Black Friday deals are already starting for the 2015 holiday season. Black Friday deals are usually doorbusters, blockbusters and money savers. But there are things you should not buy on Black Friday.
That includes toys and clothing, because their prices drop closer to Christmas and Hanukah, meaning toys and clothing usually cost less than they are on Black Friday. But some super-hot items may be sold out.
And don’t forget about Small Business Saturday, a nationwide effort to shop local, not national chains, and help the independent store owner and restaurant owner.
Here’s a list of ten things you should not buy on Black Friday.
Winter apparel – Despite all the sales and coupon deals between Thanksgiving and Christmas, you’ll do better waiting until the January clearance sales for stocking up. Unless, of course, you need to buy something for a holiday gift.m
Jewelry and watches – These are at their most expensive during the holiday season. Wait until January, and buy ahead for Valentine’s Day.
Cameras – New models generally are introduced in the spring, in time for summer travel season, so the best deals are in February.
Brand name HDTVs – The doorbuster Black Friday deals are often for lesser-known brands, and Consumer Reports reported a couple of years ago that some top brands, make lower-quality TVs without important high-tech features specifically for Black Friday doorbuster sales. Hold off until mid-December for the best deals on top brands. Or, wait until spring, when retailers clear the decks to make way for new models.
Autos – Wait until mid-December, when dealers lower prices for year-end sales to make their annual sales quotas.
Exercise equipment – Wait until December or post-holiday sales in January.
Bed and bath – Even though it’s no longer called the January White Sale, in part because there are so many colors now for sheets and towels, January is still a bargain month for bedding, blankets and linens. Ditto February, when winter blankets and comforters are clearance priced.
Thanks to Deal News for some of these tips.