10 Things to Buy and 10 Things to Skip on Black Friday
Black Friday ads and promotions are designed to create urgency among holiday shoppers. The annual sales event does bring some of the "lowest prices of the year" on many popular gifts -- but not as many as you might think. Some seasonal goodies and other items will see bigger price cuts down the line. Use this guide to zero in on the products worth an early start on Black Friday and those you can pass on by.
TV sales helped make Black Friday such a huge event in the first place. This year ultra-HD 4K TVs are seeing unprecedented price drops and, in the face of this new technology, HDTVs with 1080p resolution will be marked even lower than past Black Fridays. Many of the best deals are expected on off-brand TVs, but discounts on popular name brands are popping up as well. For instance, a Samsung 50-inch 4K smart TV will be available for $398 at Walmart, Target, and Best Buy. That's $175 off the current low price.
If a store is closed on Thanksgiving Day or the line is sure to be miles long line, browse online. Some stores that close on Thanksgiving are releasing online doorbusters (hello, Office Depot), while other retailers are offering many of the same deals available in stores for those who prefer to shop from the comfort of home that day.
While booking hotels and resorts on Black Friday can get travelers a good rate, cruises and airfare aren't the best deals. Some price cuts on plane tickets are possible but haven't been noteworthy in past years. Cruise lines may give up a deposit or let kids sail free, but again, prior deals don't stand out in any way.
The iconic consumer electronics company rarely mounts sales -- except on Black Friday. That said, the showing historically has been lackluster. Don't be drawn in. Instead, head to major retailers that carry consumer electronics, where products may be discounted or paired with a valuable gift card.