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10 Products You Should Never Buy on Black Friday (and 10 You Should)

Shouldn't: TVs

Shouldn't: TVs

If a deal is too good to be true, then it probably is! You’ll see advertisements for massive televisions at unbelievable prices. It’s best to resist the temptation for these TVs; they tend to be made specifically for Black Friday, and are poor in quality. Get something that lasts.

Expect your typical Black Friday doorbuster to fall short of your expectations with fewer features, such as a less-than-adequate amount of HDMI slots. Even the most enticing deals on a name-brand television like Sony are going to be a disappointment because you likely won't find them in store. Most likely, they only have a few in stock and it was advertised just to get you in the store.

Should: Streaming Devices

Should: Streaming Devices

Streaming is currently the most popular way to watch TV and movies. That being said, everyone needs some kind of streaming device if you want to view the best content. However, even if you have a smart TV, you may not have availability of every streaming service on it, so a streaming device may still be necessary.

In 2021, Home Depot offered the Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite for a mere $18. The Roku Ultra 4K Streaming Media Player and Streaming Stick+ was just $100 at Costco. Other streaming devices to look out for deals are Chromecast and Apple TV 4K.

Shouldn't: Laptops

Shouldn't: Laptops

Black Friday isn’t the most wonderful time of the year for electronics. Doorbuster laptops, like special televisions, are rush jobs made to be sold at rock-bottom prices. You won't be getting anything comparable to a MacBook or a Dell. There’s a reason why high-end ultrabooks aren’t 50% off.

And once again, even if you see a quality laptop being advertised, there are likely very few in stock, and you won't even be able to get them. At the very least, you are looking at an older generation laptop that might become obsolete sooner than you would like. Don't rush to buy a laptop at any time of year. There is too much money on the line to waste on a piece of garbage. 

Should: Clothing

Should: Clothing

Clothing might not be the first thing that comes to mind regarding Black Friday sales since you probably buy clothes throughout the year. However, if you love shopping sprees, this is the time to do it. Clothing for children and adults can be found for as much as 50% off or higher.

In 2021, Kohl’s offered select clothing items for up to 50% off. Target offered some of their store brand clothing on sale as well such the Women's All in Motion Cozy Cowl Neck Pullover for $15. Black Friday is also a good time to shop for footwear. For instance, Adidas had a sale of up to 50% off - sitewide. 

Shouldn't: Winter Coats

Shouldn't: Winter Coats

Everyone should have a quality winter coat that will last for several years. Use common sense when it comes to buying winter apparel: Would the best sales happen at the end of November, when there are months of cold yet to come? Or would coats be flying off the racks in February, when retailers are trying to usher in their spring line?  

Those were both rhetorical questions. The answer to them is no. Bargain hunters are better off waiting until early in the new year or even spring to save on winter coats. Check a retail outlet near you for sales during the year. You are going to see the biggest savings on coats at the times you don't expect anyone to be buying them. 

Should: Movies

Should: Movies

You can save on Blu-rays, 4K Blu-rays, DVDs, and even on-demand streaming during Black Friday. You’ll often find movies for incredibly cheap at retailers like Amazon, Best Buy and Target – just to name a few. If you have been waiting to buy some of your favorite movies or televisions shows, you can likely find something you like or purchase something as a gift.

Retailers usually offer comparable prices regarding the cost of physical media – at least the big retail chains and online stores – but it’s always good to shop around from website to website to ensure you get the best deal. Keep in mind, though, that there may be order minimums required to get the best deal.

Shouldn't: Jewelry

Shouldn't: Jewelry

You’re planning to surprise your sweetheart with something shiny? Like chocolate, the best jewelry sales fall around Valentine’s Day. There may be one or two good deals, but don’t expect mass markdowns. Unless you are talking about jewelry that is going out of style. Then you might get lucky.

And for those kinds of items, you really want to check out those outlets. You can usually find reduced-priced items there. Some stores also have clearance items throughout the year but the problem with these items is that they are things people don't really want. The price is the only thing that makes them appealing. 

