the best time to score marked down jewels (up to 60 percent off), so if you can hold out for that rose-gold pendant necklace…do.
Skip: 1080p TVs
It’s not that the deals on 1080p TVs won’t be good, but remember the discounts on 4K TVs we told you about? On Black Friday, they’ll pretty much match the cost of a 1080p TV, which means that even if you don’t care about 4K content right now, you might as well go with the “better” option since the cost is roughly the same.
Skip: High-End Laptops
We repeat: Black Friday is all about the bargain tech. When it comes to high-performance machines (we’re looking at you, Apple), it’s better to time your investment with the release of a new model or back-to-school discount.