Black Friday ads and promotions are designed to create urgency among holiday shoppers. The day after Thanksgiving does bring some of the "lowest prices of the year" on many popular gifts -- but not all. Some seasonal goodies and other items will see bigger price cuts down the line. Use this guide to zero in on the product categories worth an early start on Black Friday and those you can pass on by.
This should come as no surprise; TV sales helped make Black Friday a huge event in the first place. HDTVs with 1080p resolution, especially those in the 29- to 60-inch classes, are must-buy items every year on Black Friday. This year 4K ultra-high-definition screens are also appearing in ads. Many of the best Black Friday deals are expected on off-brand TVs, but deals on popular brands such as Samsung are popping up as well.
DealNews notes that years past have presented money-saving deals on tea and wine, product categories not typically associated with Black Friday. We're talking big names such as Teavana and nationally distributed wine labels. If a tea or wine connoisseur is on your list this year, keep an eye out for excellent discounts, especially online.
If you think about it, this one is a no-brainer. Buying clothing at the height of the season is never a good deal, and that includes sweaters, jackets, boots, and mittens on Black Friday. The challenge here is to ignore the sales hype and avoid falling into the trap of thinking that every Black Friday deal must be claimed. Wait for prices to drop to rock bottom in January and February.
The iconic consumer electronics company doesn't usually mount sales except on Black Friday. That said, the Apple Store's efforts historically have been lackluster -- which hasn't stopped shoppers from going crazy. Truth be told, the best Black Friday deals on Apple products will be found at retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart, and Target, where products may be discounted or paired with a valuable gift card that beats the 10 percent or so typically marked off merchandise from the Apple Store.
Who doesn't want to wake up Christmas morning and find something sparkly under the tree? This makes the demand for baubles climb during the holiday season, which only keeps prices high. Cheapism has spotted a few Black Friday deals behind department-store fine-jewelry counters, but don't expect many glittery promotions. Jewelers don't need to offer discounts to drum up business during the holiday rush.