Should: Small Kitchen Appliances

Should: Small Kitchen Appliances

Small kitchen appliances like microwaves, air fryers, waffle irons, coffee makers and stand mixers, also usually on sale at this time of year. Black Friday sales can save you a ton on these items and even if you don’t need a new KitchenAid Mixer, they still make excellent gifts for your loved ones.

That being said, in 2021, Target had a couple of great deals, including the KitchenAid 5-Quart Professional Stand Mixer for just $220 and the Ninja Kitchen System with Auto IQ Boost and 7-Speed Blender for $100. Then there was the Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker for just $50. Other retailers like Macy’s and Kohl’s are good places to check for deals like these.

Shouldn't: Chocolate

Shouldn't: Chocolate

Many stores offer their luxury chocolate gifts at mouth-watering prices just after Valentine's Day. If you were looking for cheap boxes of Godiva chocolates, you’re shopping around the wrong holiday. Sure, everyone wants chocolate for holidays but the good news about candy is that it lasts quite a while. 

You don't need to buy chocolate just before the holidays unless you need to explicitly be holiday themed. That being said, if the chocolate is just for you, then you can probably wait. Chocolate isn't going anywhere. It's available all-year round. Save it as a treat now and then. You don't need to stuff your face on a stockpile of chocolate you got on Black Friday.

Should: Headphones

Should: Headphones

Everyone loves listening to music, so pretty much everyone could use a nice pair of headphones or earbuds for the holidays. Wireless earbuds are currently the most popular type of headphones, right now, because they are more discreet, and you don’t have you worry about fumbling around with wires.

As mentioned earlier, the Apple AirPods Pro earbuds were just $159 at Walmart in 2021. There was also the Apple AirPods Pro With MagSafe Charging Case for $190 at Target. Meanwhile, Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II Noise-Canceling Headphones were $180 at Target. The JBL Tune 225 True Wireless Earbuds were on sale for $50 but there are so many earbuds on the market now, you can surely find something in your budget.

Shouldn't: Smartphones

Shouldn't: Smartphones

A new phone might be on your loved one's Christmas list, but you probably won't find any amazing deals this time around on Black Friday. In the past, retailers like Target and Best Buy were known for selling smartphones for $0 with a two-year contract. Now that service providers have nearly phased out the traditional two-year contract, those “free” phones are gone. You may get a store gift card with your purchase of a new phone plan, but that’s the only benefit you can expect.

You're better off paying attention to the release date of the phone you want. Non-Apple phones typically grow more affordable in the months following a release. New iPhones are typically cheapest immediately after they have been released. If you're fine with a slightly older model smartphone, buy immediately after a new model has been released.

Should: Apple Products

Should: Apple Products

Apple products are always among the must-have items of the holiday season. From Apple Watches to MacBook Pros, chances are one of your loved ones has at least something from Apple on their wish list. The good news is that you can always find excellent deals on Apple products for Black Friday.

In 2021, you could find a set of Apple AirPods Pro for as low as $159 from Walmart. Also on sale at Walmart was the Apple Watch Series 3 for $109. Target also offered incredible deals on similar products such as the Apple Watch SE. You could even get a $15 Target Gift Card with the purchase of at least $100 in Apple Gift Cards, which is basically like getting free money – provided you usually shop at Target.

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Shouldn't: Furniture

Shouldn't: Furniture

Have you ever seen lines wrapping around your local furniture store on Black Friday? No? That’s because the deals just aren’t there. You’ll find lower prices in the summer, with the deals culminating on Labor Day weekend. Sure, you might see some Black Friday furniture ads but the savings will be minimal.

Besides, you are better off not buying furniture if you don't need it because you'll blow your budget on gifts that you still need to buy. Furniture accessories like pillows and ottomans are probably the only thing you should consider at this time of year - but not a couch or a bed.

Should: Large Appliances

Should: Large Appliances

If you need large appliances like refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers and other home essentials, then Black Friday is always the best time to do it. During the Black Friday sales event, you can save potentially hundreds of dollars on your new appliances and that’s certainly nothing to scoff at.

In 2021, the cost of a Samsung 28.2 cu. ft. French Door Refrigerator at Home Depot went down $1,999 to $1,298, which was a savings of 35%. The LG 26.2 Cu. Ft. French Door Smart Wi-Fi Enabled Refrigerator at Best Buy was $300 off.

