This might surprise you, but Black Friday isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Shoppers assume Black Friday is the perfect time to find deals, but for many items, you’re mistaken. Savvy shoppers know Black Friday isn’t the best way to score a deal, especially on certain items.
Here are 13 items that you should never buy on Black Friday.
Although it might seem like a great deal, these off-brand televisions are lower quality than their name-brand counterparts. This means off-brand TVs likely won’t last as long, requiring the purchase of another television quicker.
While you may see discounts on high-end cameras, you will likely see bigger discounts closer to the new year as stores are eager to sell older models to make room for new releases.
Appliances are another popular Black Friday purchase, but it’s important to research before buying. Many appliances are on sale throughout the year, so you may be able to find a better deal at another time. Additionally, some retailers may offer extended warranties on appliances purchased on Black Friday, but be sure to read the fine print before you buy.
Hint: I’m usually not a fan of buying extended warranties. Instead, set some money aside in a savings account to fund your “Oops, it broke/isn’t working” fund.
Furniture is another item that is often on sale on Black Friday. However, it’s important to remember that furniture is a big investment, and you should choose pieces you love that will last. If you’re unsure what you want, it’s best to wait until you are before you buy.
Black Friday is popular for jewelry. However, it’s important to be careful when buying jewelry on Black Friday. Some retailers may sell jewelry that is made with lower-quality materials, or that is not worth the price.
Toys are a popular Black Friday purchase, but it’s important to know that some toys may be unsafe. Be sure to read the safety labels carefully before buying toys for your children.
Gift cards are a convenient way to give someone a gift, but they can also be expensive. If you’re buying gift cards on Black Friday, be sure to compare prices and look for deals. Additionally, some retailers may charge activation fees on gift cards, so be sure to factor that into your budget.
Extended warranties are often offered on Black Friday but may not be worth the price. Many products come with a standard warranty, and extended warranties may not cover all types of damage. Be sure to read the fine print before you purchase an extended warranty.
Also, remember that many credit cards cover items you buy with the card.
They are often advertised on Black Friday but may not be the best deal. Be sure to compare prices and read the reviews before you buy anything on a doorbuster deal.
Items you don’t need
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of Black Friday and buy things you don’t need. Be sure to make a list of the things you want to buy before you go shopping and stick to your budget.
Items that are on sale year-round
Some items are on sale year-round, so there’s no need to wait for Black Friday to buy them. If you see an item you want on sale on Black Friday, compare the price to other retailers and see if you can find a better deal.
Items that are not worth the hassle
Some items are not worth the hassle of buying on Black Friday. For example, if you’re buying a large TV or appliance, you may have to wait in long lines and deal with large crowds. If you’re unsure if an item is worth the hassle, it’s best to wait until after Black Friday to buy it.
Items you can’t afford
It’s important to stick to your budget when shopping on Black Friday. I don’t care how good the deal seems; don’t go into debt just to buy something on sale. If you can’t afford an item, it’s best to wait until you can afford it to buy it.