Meanwhile, the Whirlpool 24 in. Top Control Built-In Tall Tub Dishwasher was $151 off, or you could get a complete LG Electronics Graphite Steel WashTower Laundry Center for just $1,598. And these were just some of the deals available last year.

Shouldn't: Toys

Shouldn't: Toys

Many families put up Christmas décor after Thanksgiving dinner before heading to the stores to buy Christmas presents. Even though the kids can’t wait to see presents under the tree, it’s best to keep them waiting. December brings better toy sales. But sure, we understand you don't want to disappoint the kiddos...

And that's why it's best to plan ahead. Purchase the toys they want well before the holidays if possible. They are kids, so unless you give them a hefty allowance and let them drive the car, it's not like they are going to go out and get what they want themselves. They can wait.

Should: Video Games and Gaming Accessories

Should: Video Games and Gaming Accessories

Whether purchasing digital copies or physical copies of all those new video games you want, Black Friday is definitely the time to do it. Most new games usually cost around $60 but if you wait for Black Friday, you can save almost half that on newer titles. Target, Best Buy and Amazon are ideal for physical media or you can check out digital platforms like steam to save on PC games.

Historically, gaming consoles and accessories have been on sale for Black Friday. However, lately, the availability of consoles has been somewhat limited, so don’t expect that to be the case unless stores start getting more consoles in. Nevertheless, you can still find deals on gaming headsets, VR Headsets, gaming chairs and controllers, among other things.

Shouldn't: Christmas Decorations

Shouldn't: Christmas Decorations

You may not intentionally be Black Friday shopping for Christmas lights or ornaments, yet they always end up lingering in your cart next to the Playstation you actually wanted to buy. Wait until December 26th for deck-the-halls deals! Christmastime is the worst time to buy any Christmas decor because the price has been hiked up for demand.

Christmas decorations are also just a distraction you don't need during your Black Friday shopping. If you had any hope of getting that TV on sale, it's not going to be after you've wasted time looking at Christmas lights. Besides, you should have been prepared for the holidays by now - the holidays are in less than a month at that point.

Should: Vacuums

Should: Vacuums

Keeping your house clean starts with a decent vacuum. You can purchase a cheap one throughout the year, but trust me when I say, it will break sooner rather than later. Black Friday is the best time to buy a vacuum, because you can get a quality one at a more appealing price.

Probably one of the best vacuum brands on the market is the Dyson and they usually go on sale for Black Friday. In 2021, you could get the Dyson V8 Motorhead Origin Cordless Vacuum for $250 at Target. But if that is outside your budget still, there are options like the Hoover Professional Series Power Scrub Elite Pet Carpet Cleaner, which was $149 at Home Depot. And if you’re lazy, why not get a robot’s help. The iRobot Roomba i1+ Self-Emptying Vacuum was reduced to $349 at Walmart.

Shouldn't: Newly Released Tablets

Shouldn't: Newly Released Tablets

Don’t expect the iPad Pro or Surface Book to see big markdowns on Black Friday. Since the latest pieces of technology are typically released towards the end of the year, a big Black Friday deal would be rushed. If you can settle for last year’s model, you’ll find better prices!

Remember that part of the reason that Black Friday exists is, so that retailers can clear out their old inventory. A lot of people make their big purchases at this time, so they end up selling a lot. You are doing the stores a favor. So if you need the latest model, just wait until the end of next year.

Should: Amazon Products

Should: Amazon Products

If you love shopping online, you are probably attuned to the fact that Amazon offers many great products – moreover, many products at a great price. Amazon’s tablets, smart TVs, and smart speakers are among their most popular products and you can usually find these on sale as Amazon makes way for the next generation of devices. So, if you do need a tablet, go with a Kindle Fire rather than the iPad if you want to save.

In addition to bargains on Amazon’s website, you can also usually find deals at Kohl’s when it comes to Amazon products. In 2021, The Fire HD 8 tablet was just $45 at Kohl’s. The Echo Show 8 was just $60, and on top of that, you would get $15 in Kohl’s Cash. Additionally, you could find deals at Target and Home Depot.